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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair



  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I would think not a problem if exact same tranny but that is what can be complicated in checking. Even though it might be a AX4 N or S, there are internal changes sometimes depending upon the exact vehicle, engine, it is used for. I don't know if there are any external indications, maybe the tag bolted on it. These transmissions varying by year, even build date go through quite a few changes. Have been used in Windstars and Lincolns (FWD).
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Not enough info. Where is it loose at?
  • taurus55taurus55 Posts: 1
    My in-laws have a 2000 Taurus Wagon with the 3.0, and apparently the crankshaft position sensor is bad in it. It runs, just a little hesitant and sluggish at startup, and revs high until warmed up.

    If the sensor isn't replaced, will it kill the engine? Can it run the way it is for now?

  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Every 2000 Taurus has a 3.0, but there are two 3.0 V-6's, the Duratech 24V DOHC and the pushrod Vulcan, not that this makes a difference in my answer.

    How do you know there is a bad crankshaft position sensor? Could be a number of things. THe DPFE sensor is an extended warranty item, at least on Duratech versions as the 2000 Taurus with Duratech is what I have.

    All engines will be a little sluggish at startup until warmed up. Additionally all Tauri engines will rev at higher rpm-about 1000-1200 until warmed up to speed the warmup cycle and improve driveability when the engine is cold.

    I would get a diagnosis done before just swapping parts. There may be nothing wrong at all, unless it behaves different than in the past.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    The DPFE controls the EGR if I remember correctly. I think that emission related parts are affected by federal law for like 5 year/ 50K.
    Dealer probably just as soon deny connection. Talked to a Ford manager the other day. They are in money saving mode as some recent TSB's say to do nothing unless the customer complaint is specifically related. And how many customers find out about the TSB?
  • I was told by dealer that is is covered up to 75K. I bought part for $27 from them and did it myself. Took 10 mins, although it is a tight squeeze to get behind the top of plastic plenum.
  • Hey Guys,
    I ran my OBD II scan today and it came up with erorr code
    155 - O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
    Does anyone know what this means?
    Thanks, Dave
  • Go to I was on there the other night and found that they have over 300 reviews on the Taurus. I always thought that Fords were dependable because my parents had 2 or 3 Crown Victorias that lasted well over 150,000 miles without any problems, but now Im learning better. I have a 2003 Taurus that has 51000 miles on it. The emergency brake went on and continues to be on when I do not use it. Go to and read all the reviews on the car. Average rating is 3.1 out of 5 and many people report the car as being cheaply made and that the transmission is a major problem. Look carefully at the years of the cars when you read them though. GOOD LUCK!!!! :sick:
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    This is a 97 wagon Vulcan.
    Does anyone know if this tranny should achieve TCC lock when it is in D range instead of OD?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    What I meant by extended warranty on the DPFE sensor was that Ford sent a letter out to all affected owners that the DPFE sensor warranty was being extended to 80K miles due to too many failing prematurely. I do not know whether it was covered originally to 50K with emmissions parts.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    And I'm not sure on exact EPA requirements for such components. Could be wrong, but I'm thinking original requirements for such was 100K.
    Most were never aware and got billed anyway.

    Not automotive, but opinion.
    There are many at different levels whose opinion would be that Katrina was a God send. Good for the economy because of the billions of dollars pumped into the economy. I would call it waste.
    And much the same with automotive and planned obsolescence. Not that they couldn't economically make every vehicle last 500K, they don't want to.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58
    Hi, guys!

    I have a 2001 SES almost 104,000 miles. Great car! Tonight, however, my dome light wouldn't shut off when I shut the door, so it took a few shuts for it to shut off. Also, when I got out of the car while car was running and get back in, it would stay on until I got moving (which was normal). When I got off work tonight, it started working just fine!

    So, what could it be and what can fix it in the future?

    - Alex
  • Has anyone replaced the brakes on an 03 taurus? If so were there any issues that demanded special tools, any hints and tips would be appreciated. I just did my sons cavelier, and it took 10 minutes per side, pads and rotors. Hoping the taurus is the same...
  • Hello,
    I have a 2002 Taurus with 76k that is all of a sudden acting up.

    First, the heat/air/ac will not work at all in any position of the vent or fan speed. This just started to happen two days ago and has not worked since.

    Secondly, the car will roll backwards in the middle of the night in my driveway down the minor hill of said driveway.

    Third, the belt is very squeaky and will not stop squeaking at any speed, and it's pissing me off.

    Fourth, when I go over any bumps my front end sounds realllly loose and it seems like things are going to fall off.

    Last, the ABS seems to go off at any minor bump in the road when I am using the brakes. I have never noticed this until now.

    My 99 Jeep Cherokee with 150k on the clock has not had one thing wrong with it, and this Taurus I've babied and taken care of very well and it seems like within the past three days it's crapping itself. I bought both the Cherokee and Taurus new (Yes, I drive a ton!) and have changed fluids at the recomended frequency. Any help!!??

