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#28 of 72 1999 Ford Taurus Problem
Jan 19, 2009 (12:23 pm)
I have a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon. To avoid a wreck I put the car into reverse from drive and accelerated hard. The tires squeaked and all of the sudden the car made a grinding noise. When I put it up it into any other gear it made the same noise. I can only put it in park or neutral. When I jacked it up onto stands and put it in drive it makes the grinding noise only when my foot is on the brake. When I release the brake the wheels spin. I was thinking the problem could be a broken halfshaft either on the left or right side, but I am not sure. If you are experienced and have any knowledge on this please post back.
#29 of 72 Re: 1999 Ford Taurus Problem [cardude_2009]
Jan 19, 2009 (2:04 pm)
Hate to say it, but sounds like you definately did transmissin damage. You never shift from drive to reverse when moving. How fast were you going when you shifted into reverse? If less than 10mph, the damage is probably minor. if, however, you were going full speed, then I'd say you're probably looking at a major repair(maybe complete overhall)Don't necessarily take the car to your dealer. Find someone local who specializes in transmission repair, such as "AMMCO"
#30 of 72 Re: 1999 Ford Taurus Problem [keithm1]
Jan 19, 2009 (2:40 pm)
I am pretty sure I was fully stopped when I put it into reverse, but then I accelerated hard when I was in reverse, but yeah I'm almost positive its transmission problems after looking at it more closely and I might just buy another car.
#31 of 72 Re: 1999 Ford Taurus Problem [cardude_2009]
Jan 19, 2009 (2:45 pm)
I'd get a good estimate before shelling out for a new car!
#32 of 72 Re: 1999 Ford Taurus Problem [keithm1]
Jan 19, 2009 (3:43 pm)
Not to jump the gun, but what are some of the better used car buying sites.
Feb 23, 2009 (7:04 pm)
Bought a 2008 used, very low mileage FWD Taurus about a month ago. I immediately noticed that when I start the car in the morning the engine is rough for several minutes. The engine sounds like it misses and the car even vibrates a little. I took it in to have it checked and naturally they said they didn't hear anything. The other thing that concerns me and may be connected is that I'm only getting 18-19 MPG for combined highway and around town driving. I got 18.4 MPG driving a 180 mi stretch of freeway. The car has about 9K miles. Will gas mileage improve or is it possible that the gas additives in Ca. are contributing to the problem. This will be my last Ford if the Ford dealer sold me the car letting me think I'd be getting 28 MPG.
#34 of 72 Re: MPG [christian6]
Feb 23, 2009 (7:53 pm)
I believe you may have a problem. I get 28 or better mpg on the highway (at approx 70 mph), and 18 or 19 around town (but not center city driving) with my 2008 Sable. I have no rough idling at start up. Take it back to your dealer or to another one.
#35 of 72 Re: MPG [christian6]
Feb 23, 2009 (8:40 pm)
My folks average 26 MPG when they travel to and from the gulf coast. They average closer to 80 MPH though. In mixed driving, they end up around 23-24. Few stoplights however.
#36 of 72 2008 sable fog light removal
Mar 16, 2009 (12:34 pm)
How does one remove one of the fog lights to replace bulb? Manual says to turn clockwise..when bulb comes out..disconnect connector & replace bulb. I find that there is a "phlange" that seems to prevent you from turning bulb to remove from socket. Anyone have any ideas to get around this?
#37 of 72 Re: '08 Taurus heater question [jontyrees]
Mar 22, 2009 (8:56 pm)
My 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES has auto climate control. In the winter, (like now),if I have it on auto setting, it does a timed countdown and starts anywhere from 2min to 3 min or so. During the countdown, I have absolutely no air flow at all. Once it gets to zero, the blower automatically makes up for lost time blowing at a very high speed until the cabin starts to reach the preset temperature. Therefore, your unit is probably operating as designed.