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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair



  • tedwardstedwards Posts: 6
    I have a 2001 Taurus SES and after I took a long road trip (300 miles) I stopped to get gas and noticed my oil pressure light was blinking, but it does not happen during normal driving. What can i do to stop this "IDIOT LIGHT".
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    170-202 ft. lbs.
  • junk1junk1 Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Sable and the fan is stuck on low. Replaced the thermal limiting resistor and fan speed switch and neither solved the problem. I can turn the AC switch on and I have slight air flow thats cold but no speed even on vent or heat. Any other solutions?
  • rufus7rufus7 Posts: 3
    I replaced the Turn signal switch and checked the fuses. I aslo replaced the flasher for the Hazards is this the same flasher unit or is there another one for the blinkers, if so where is it?

    thanx rufus7
  • rufus7rufus7 Posts: 3
    Did you ever find it because I am ooking for mine.

    Thanks rufus7
  • ilenemacilenemac Posts: 2
    My Dad has a 1997 Olds Cutlass. Lately, when he gets in to start it, it somehow triggers the anti-theft device (it must think he is trying to hotwire it or something) and it will not allow him to start it. He has to sit there and wait fifteen minutes until the system is reset. He is 87 years old and this really worries me. He has taken it to the dealer, as well as a private repair facility. No one seems to know what to do. Can he just have the system disabled? :confuse:
  • lyneman2lyneman2 Posts: 33
    no i read it on hear and tried my heater and it ..... well it didnt work at like 75 here outside noinetheless please tell me what you think??????
  • masonmimasonmi Posts: 148
    Is it normal to see vapors or smoke come out of the engine oil stick after driving at highway speeds? I have a 2005 Taurus that I had noticed this on with the 3.0 Flex Fuel Engine, would I need to change over to synthetic oil?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's nothing to worry about - Ford uses a synthetic blend oil at the factory, and dealerships. But any good oil will work fine. Change if you wish, and the smoke will go away, synthetic oil doesn't smoke.
  • masonmimasonmi Posts: 148
    Would it be best to change to a Synthetic oil like Mobil 1 ? If so what grade would you recommend?
  • kik1azzkik1azz Posts: 2
    :confuse: Can someione tell me if the upper plenum needs to be removed to change spark plugs (backside), on a 1998 Ford Taurus; V6.
  • rkjrrkjr Posts: 1
    Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to remove steel ball joint from aluminum steering knuckle on 2001 Taurus. The tool from the auto parts store simply doesn't fit.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It never hurts an engine to use full synthetic oil - but I don't think it's necessary. Optional - you decide. I hear engines run longer on full synthetic, which is why Ford uses it in their oil, but as a blend.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    Which engine?
  • 98sablels98sablels Posts: 1
    My car is leaking steering fluid, and the guy who checked it out told me it is not leaking from the lines or the rack. He said it's coming from a valve that is also a sensor that controls the amount of pressure the steering fluid applies at different speeds. He said the part runs about $300, but I need to know what that part is and what could have caused it to crack. To my knowledge, the vehicle has been driven into a flooded parking lot before.

    it's a 98 sable ls w/duratec dohc v6

  • charliekcharliek Posts: 3
    Mines in the shop today. Same exact problem but when they kept adding fluid to what I added they said the valves must have been stuck and it shot all the fluid back into the pump under pressurre blowing the cap off. They tried to replace the pump and blow out the lines. That would have been $330. That didn't work. The steering rack is clogged and has to be replaced. New total for everything $880.
  • kz3gkz3g Posts: 1
    I have 2003 Ford Taurus. Last night, I thought something was wrong with my fuel tank( gas all over) only to find out that a pipe had become disconnected. A friend of mine screwed everything back in place and now the car is running fine, except the check engine came on. Do you think the two problems are connected and it may just be sensor? Thanks!
  • supraman2supraman2 Posts: 2
    Tear that thing out with a backhoe
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    The check engine light may reset itself, now that you have your fuel leak fixed. However, if you are still under the three year 36K mile warranty, I would take it back to the dealer and have it checked out.
  • I have a 95 Sable. It was running fine and there was no signs of anything messing up or anything. I got in my car after work and tried to start it and there was nothing. My cd player,A/C, and headlights were all working fine. I turned everything off and tried again. All I would get was a click. I think it might be the solenoid because we just got the ignition fixed a couple of months ago. I was told that in older cars when this would happen that tapping on the side or top of the solenoid with a hammer while having someone start it would work temporarly. I am not evn sure where the solenoid is. Any suggestions?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Might just be a dead battery. Sometimes they fail with enough power for auxilliary parts. Other times they fail like turning off a light switch. Did you try to get a jump start?

    You could pull the battery out and take to an automotive parts store. Most will be able to test it free and sell you a new one.

    I may be wrong, but the starter solenoid I believe is integral or mounted on the starter itself. The starter is low on the engine block near the oil filter, on both the Vulcan and Duratech V-6's. You could try a tap on the starter body itself.
  • No it's not the battery. We tried jump starting it.
    Thanks for the suggestions.
  • Have a 97 Taurus with 90,000 that just had a new Heater Core replaced at the dealer.

    The car seems to run Hot even with the Air off and they checked it and can not figure it out.

    Maybe a thermostat ?

    Any Clues?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It may not be the battery, but it still may - I've had batteries short out internally that won't jump. Before you do a ton of other experimentation, I'd swap it out with another battery from somewhere, and make sure, because it sounds like a nearly dead or shorted battery to me.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Is your cooling fan working properly? In this weather, should be on all the time probably except right at start up - if the A/C is on it should be on constantly. If the car overheats while idling, this is likely your problem, it should not overheat when in motion at good speeds if this is what's wrong.

    Thermostat is definitely a prime suspect. Although they don't fail often in these cars.

    Lastly, if the fan is working, and the themostat is changed, and doesn't help, (they're cheap, you know), your radiator probably needs to be rodded out. It could easily be partially plugged. One clue on that is, the car will overheat at higher speed than lower, or idle.
  • lyneman2lyneman2 Posts: 33
    heater still does not work live in oregon and the ac works fine but when i turn the heat i get nothing but vent..... like i said 47k on the car changed the coolant but not for that reason... Ideas?????/ j :)
  • lyneman2lyneman2 Posts: 33
    all systems are go as far as i can tell he drn heater just does not blow hot air... all i get is vent ....what sucks is that the controls are not air activated (am im right?) am used to the old manual controls.... please help me jeff
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The controls are electric, so you may have a motor not activating a damper. NOT an easy fix if that's it. I'm not sure if there's a valve for the hot water on these cars or not, I think not. I'm betting on the damper motor.
  • I am having problems with my driver side window. it doesn't roll up? it makes a clicking noise but nothing happens???? the passenger window works fine. please's going to rain soon.

    it's a 1996 ford Taurus

    I didn't know where to put this question? I think I posted in the right place now.
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