  • dap320dap320 Posts: 1
    I have the same exact problem right now, what did you do to correct the problem? Dave
  • texxxtexxx Posts: 1
    I have had fuel injectors replaced four times in two years replaced, fuel pump replaced, transmission replaced, gaskets galore, valves and sensors, etc. Recently, the check engine light came on and I took it to the dealership. They had to replace a connecting hose(AB Hose) and a couple of gaskets include intake manifold. Get the car back and now, the car idles worse than it did even with the cracked hose. It idles fine(in drive) with the heating/defrost system off. When the system is turned on, the RPM's drop for a couple of seconds, then it revs up for a couple of seconds and goes back to idling normal. Then the whole process happens again a minute later. Something kicks on under the hood, the RPM's drop and then the rev up. If I turn the heat off, it idles fine. Any ideas would help, I would like to know what Im getting into. I have spent over a 1k in repairs this past month and am looking for any help.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58
    Hi, guys!

    Friend of mine has a 2002 Sable LS Premium w/24V. When we test drove it before she bought it, it was GREAT! Now, it is stalling at lower speeds and idling is rough and jerky according to her. The car fires right back up.

    There is NO check engine light on.

    Car has 58,000 miles, any ideas?

    Ford is TAKING CARE AT NO COST! They even have multiple technicians on it.

    - Alex
  • ohio7ohio7 Posts: 67
    Took my 2000 Taurus SEL in last August with 30,000 miles on and the dealer replaced the DPFE sensor free. The service manager grumbled about it cause the extension was up by a month but I put on the pressure and stood firm about that and mentioned something about it being no wonder that Ford is near collapse. He acquiesced and I got it done free.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Yours might be subject to the same extended warranty on the DPFE sensor as we who have the 2000's with Duratech. The symptoms sound the same as I was told by Ford Customer Service when I inquired about what the symptoms of a bad DPFE sensor are.
  • fest1fest1 Posts: 1
    I had the same problem and pulled the door apart to find the courtesy light switch. It's in the door latch mechanism and you don't need to pull the door apart to get to it, just shoot some wd40 in the exposed opening for all the door latches and you should be fine. worked for me and it's been almost a year now with no problems.
  • nasi55nasi55 Posts: 1
    My son's 95 Taurus wouldn't turn off either. The ignition cable is broken. How do I remove the broken one and replace it?
  • dcollierdcollier Posts: 1
    Your problem exactly mirrors my 2000 Sable. Any luck resolving this issue? Haven't found any replys.
  • I have an 02 Taurus SES FlexFuel with the engine light on. I plugged an OBD scanner into it and got code p460. My question is what does it take to replace the Fuel Level Sensor Circuit? I figured it was something like that because the fuel gauge has not been working properly for about a month now. The check engine light just came on four days ago. Can I put off fixing this as long as I keep it gassed up since I can't tell how much is in it or will it cause further damage?

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.
  • >Fourth, when I go over any bumps my front end
    >sounds realllly loose and it seems like things are
    >going to fall off.

    May be the sway bar links. See earlier threads on this.
  • vtown707vtown707 Posts: 3
    My 97 taurus GL experiences various problems.

    First, my car occasionally experiences rough idle at a full stop after a long drive on the freeway or even on city streets.

    Secondly, after driving around for awhile letting the motor heat up to regular op temp and then coming to a full stop, then trying to accelerate at a green light, my car tends to misfire as if i am loosing power. My plugs are fresh i just changed them. What can cause this mysterious misfire/rough idle situation? can the two be related problems?

    Thirdly, my speedo just went out. What can cause my speedometer to stop working and ow can I fix the problem?

    And lastly my motor has a hard time heating to reg op temperature. could it mean a faulty thermostat?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
  • all my windows just decided not to work over this weekened.i can roll my drivers side window down but i cant roll it up and the other three wont go up or down does anyone know what is causing this
  • ur speedometer cable has broken aand there easy to fix yes u can do it urself.and yes u might have a faulty thermostat
  • I have 2000 taurus with 24V engine and it takes 2-4 tries to start it if left sitting for a couple of hours. once warmed up if it has not sat for more than an hour it will start fine, but if left more more than that it just turns and will not fire until the 2nd or 3d tries in which it starts fine. Will start fine in morning if left over night but not 8hrs after work, which has me clueless.
    Car accelerates perfectly fine with no hesitiation.

    Any ideas on what is causing this, as far as fuel pump going bad, fuel injector problems, 02 sensors???

    I ahaave 150K miles and have replaced all 6 coils, spark plugs, fuel pressure regulator a year ago.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,877
    My mom has an 00 Taurus, she bought it new and it has maybe 35-40K on it now. She did get it cheap, as some kind of fleet deal with her employer, which I guess is good as resale is low and I've got her to accept that. It has the old school V6 (I am not sure which year the 24V debuted, but hers doesn't have it). It has been pretty perfect so far, but now has developed an odd issue. The car sounds like there is water up in the dashboard. When you go around corners or are on an uneven road, you can hear a sloshing sound. She took it to the small town garage she has it maintained at, and they had no clue. Could this be in the heater core or something? The car has never been dunked in a lake or anything, this just randomly started.
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