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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair

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  • rivdogrivdog Posts: 1
    I just bought a used 1994 Sable and found out that the sunroof will not open or close. The control panel for it lights up but nothing happens when you press open or close. I'm not too great when it comes to troubleshooting electrical so any help would be greatly welcomed!
  • bob158bob158 Posts: 1
    My sable starts accelerating too a high speed when put in
    park. any help on this?
  • kevmokevmo Posts: 4
    When I'm turning a corner slowly and am turning my wheel back to straight a grinding/growling noise comes from the front end. Any ideas on what this might be? Sway bars? Stuts? Steering linkage?

    Thanks for your help.
  • kong59idkong59id Posts: 2
    My 2002 sable LS has a buzzing noise comming from the dash or the windsheild (can't really tell) when I am on the highway driving at speeds between 55 and 80 mph. What could this be?

    Thanks
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If you make a mistake on the posts, you can go back and click edit and correct it. You do not have make a new post.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    My son's 2001 Taurus was stalling last night when put into drive. My son said that if he put it in Reverse before he put it into drive, and then put it to Drive, that it would go. If he went directly to Drive it would stall.

    What could this be? Please advice soon!! :sick:
  • vandal88vandal88 Posts: 2
    I have a 93 taurus and the water pump went out on it. Do I need to lift the engine up in order to get it off or is there a way that you can get it past the frame of the vehicle?
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    3.8 or 3.0 engine? I know the 3.0(non SHO) can be done easily without having to move the engine. Did it myself in a hour or so. EZ job.
  • Hello evryone

    How difficult is it to replace the oil pan gasket on a 99 Sable with the 24 valve DOHC engine? Does the engine need to be lifted? I was quoted $600 to replace which seem ridiculous. Is this something I can do? Any advice?
  • alli3alli3 Posts: 2
    I recently bought a 1993 ford taurus, when i purchased it the previous owner told me that it needed a new master cylinder. I tried to replace it, did what the instructions told me to and the breaks still don't work.
    Any ideas to what could be wrong with it?
  • oldescortoldescort Posts: 1
    I will be replacing the front struts/strut bearings on my Sable and will be doing my own work. Is it necessary to disconnect the tie rod end and separate the lower ball joint from the lower control arm? Thanks.
  • willis3willis3 Posts: 76
    I have a '97 Taurus with the Vulcan engine. It developed a leak and the oil pan had to be replaced. The engine doesn't need to be lifted (although the car will be lifted and removed from the underside).

    I can dig through my receipts and find out the cost of this repair (occurred 2-3 years ago).

    As for repairing it yourself, you would need a good set of jackstands. I'm sure it's easier to do the repair if the car is on a lift.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    2001 DOHC engine. 2 weeks ago it stalled one night when it was put into drive. It did it a few times. My son said it went after he went into Reverse first, then into drive. It didn't do it again for the past 2 weeks. I was worried about the Reverse part, and thinking trans, but haven't had it checked as it's been fine.

    Last night it stalled 2 times when he put it into Drive after starting it, the third time he tried it went. Five minutes (his estimate) later it stalled after he stopped at a light. It stalled when he went to go on the green, not while he was sitting still. Today he went out a little bit, and it was fine.

    I am thinking maybe the putting it in Reverse and then Drive, from 2 weeks ago, was just a coincidence. Maybe it is not trans related (like that made me think). Possibly that it went, after he put it in reverse first, was a coincidence.

    I think the fuel filter is fairly new. This car is new to us, and we don't have complete records. The shop will check it out...but can't take it until Friday. Two weeks ago there were no codes, and no lights came on this time (until the stall, when they all came on).

    Just looking for likely culprits. I am hoping for reassurance that it could be a minor thing. What kind of minor things would not send codes?

    Any help??
  • gyatesgyates Posts: 55
    Could be the Idle Air Control (IAC) Valve. My Explorer did something very similar, and also did not cause the Check Engine light to come on. It is a relatively inexpensive part. Is it also idling very low, close to the point of the engine quitting? If so, I would definitely think the IAC valve. On the Explorer, it is located right on top, veyr easy to fix myself. I do not know where it si on the Taurus, but someone like Autozone could tell you I am sure.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    He hasn't mentioned the idle being a problem. It is fine today. Was yours intermittent when it went bad? DId it happen off and on, or did it just go bad all at once? I hope it is that easy!

    Nothing is easy to reach on this stinking engine.

    I will write it down on my list of questions to ask the mechanic. I am always afraid of being taken by the mechanic..I've usually had newer cars with, or just out of warranty. This is my first excursion into a used (too used) car, for my son. I think it may be a costly mistake. :sick:
  • gyatesgyates Posts: 55
    Mine went bad all of a sudden. I got in it one morning to got to work, and it would barely run enough to back out of the garage. Once I hit the road, though, with foot on the gas pedal, it ran fine. But, every time I stopped, I had to give it gas to keep it running. Never got a check engine light.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    Below is a post I already made. A friend says it could be the torque converter. He says Ford will have a whole diagnostic they could run that a small shop might not. Is he possibly correct (about Ford) and should I let them take a crack at diagnosing it rather than the small shop?(then fix it elsewhere-if cheaper)

    PRIOR POST
    2001 DOHC engine. 2 weeks ago it stalled one night when it was put into drive. It did it a few times. My son said it went after he went into Reverse first, then into drive. It didn't do it again for the past 2 weeks. I was worried about the Reverse part, and thinking trans, but haven't had it checked as it's been fine.

    Last night it stalled 2 times when he put it into Drive after starting it, the third time he tried it went. Five minutes (his estimate) later it stalled after he stopped at a light. It stalled when he went to go on the green, not while he was sitting still. Today he went out a little bit, and it was fine.

    I am thinking maybe the putting it in Reverse and then Drive, from 2 weeks ago, was just a coincidence. Maybe it is not trans related (like that made me think). Possibly that it went, after he put it in reverse first, was a coincidence.

    I think the fuel filter is fairly new. This car is new to us, and we don't have complete records. The shop will check it out...but can't take it until Friday. Two weeks ago there were no codes, and no lights came on this time (until the stall, when they all came on).

    Just looking for likely culprits. I am hoping for reassurance that it could be a minor thing. What kind of minor things would not send codes?
  • fkrolfkrol Posts: 1
    What was the problem? I'm having the same except I'm getting a bout 200 miles per tank. Still nearly a third less than normal. THANKS!
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    Does anybody know what the mechanic labor rate is for non-warranty work at dealerships? I am in South Jersey and about to go in for a "diagnostic" for stalling. She said it costs $120 and she thought that allows for 1.5 hours to diagnose. Just wondering to compare with other shops.

    Any ideas on the parts markup (for motorcraft, new, reman. etc)? I think I am looking at a rebuilt steering rack.

    How about the bodyshop rates? I am considering a new bumper too. I doubt they would attempt a "repair" of my existing.
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