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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Sedans Pre-2008



  • edgriebeledgriebel Posts: 3
    Bonehead move last nite, I left the pax window 1/2 open and it rained a fair bit overnite. Aside from sopping up the standing water, is there anything else I could do, like popping a chassis drain plug? Also, anything to look out for down the road? Thanks!
  • here simple little step

    start the car than turn on your A/C to max. look at your pully to the compressor. the pully should turn than you have your compressor that should also be turning. if it is than you need a charge.

    If the compressor is not turning than you nees to go a voltage meter (wallmart $9), w/ the car on but the compressor off find the connection to the compressor. once you locate the remote wire than turn on the compressor and check if you are getting a reading than you know its the compressor, if no reading or a weak reading than check your connections, GROUND, and relays
  • bear with me, this is part of another entry i placed today for someone else, but i thought it might help you....

    crutchfield is very good when it comes to finding the right sterio for your car, but if your taurus is like my 99 taurus, it has the round faceplate in the center of the dash.... there's no cd player or tape deck that can fit, unless you order the faceplate and tape deck from ford directly... (I battled this one for two years.....) you can't get a cd player put in your car, at least not in the cabin. The 99 taurus's have a built in adapter and brackets for the 5 or 6 disk changer in the trunk, right below the back window. it's basicly, plug and play. if your faceplate in the dash has the 'disc' buttons, then once you install it (a few screws and one big plug) you're good to go. if your faceplate doesn't have those buttons, you can order a new faceplate and tape deck from ford, and have your local body shop or mechanic install it for you. there's a special tool they will need to take the plate off, don't try it yourself or you'll break it without it. Oh, and don't waste your money on a 300 or 400 dollar changer, they're all the same unless you have new speakers put in.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Since the SES model no longer exists, how does a 2002 SES compare to a 2006 SE?
    I noticed the newer Tauruses lost the puddle lamps, glove box light, dark tint band at the top of the windshield, and changed to black plastic interior door handles. What else?
    Is there any other decontenting that is not visible? For instance did they reduce sound insulation, bumper quality, seat cushion quality or make any other hidden changes?
    Did they actually improve anything?
    If you upgrade from SE to LX on the 2006, do you get any of those lost features back?
  • crfceocrfceo Posts: 2
    I have a 1997 Taurus. SURPRISE! The tranny's shot...
    So I bid on one on e-bay and won a rebuilt one for 100.00! Whoopie! As I begin to remove the old one it seems to me that it may be easiest to remove the motor with the tranny. Can anyone confirm this? I was going to try removing just the transmission but I on't think I could drop it without removing the subframe.
  • It is a 3.0 with a 110,00o miles on it. It is using about 1 qt about every 500 miles or so. It is not leaking at all.
  • I'll bet it IS leaking. My experience is this. I went on a small road trip in my 1997 taurus. I pulled off the highway to get gas an d realized my transmission wasn't working. I got out and it was leaking badly. I managed to get it home stopping every few miles to refill it. The next morning, I jacked up the car, put it on stands and started it to find the source of the leak. There wasn't any! I let it run, I revved it, and NOTHING leaked. This was about 1 year ago. Today, I pulled my motor to replace the transmission, which is completely shot. I managed 1 extra year using transmission additives and sealers. If you search this site, you'll discover much as I did that this is a common problem with , dare I say ALL ford Taurus'. The transmissions are crap.
  • it is not leaking from what i can see. I park in a concret drive way and there is never any spots there,ever. Can it be burning it like the older cars did thru the modulator
  • It leaks when transmission fluid gets hot. Before that it does not leak. But when it gets hot - it leaks like hell. I had this problem in my '94 Taurus. I bought it with more than 100K and it was commersially used (or misused) but cheap. I discovered AT to leak badly at parking lot 40 miles away from home, I drove it stopping once in a while to add fluid but made it to home and even commuted several monthes before fixing AT. The reason was malfunction of converter clutch - it screwed computer and that caused harsh shifts. Even replacing converter did not solve problem with clutch malfunction. May be problem was computer or something else. I still managed to commute three years when leaking became bad enough to give up and at this point I was able to buy a brand new car.
  • I am going to sell or give away my aging fathers 1990 Mercury Sable. The air bag light is blinking, ten times. I think that means a faulty firing circuit disarm device. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

