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#67 of 199 taurus 2001 theft light flashes
Apr 09, 2008 (9:44 am)
here's another one...The car is locked, but the red "theft" light is flashing inside. No amount of using the car key, or the remote key, makes it go away. The car starts just fine. The theft light blinks all the time (ecept maybe when car is running?) No after-market stuff is installed -- this is the Ford security system. And yes, I have the same key I've had for years, without this problem. However, I believe that a service guy has disconnected the power (at the battery) a few months ago. Any answers or references to other places (specifically)?
#68 of 199 Re: taurus 2001 theft light flashes [kdmcgann]
Apr 09, 2008 (9:53 am)
Its supposed to flash to let you know that its working. One flash about every 5-10 seconds or so I think. If itw asn't flashing I would think that your security system is not working
#69 of 199 Re: Door sensors/battery drain? [truckinbean]
Apr 09, 2008 (10:03 am)
Well, just an update.. turned out our problem was none of the things we thought it was. The sputtering and electrical problems were because one of the spark plugs was malfunctioning. Unfortunately we found out too late because it blew itself right out of the cylinder and my car had major malfunctions while driving - had to take it in to the shop. They put a helicoil in it for the spark plug and suddenly everything was fine. Unfortunately something else went wrong and the rolling lifters needed adjustment as well at that point and a nice little tick tick tick began to ruin our day. The mechanic said I might as well get a new engine and have it put in... no thanks. Bought a new car and said goodbye to this one. I sold the car this past weekend to a nice couple with more kids than I for $850 cash ....Even if they spend 1000 or more on fixing it they will have a great car for a more than decent price.
#70 of 199 Stalling at stop lights and almost at highway speeds
Apr 20, 2008 (8:23 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Taurus SES. I purchased it in January and it has recently been stalling when I stop. I hear a whining noise and then the theft light starts blinking, then the speedometer goes hay wire, then it stalls. Sometimes it just stalls when I stop without those indications. It also almost stalls while driving at highway speeds, only sometimes though, when I brake, use cruise control, or signal but it doesn't completely die, and resets the radio from on to off. It's like a power outage for 2 seconds then everything comes back online. The odd thing is that these things only happen once in awhile, but they are occurring more frequent lately. I have read that many people have had this problem but no one has been able to isolate the problem. Has anyone found out what the problem really is? Thanks for your help in advance.
#71 of 199 Re: OD light on '98 Sable [faust]
Apr 24, 2008 (4:32 am)
YES THERE IS A PROBLEM!!! My 96 Taurus OD light flashes on. the car won't shift into overdrive. I have a manual that said to replace the # 3 solonoid. We did and it did not fix it. will be working on it today for another answer.
please ask dealer what it takes to fix it and let me know?
#72 of 199 2002 Ford Taurus stall and theft light comes on
May 13, 2008 (6:29 pm)
My 02 Ford Taurus acts like it is going to stall and the theft like comes on ? It actually did stall at a red light once and the theft light came on ? Some times the key pad will not unlock my car, I thought the key pad battery was dead but it wasn't. Does anyone know anything about this ?
#73 of 199 Re: taurus dashboard light [kdmcgann]
Jun 03, 2008 (3:55 pm)
We have the same problem with the dashboard lights.
Did you get an answer to your problem or get it fixed?
#74 of 199 Re: taurus dashboard light [pointerboyd]
Jun 04, 2008 (8:06 am)
Its not fixed. I asked a mechanic, who speculated that the cause was in the electronic circuit board in the back of the dashboard display, which would be very expensive to replace. However, I don't believe that's it, and I can't say that he was speaking from "experience".
I believe that the cause is in the headlight switch, on the dashboard below and to the left of the steering column, along with the dimmer. I believe that the problem is with a lose contact in there. I think the problem depends on the temperature outside; the dash doesn't work in the winter cold, but sometimes works in the summer heat. (It just resumed working temporarily last week.) I think that the temperature shrinks or swells a metal contact (or plug) just enough to break the circuit. (Or else its just loose!!) I haven''t invested in replacing that switch yet. I had the exact same problem with an earlier-model Taurus, and i think they were still using the same switch in manufacturing the 2001.
If you replace that switch and it works, let me know!
#75 of 199 Re: taurus dashboard light [kdmcgann]
Jun 04, 2008 (8:33 am)
I have a 2000 Sable with the same issue and I have replaced the headlight switch. It has somewhat fixed the problem. Now only on occassions and very intermittent does it happen when the lights are worked manually. However it still has the same problem when the lights are on automatic. So I just turn my lights on and off and that seems to be fine.
#76 of 199 2000 Mercury Sable.....
Jul 04, 2008 (5:58 am)
Purchased in 2004 with 45k miles and now have 165k miles. Love the car - sharp looking, all leather, all the bells and whistles.
I've has some issues though. Got recalled for coil issue and ended up costing me $600. (sway bar/front end problems). Year later I replaced the ball joints, coils, struts and rotors. (~$1000)
That being said, the car has been a good soldier - I drive lots of miles and it has been very reliable - I would buy another....
Few issues currently:
*Door ajar light on which sort of disables the auto door lock feature and messes with interior lights too - Going to try the WD-40 trick I just read about.
*Low Coolant light comes on intermittently, but the coolant level is fine?
*Cruise Control stopped one day? Is there a fuse for this? What fuse?
*AC blows warm? Going to try loading a can or two of refrigerant?
These are small nuisance-type problems, but in Massachusetts, I can not get an inspection sticker with a dash warning light on!