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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair



  • The speedometer on my 1995 Taurus became erratic after 21,745 miiles. It was replaced under warranty and now is erratic again with 23,343 miles. These failures are sickenly common. 98 safety complaints pertaining to 95 Tauruses are contained in the NHTSA database as of 10/1/99. Since multiple failures on the same vehicle occurred frequently, these complaints cover 138 separate speedometer failures. In many cases 3 and even 4 separate speedometers failed in the same vehicles. Ford does not replace this junk after the 36000 miles warranty period.
  • No, but most dealerships offer a 12 month warranty on the parts and the work, so if it does fail, you can get it fixed for free (as you did.) I'm not saying it is right to have the same thing break several times, but at least it will be fixed for free.
  • Ford won't pay for my second failure because it has been over 12 months. In fact most of the failures listed in the NHTSA data base were not covered by the 12 month relacement warranty. This appears to only a 1995 year problem. Ford should recall all of these speedometer heads and replace them with a speedometer which can last more than 20,000 miles before someone gets killed.
  • I have a 98 Taurus with a DOHC Duratec. It
    started having a valve rattle noise after the first couple of thousand miles. It only has this noise right at 3900-4000 rpm under full throttle. The dealer refuses to release any TSBs and I don't
    trust them due to some history with them. I don't
    want my immaculate, low mileage car operated on
    needlessly (as they love to do to collect money
    from Ford) to address a common NON-problem. Any
    similar experiences? Something common? Serious?
  • I have a 1998 Taurus wagon with about 24000 miles on it. Recently, I notice that whenever the car is moving at around 1500 rpm (at about 15 -20 mph, there is a rattling sound from under the body, it is quite annoying, could it be from the exhaust pipes? Anyone has this experience and know how to fix it? But the sound will go away when the engine rpm goes beyond 2000.
  • 3900-4000 rpms??? I can never get my '93 Sable to go that far. It always shifts between 2000-3500.
  • pbb98pbb98 Posts: 19
    zacharylaurie, try moving your seat far enough up so that you can reach the accelerator. When I floored my '92 Sable(3.0) it didn't shift out of first gear till 6000.
  • Well, I don't know what to say. My 3.8L engine never revs that high before the transmission kicks in. In fact, I've never been in a car that revs that high before shifting. Maybe my engine doesn't need to rev as high to get power as the 3.0L engine, but that is a very big difference.
  • Also, I don't floor my car. I want it to last, and trying to redline the engine and get the engine to work that hard can not be good for the car (regardless of brand).
  • My '96 Taurus has 38,000 miles on it and no extended warranty. Recently when making a sharp turn at low speeds while under gentle acceleration a groaning noise is heard and there is a bit of vibration in the steering wheel. This occurs only as the steering wheel is being returned to neutral. It is slowly growing worse. The Ford dealership's diagnosis is a steering rack problem. The car has been fine with no other problems up to this point. I see that others have mentioned rack problems in older Taurus. Does anyone know if there a service bulletin on this? A "hidden warranty?" I would like to have any leverage I can find as I deal with this expensive repair.
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    Steering racks are pretty much wear-and-tear items. If they're going bad on the older models, then it seems like maybe the steering racks themselves are old. If you car was one or two years off the showroom floor, then you might have a better case.
  • I have a 97 Taurus GL Sedan with 34k on it and not a a single problem. But then, I drive like an old lady on her way to church. The way I see most people treat there vehicles, gunning the engines, whomping up to stop signs and then slamming on the brakes, Its a wonder more people don't have complaints. My last car was an 85 Honda Civic that had 320k when I finally gave it to Goodwill. (not because it was running bad, It was just that the floorboards rusted out from all the salt.)
    Accelerate slowly, brake slowly, follow your service manual and change your oil every 3k and you car will give you a long and serviceable life, regardless of the make.

    Just my 2 cents
  • I see I've rendered everyone speechless. While you're all pondering my earth-shattering revelations. I have a question. I have the original General Ameri tires on my Taurus. They have a good deal of tread left on them but my question concerns proper tire inflation. The sidewall has a max psi of 44. My dad always said keep 35 psi in your tires. What should it be. Any suggestions?
  • If you still have a Taurus:

    My '93 Taurus GL wagon has 94,000 miles on it and aside from a problem with the fuel pump, radiator, starter, windshield wiper switch and some other minor things I haven't had many problems with the car. According to some of the posts I've read, I may be one of the lucky ones. I am however concerned about the car as I approach the century mark. What should I look out for?

    Also, has anyone had a problem with the fuel pump on this car that turned out to be something other than the fuel pump. I did. I have to look in my records again to recall what it was that was causing the pump to not operate when called on. (the diagnostic code for fuel pump failure kept showing up but it was not the pump itself)

    I'll post this info later if anyone is interested and everyone hasn't sold all the Taurus' in the country.
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    117> Go with 35 psi. 32 is probably even adequate.
  • That does sound about right. I remember my dealership told me to keep my '93 Sable around 30-32 even though what is written on the tire is higher (35 I think.) It takes some of the harshness out of the ride too.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Keep an eye on the tire wear pattern. If the center of the tread is wearing more, reduce pressure a little. If the edges are wearing more, increase pressure a little. Remember that the makers tire pressures listed in the manual are based on the type and size of tire the car originally was equipped with. If you have changed the tires, these may no longer apply. Bear in mind that front wheel drive cars are a little harder on front tires, and you may notice a little feathering at the edges of the tread. Don't mistake this for under-inflation.
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    All Ford products I've owned have a label attached to the body of the car inside the passenger side, rear door. This should tell you Ford's recommended tire pressure.
  • b3u12b3u12 Posts: 7
    Now that I have read all the horror experiences
    about the Taurus ,whats the opinion on the 1996 Ford contour?
  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    May I suggest that you go to a topic that's already been established to ask you question about the Contour?

    Let's save this one for discussion of Taurus maintenance.

    Click here to go there.

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