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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Fuel System, Sedan
#146 of 165 Re: 1990 Ford Taurus Problem with my Transmission [ladyautomech]
Jul 27, 2012 (1:12 am)
sorry for a late reply. i did replaced motor mounts, as well as transmission itself on my taurus several times. used to have smth similar problem ones, but it was related to misaligned kickdown cable spring, it can be tuned easily following your repair manual like chilton or haynes. Your description of noise also suggests there could be more severe a problem, even independent of what you did (a coincidence). If kickdown doesn't help, i would suggest to have a friend to listen from under the car, while you are shifting transaxle -- where does the noise come from: an engine or the transmission, any vibration or parts loose? If its transmission, you may simply "drop" it (without removing the engine, only CV joints), quick check it and the converter and reinstall it back (or overhaul the transmission, taking this opportunity, even better). Let forum folks know if it doesn't help!
#147 of 165 2007 Taurus starting problems
Jul 30, 2012 (12:23 pm)
Any ideas out there on what would cause difficulty starting, either warm or cold? It's been happening intermittently for months, but has recently gotten worse. There's been times when it's gone weeks without a problem. When it does occur, the gauges often twitch for a few seconds before returning to normal.
#148 of 165 Re: 2007 Taurus starting problems [autumnleaf1962]
by kirstie_h HOST
Jul 31, 2012 (6:50 am)
When you say it has difficulty starting, what happens when you try to start it? Does it just click and then nothing? Does it try to turn over and fail? Please provide whatever details you can to help others find the source of your issues.
#149 of 165 Re: 2007 Taurus starting problems [kirstie_h]
Jul 31, 2012 (9:11 am)
My car turns over and fails. Once it starts, it runs fine. Usually it starts after two or three tries, then all the dashboard gauges twitch for a few seconds. This has been happening for 8 months. Sometimes I have driven it for a week or two without any issues. My husband tested the pressure coming from the fuel pump and it seemed to be good. Also, he unhooked the fuel line somewhere under the hook and drained some bad gas and particles out of the line.
#151 of 165 Re: 2007 Taurus starting problems [autumnleaf1962]
Aug 08, 2012 (9:41 pm)
Hello, what year/model your Taurus is? Does it have EGR, or you have already blanked that useless thing off? Are there any error codes written in car computer?
It seems like it's more of a spark problem than gas. Try beating this one by an exception method (it will be like small overhaul for your car, at the same time):
1. Кeplace fuel filter(~4$)
2. Change motor oil. Install new oil pressure switch (~5$).
3. Replace PCV valve (~1$) and air filter ~4$
4. Replace the Ignition Control Module (ICM often is faulty on Taurus!) ~25$
5. Make sure your battery is not weared out, and alternator is charging it fine.
6. Replace those whitish cracked plumbum clamps on your battery terminals, they are oxydised from inside.
7. Install new spark plugs, check the spark cables.
8. Replace the distributor cap ~8$ with a new distributor rotor (~3$)
9. Install new starter solenoid ~5$
All can be done in your home garage, or in the open air. Changing those parts will also help if there are any loose/oxidized connectors causing extra resistance. If problem persists, and there are no any error codes in the computer, consider to go for major expenses like wash fuel system/clean injectors at your preferred auto service (~150$); buy a new starter ~50$ or new fuel pump (~60$), costly but won't hurt your car anyway) Hope it helps a bit.../arctic_taurus
#152 of 165 Re: 2007 Taurus starting problems [arctic_taurus]
Aug 14, 2012 (9:12 am)
Thanks for the info. It's a 2007 Taurus/SEL, not sure what engine it has, but it's not DOH.
We were thinking it might be a fuel rail issue or the sensor/regulator that's located at the end of the fuel rail. My brother ran an app on it and I believe it said bank 1 was running lean.
#153 of 165 Fuel pump problem?
Aug 17, 2012 (8:56 am)
We have a 1998 Sable wagon, not a SHO with 215000 miles. The engine is the standard stock engine. It has run fine until a couple of weeks ago when it began to miss and had a slight backfire when going up a hill. The check engine light has been on ever since. The problem now is intermitent.
We took it to a dealership and they THINK it is the fuel pump. The cost $1000. They ran a couple of tests and the following information was on the invoice. 215250 code P0172 Rich bank 2, PSI test was 26-35 psi entire ride No vacuum leaks.
I consulted a good local mechanic and after hearing the sympoms he was skeptical about the fuel pump because the misfire does'nt get worse when accelerating up hill. It actually clears up better. He said run it to failure and he would charge under $500 to replace the fuel pump. Any thoughts on the problem.
#154 of 165 Temp Guage Not Working
Oct 16, 2012 (11:17 am)
I have a 2004 Sable LS with a temp gauge that isn't working. The engine light came on, the temp gauge started reading low and then stopped reading anything. Took it to the mechanic, they said that the thermostat was stuck. Had them replace it but the gauge is still dead. It's the only one on the cluster not working. I asked if it could be the ECT sensor and was told no. The computer is getting a good signal from the sensor, so the mech. said it has to be working. He is saying there is a problem with the cluster but that doesn't make sense. Ford went to a single sensor/sending unit comb for this car, so I know it's not the sender because there isn't a separate one. Tempted to just have them replace the sensor and hope that fixes it.
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. The idea of driving around with no temp gauge really bothers me!
#155 of 165 Re: Temp Guage Not Working [jmsr21]
Oct 16, 2012 (12:34 pm)
If the computer really is getting a good signal from the sending unit, what is the error code on the check engine light?
New temperature sender for your Sable (2 pinned from Motorcraft) costs 9 dollars and surely you can replace it yourself, and also probably check the wiring from it in order to make sure.
On another hand, if it proves to be a cluster problem, I would assume you have an electronic cluster because there is virtually nothing to break in the mechanical one ...regards, arctic_taurus