    Thanks John
  • I have a 1989 Mercury Sable 3.8L that is running very rich. the code reader is giving codes 41 and 91 indicating o2 sensors are always reading "lean", so the computer is trying to compensate and add more gas. I replaces the sensors with the same result. any thought of what it might be
  • I have a 2002 Taurus. When it is cold outside the dash lights do not come on, only the turn indicators, when you turn on the head lights. At fisrt, last year, it took a couple of minutes for the lights to come on, now it takes up to 45 minutes. Does anyone know what might be the problem? It is unnerving to be driving at night without dash lights. Help please! :-)
  • I had a similar problem with a 1994 Grand Marquis. This car was equipped with autolamps. The funny thing was, when you turn the headlights on manually, ONLY the headlights came on; no parking lights, no side markers, no instrument panel illumination; but when the automatic lamps came on, all lights came on normally. A trip to the dealer revealed the light switch on the dashboard was bad and needed to be replaced at a cost of $300.
  • can anyone tell me where the horn relay is situated on the 99 ford taurus? thanks fer da help
  • nhagannhagan Posts: 1
    I experience the same thing in my 2003 Taurus. Began in fall of 2006 - sometimes dashboard lights, sometimes not. I get the green lights (turn indicators) too. This week, I'm experiencing lights, then green lights, then no lights and lights again.... It's crazy!! I'm looking around the net for more info -as I think this could become a costly repair especially electrical!!!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Ford will soon announce the return of the Taurus.
    Not a new vehicle, but the Five Hundred named will be scrapped and the vehicle will be rebadged as a Taurus.
  • We discuss it in 500/Montego forum. May be it makes sense to close this forum and rename 500/Montego forum to 500/Montego/Taurus/Sable.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095

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  • cez82cez82 Posts: 1
    My front passenger seat belt is jammed up. Any suggestions or instructions on repair or replacing?
  • forderforder Posts: 1
    anyone know what the top speed is??
  • lcoatslcoats Posts: 1
    I don't want to sound stupid(which obviously I am), but I just bought a 2005 Sable LS and can not find the 6 disc cd changer. The owners manual says it's in the trunk or in the console, but I don't know where to look, and have never had a changer, so don't really know what I'm looking for. Can anyone tell me where it is???
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  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 457
    I just looked in my 2003 Mercury Sable brocure. For the 2003 model year the CD-changer was an option. It wasn't standard equipment for the 03's.

    So it just may be that your car (an 05') does not have the CD changer option.
  • savethelandsavetheland Posts: 671
    It should be in drivers armrest. Open armrest and you will see black unit, it will have sliding door on top. Slide the door and push "Eject" button.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 189
    (I also posted this on the maintenance and repair board)

    Looking seriously at a used 2001 SEL Taurus with 85000 miles. It is in decent shape, no dents, just a few dings and interior scrapes. Seems well maintained, though it clunks over some bumps. The owner says it is the sway bar (or did he say stabilizer) bushings. He says new brakes and tires less than 10,000 miles ago. Oil is clean. He is willing to have the bushings done, but I am afraid how that will interfere with negotiations. Will he think I would then pay full asking price? Couldn't tell how the a/c is, as it is abnormally cold here in the NOrtheast.

    Do Tauruses have a reputation for bad a/c units (like dodge/chrysler)? How about Trannys? I can't have an inspection because his wife died, so he didn't renew the plates, and is reluctant to let it on the main roads where we could be stoppped. (I believe his story-he is rather old).

    Edmunds price for average is 4400 and clean is 5300. He is asking 6500, which is dealer retail for clean. The kelly blue book ranges from 5400 for fair to 6245 for good to 6785 for excellent. THose numbers seem high. Thinking of offering 5,000 (is that insulting to him?) and settling around 5300. Don't know how the bushings will figure into that. Any advice on the reliabilty and price for this car? It seems high to spend to me for the mileage. This is for a 17 year old.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    You need to have it checked out even if you have to tow it or have a mobile tech look at it at his house.

    If that can't happen, just buy something else.
  • injunearinjunear Posts: 1
    I hope you take heed of the advice offered by others. That car is overpriced. The old man may act need to sell it but if he truly needs to sell, he would price it realistically. Keep looking...the kid wants it NOW but it's your money.
  • I like the front allot, better than in the pictures, but the example I saw has overtly chromed rear lights, even more so than the fusion. Now, on the fusion they look nice, but the job they did on the 2008 is a bit much.

    THe rest of the car look really good, BTW, but I hope this design does not turn off the people who would be most interested in this car.

    What do you think?
  • fordenvyfordenvy Posts: 72
    This powertrain competes with the Toyota Avalon. This may be good product for Ford, we'll have to wait and see.
    Taurus 263hp, 18city 28highway.
    Avalon 268hp, 20city 28highway. You see the same highway mileage.
    I definately would consider it, being its $4k less than Avalon.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Too bad the engine isn't as silky and smooth as the Avalon engine. There are bigger differences than just looking at a 5 hp difference and assuming they must be alike because horsepower is close.
    It will also resell for more than $4K less, so no savings.
  • savethelandsavetheland Posts: 671
    How do you know that "isn't as silky and smooth as the Avalon engine"? Did you drive a new Taurus/Sable?
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