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#173 of 197 Service Engine Soon
Nov 27, 2011 (9:46 am)
I got lazy a week ago and ignored my low fuel indicator. As I finally pulled into the pumps, my 1998 Ford Taurus stumbled and missfired. The tank took over 13.5 gallons, therefore only 2.5 gallons were remaining on the bottom of the tank. The moment, I restarted the 3.0 liter engine the "Service Engine Soon" light came on. The manual says the light should go out after a number of cold starts, this has not happened. I disconnected the negative battery wire for about 10 minutes, the light disappeared, for a short while, then returned. If anyone has any suggestions how to resolve the light issue, would be much appreciated. I should add, that after the fuel was added, the car runs as smooth as it did before I pulled my "lazy" stunt.
#174 of 197 Re: 02 Sable shut off while driving [pdenson17]
Dec 05, 2011 (9:22 am)
I have a '97 Ford Taurus with 155K miles. Mine does the same thing. It will also do it right after starting and turning the wheel whether in drive or reverse.
#175 of 197 Reason for malfunctions - Ford's Faulty Safety System
Dec 06, 2011 (1:54 am)
I posted above regarding the problems with my Ford Taurus. For all those with electrical problems, the real culprit is a combination of a faulty safety system malfunctioning in the steering column.
1) Check your keys, there is only (1) that works properly when inserted into the starter slot as ONLY THIS KEY is programmed to work with your safety system. There is a short or program defect whereby the safety system fails causing ALL of the problems listed in this forum. If we unlock and open our front passenger door BEFORE getting into the driver's seat, the vehicle will not start. This is why mechanics everywhere cannot find the problem source.
2) We explained to a number of Ford dealers the problems we're having and asked for help. The reply is totally rehearsed by each dealer, "We've NEVER heard of that happening before".
3) In order to find the exact problem, you must bring the vehicle to a Ford Dealer, use the diagnostic tester ($100), where it will be be monitored to find defects.
Let's wake up and smell the coffee - Ford's safety system is totally faulty in all of our vehicles. I have no idea what the costs would be to fix them. Shame on Ford for their denial of any problems. We're the ones stuck paying for THEIR errors!
#176 of 197 Electrical Problem/Anti-Theft System Problems
Dec 11, 2011 (8:33 am)
I have a 2003 Ford Taurus with 125K miles. Everything works fine then all of all sudden the car is dead and will not start. No lights, nothing except for theft light blinking. Remote won't work either. I have researched this problem and really haven't found the answer. I have unconnected the battery and reconnected. This does not help. The only thing that works sometimes if I jump the car it will start. This doesn't happen all the time, just at random times so I am scared to turn the car off unless I am at work or at home. Any suggestions or advice would greatly be appreciated.
#177 of 197 Re: Electrical Problem/Anti-Theft System Problems [jwwbuilder]
Dec 11, 2011 (10:39 am)
I have the same car with 150K miles with may of the same symptoms from time to time. I have a power drivers seat and noticed the the wiring harness with three different connectors were hanging loose under the seat. I removed the seat and re-attached them to the bottom of the seat. The connectors each have a plastic threaded plug that fits certain holes. So far so good, no more
#178 of 197 Re: Need Help W/Odd Electrical Problem 93 Taurus [spenser2]
Dec 11, 2011 (10:11 pm)
The problem to this persons issue is obviously outdated but this might help someone else with the same battery drain problem. I have a 1993 Ford Taurus SHO and started having problems with my New battery going dead over night. I accidentally found the problem when I reached under the passenger side seat. The power box for the electric seat was hot to touch (overheating) there was a small clicking sound I heard once I was close to the box. It kept running throughout the night and by morning the battery was dead. I unplugged the wires on the box and the problem was solved, no more battery drain. I took it in for repair but when I picked it up I noticed the wires were still unplugged so the mechanic plugged it in. Apparently they did not fix the problem but pretended that they did so be careful who you go to.
#179 of 197 Re: 2001 ford taurus electrical drain [maverick36]
Dec 26, 2011 (5:34 pm)
this is dustin i have a 2001 ford taurus with the same problem fuse #16 i was wondering what you did to fix it
#180 of 197 2005 Mercury Sable Electrical Problem
Jan 26, 2012 (12:12 am)
I have a 2005 Mercury Sable GS. In the past week I had the alternator and battery replaced after the car sat so I could get a new transmission. Two weeks ago my "check charging system indicator"came on. The car died. I was told it was the alternator. Last week I had a brand new alternator and a brand new battery put in along with new belts. The car ran completely fine. Then this afternoon, I went out to go somewhere and when I went to start the car it acted like it wanted to start then shut off. I had no power and had a beeping sound. Then after five minutes I went to start it and no power, no lights, no clicking, no nothing. Does anyone have a clue on what this may be? Could it be the starter, fuses, sylenoid (sp), ignition switch, electrical relay, or something else? I am completely baffled by what it could be.
#181 of 197 Re: 2005 Mercury Sable Electrical Problem [flaminsable]
Jan 26, 2012 (1:23 pm)
I had posted prior about the same problems with my 2000 Ford Taurus. We also replaced just about everything in hopes of finding and fixing the culprit; nothing helped. Ford is well aware of these failure issues, but will NOT issue a recall. Most of these "undetermined" difficulties are tied to your On-board Diagnostic (OBD) System. Unfortunately, you must take your vehicle to a licensed Ford dealer to utilize their diagnostic scanner which finds the corrupt "code" pinpointing the area/part of malfunction. This is where the rip-off comes in. What costs a bundle is the diagnostic monitoring itself. I was charged over $200 for JUST the monitoring as the first attempt failed in its diagnosis, however, after waiting a few days, the second scan DID find the problem. It was the multifunction relay which kept shorting out that needed to be replaced. The cost of the relay itself (located in the steering column) was minimal. Ford has you hook, line, and money sinker as you'll either go broke replacing parts, or have to file bankruptcy after multiple visits to the dealer. I'm sorry the answer is grim, but this may help others with "weird" problems before they have to play a guessing game of "What's Wrong With My Ford Now"? - played daily by volumes of Ford vehicle owners across the country!
#182 of 197 Re: 2005 Mercury Sable Electrical Problem [prazb2jc]
Jan 26, 2012 (4:40 pm)
Is the OBD something that can be replaced? Should I still have the starter, ignition switch, and sylenoid replaced to be on the safe side? I can say after this experience I will never ever own a Ford product again. I will stick with GM products.