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Mercury Sable, Ford Taurus, Heating / Cooling, Sedan, Wagon
#71 of 94 Water Gauge
Feb 17, 2009 (7:45 pm)
I have a Ford Taurus 1996 wagon, My water gauge rises almost to 3/4 the way up especially up hill and on hot days, mechanic flushed out the radiator but said it will probably need replacing eventually. Which will be a drag and expensive as its undaneath.I use my A/C to lower the gauge and it works but if the hill is really steep and goes for about 15mins, once at the top I started to notice smoke coming from the bonnet once engine was turned off. I let it cool for about half an hour, checked the water, it was fine, no other obvious things noted. drove again everything was fine. Could it be I need to replace the radiator? Someone suggested could be the pistons? Please help.....
#72 of 94 Knocking
Feb 17, 2009 (7:47 pm)
My ford taurus 96 has a knocking clicking sound on the left side sumwhere by the front tyre. Its noticible when steering round corners and at times breaking...plz help
#73 of 94 Re: 2001 Mercury Sable Climate Control Not Working [themcglynns]
Mar 13, 2009 (5:38 pm)
I have this EXACT same problem, but can not figure out what to do about it - I am hesitant to take it to a mechanic before doing a little research since I just moved to Texas, where there is no such thing as consumer protection, and any mechanic can take you to the cleaners just for pulling into their parking lot. (And for those who say this means they won't stay in business, you should see how often these "businesses" drown customers is so much garbage and fear - you might KILL someone if you don't get those brakes fixed! - and then change hands, claiming "new ownership" to sucker people into giving them another try).
Does anyone know about this problem? How do you get the A/C to reset? That could at least be helpful, since we are now going to be facing very high temperatures here in the near future!
#75 of 94 heating/cooloing leak
May 04, 2009 (1:06 pm)
I have a 1997 Taurus with about 120,000 miles on it. Analysis showed the torque converter bad and it shifts very hard when it gets warm. I have been told I'm lucky the transmission hasn't gone out by now. My heating/cooling system started with a small leak and I now come to where I constantly have to keep it checked and filled. It is under the motor towards the front and slightly to the driver's side. I have had it looked at 3 times. My regular mechanic said he couldn't see from where it was coming. Another thought it was the heater core but that is not where it is leaking and there is no water inside the car at all. I just paid someone else to tell me he thinks the freeze plug between the transmission and motor is bad and the water is coming out over the oil pan to where it drips but couldn't say for sure and,of course, that would be expensive. Can anyone add any info that might shed light on my problem and would this be anything covered under the recall? Also is there any consideration on the transmission repair by Ford? I believe I am the third owner of this car.
#76 of 94 Coolant Drain on 2006 Taurus
May 11, 2009 (10:22 am)
Where is the radiator (and engine if any) coolant drain valve on a 2006 Taurus with 24 valve engine? How do you get to it?
#77 of 94 Re: Water Gauge [capcha]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:08 pm)
I had a 1994 Sable with 200K+ miles and ran into almost every common problem with that generation car. One common problem with the car was water pump failure. Under high load (driving up a hill or hard acceleration) it would overheat. Although I did replace the radiator at one point, it was because they have a tendency to leak where the plastic side reservoirs meet the aluminum cooling fins. I wouldn't replace the radiator unless it leaked. Look closely at the water pump and look for leaking fluid or play in the bearings.
FYI - that generation car had very poor cooling systems and transmissions, but if taken care of aren't too big a problem (a new water pump only cost me 30$ since I could replace it myself).
#78 of 94 Re: Coolant Drain on 2006 Taurus [tmm2]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:11 pm)
Passenger side of the car, underneath and to the passenger side of the radiator you'll see a 3/4" or so hose connected to the radiator. When the engine is COLD pull the hose off the connector and be ready for it to empty quickly - it takes only about 30sec compared to 3-4 minutes in the old style twist-cock thing.
#79 of 94 Re: 2000 Mercury Sable heating and coolant problem. [sableowner]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:15 pm)
That happens when the coolant is not in contact with the temp sensor (i.e. there is NO coolant in the engine). You obviously have a lark leak in the system and need to tow it to a shop where they will find the leak and replace the part. Shouldn't bee too expensive (no more than 250$ if a shop does the work, less than 100$ if you can do it yourself).
#80 of 94 Re: Knocking [capcha]
Sep 30, 2009 (7:15 am)
had similar problem with my 01 Sable. there was a "link" on the front suspension thar was wore out. The factory one some kind of hard plastic. the MOOG aftermarket one was steel. Anyway, I replaced it and the noise was gone.