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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair



  • crt1crt1 Posts: 2
    Hello I have a 1992 Ford Taurus
    Lost steering in my right front wheel, the right front wheel will no longer turn with my left wheel.
    When I turn the steering wheel left or right my left tire is the only one that will move,
    my right side tire will not move at all. every thing looks to be connected.
    I can jack-up the right side and move the tire feely by seems that were the tie-rod is connect to the steering gear, this may be were it has separated.
    Luckily my daughter was at a stop sigh when this happen, it's funny thou she said she never heard anything.
    Please advice on what you think might have happen matter.
    Thank you for your time.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    Yeah sounds like a busted tie rod if the left wheel will move and the right one won't. She's pretty lucky. I've had one break while on the freeway and it isn't pretty.


  • I have a 96 ford taurus gl and have intermittant heat.
    I've had the thermostate changed, the heater core, water pump,pellium box, i pissed i still have intermittant heat. Even had the rad flushed and checked for air bubbles.
    Does anyone else have any ideas. The mechanic suggested taking off the over flow hose that goes to the engine.
    Someone please help i'm frustrated in canada. :sick:
  • I had a groaning noise in my car and the end result ended up being because they replaced the rotors and not the brake pads. We changed the pads and its fine. But who knows maybe it isn't the same noise
  • i have the same problem with my 96 taurus but i've had the heater core, water pump, thermostate, plenum box changed and the rad flushed. still i have no heat. so i need suggestions too. :lemon:
  • lsclaylsclay Posts: 1
    keep replacing fuel injectors and fuel pump in 1997 ford taurus. something is causing them to go out.voltage good. help please
  • I recently bought an old Taurus to use in rural mail delivery. When I put it in gear and push on the gas it clunks once. I have noticed if I take my foot off the brake and idle off about one second the clunk does not occur. When I had the tires replaced the tire place said I had loose motor mounts. I can use it for its purpose but want to know where to look when whatever is clunking finally wears out.
  • crt1crt1 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply.... yeah were glad she wasn't moving. Do you know if the complete gear assist will have to be replaced..ever thing on the will hub still looks in good shape. the manual doesn't show any thing about how it is attached to the steering gear.

    Thanks for any an all help guys

  • jflaugjflaug Posts: 1
    2002 Taurus SE, 64k miles. Every now and again, I smell a hint of coolant through the vents. Under the hood, there are no leaks from any of the hoses or radiator, but the reservoir is full and almost boiling. No change in performance either cold or hot, and the thermostat has always read in the normal mid-range. Any ideas?
  • devwdevw Posts: 4
    my guess, heater core
  • I'm in the process of changing out the lower control arm/balljoint assembly for my '93 taurus. The part costs $63 + tax at the parts store (in Central NJ), and my mechanic wants 2 hours of labor (at $60/hr.) to install. Plus, there is a 30% chance that I'd need to perform an alignment for $60.

    I actually tried to install the control arm myself, and easily removed all three bolts holding the old part in after hitting them with penetrating oil, but couldn't get the control arm off of the the rod that attaches to the subframe. Even beating it with a 4lb. sledge wouldn't budge it, so I re-assembled everything and made the appt. with the mechanic.

    If you are being quoted more than $300 for everything incl. an alignment, you might want to check another mechanic.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58

    I have a 2001 SES with 84,700 miles on it now. It is wonderful. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that my original Ford Motocraft battery croaked today. So I replaced with an Everlast 2-year from Wal-Mart for $39.77 + tax. Just thought I'd let anyone know who has a Taurus near my mileage.

    Secondly, I borrowed a friend's 2002 Dodge Intrepid to go get the battery. The car has 51,200 miles. To compare the two cars for anyone shopping vehicles, the Intrepid had more power, but was harsher and noisier. Also the interior rattled and panels on the doors seemed loose. And, when heavily accelerating, the transmission didn't feel normal. Once I was back in my car, mine felt so much smoother and quieter, and nearly as powerful. ** Just thought I'd share this.

    Thirdly, I have a question that I asked before but don't think I got any answers. Whenever I round a curve or go up and around a hill, if my foot is ON THE GAS, a vibration emits from the car under me - NOT a steering vibration. My car is perfectly aligned and balanced with no wheel shakes or wheel play. If my foot is OFF the gas, this vibration is not present. My suspension all checks good. This problem is not really annoying, but I have driven a 2000 Taurus SE w/(4) different tires (NO KIDDING!) and did not emit this vibration. Any heads up would be great!

    THANKS! And happy driving!
    - Alex
  • wgreenwgreen Posts: 17
    Alex- Just bought an 01 SES with 70000 miles on it.Had a vibration when using the brakes but new pads and rotors took care of that.
    However I've noticed it has a strange slight vibration in the steering wheel from time to time when you are just driving along.It's hard to describe,but it feels like the steering wheel moving slightly from left to right in slow motion,usually only lasts for a second or two.Might have something to do with the power steering.This sounds different from the problem you have though.
  • my heater gets stuck in a position ( hot usually). I found the mechanism behind the radio mount and watched the guide move, then stick at a point. I 've oiled it , which worked for 6 months, but is now recurring, so was looking to see if this was a common problem. So really it is nothing to do with the heating, just the direction it circulates.
  • votbsvotbs Posts: 4
    I never could get the drums off. I took it to a repair shop and even they had a terrible time getting the drums off. My suggestion is if you wait too long to change, you may as well let a repair shop handle it.
  • votbsvotbs Posts: 4
    I want to do the job myself. Is there a drain plug similar to the old Pet Cock that will let the fluid drain from the motor?
  • HI, i am new here and though i see something similiar to my questions i guess i have an additional problem to add, I recently purchased a 1998 Mercury Sable, it seemed to be in great condition, however now that it is getting colder i have tried using the heater and all i am getting is cold air, which poses more of a problem for defrosting than being warm!! There are times when i stop the car that i can smell antifreeze, okay i am a "girl" i dont know alot about cars and dont have alot of extra money.. is this something that is an easy fix? also, since i was going to check it as well as my fluids today i went to open my hood, pulled the hood latch on the inside and well... nothing, its evidently popping the hood underneath somewhat as when i push down on the hood it clicks again, is there another way to get the hood open other than the latch? I guess i have gotten taken for the proverbial ride. but maybe someone can give me an easy fix?
    Thanks a bunch
  • wgreenwgreen Posts: 17
    There is another latch outside the car that you have to push down on,pull up,slide over or whatever.It will be located in the gap between the car and the hood.
    You might have to stoop down and look underneath the end of the hood on the surface it closes onto,there is a little latch there that releases the hood and lets it go all the way up,might help if you shine a flashlight in there.
    If you can't find it the next time you get gas ask the attendant to check your oil and ask him to show where the latch is.
  • votbsvotbs Posts: 4
    The fuel gauge dash light is burned out. Is it controlled by a fuse or what? How can I change or get it to work?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    DEFINITELY check the fluids...if you've lost a lot of coolant, you won't have heat in the car.


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