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Taurus/Sable Maintenance & Repair



  • jrejre Posts: 6
    ">What could possibly be the cause that the radio will not play or no clock if all fuses are good? Is there another fuse inside the radio? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • celang761celang761 Posts: 1
    We're looking for a first car for our daughter in college. We found a 1997 Taurus SE Sedan, the body is in fantastic shape. We took it on a test drive, handles well and seems to shift fine, no slippage. Our concern is that it has 165,000 miles. It was a fleet car for 6 years, sold to a private owner who recently traded it in. The asking price is $2100, which fits our budget. We've read about problems with the transmission. We're having our mechanic give a look in hopes of identifying major concerns. Any thoughts on how much of a risk are we taking?
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    asking should get it for less. This is a safe,economical car that would make someone a great first car if treated with some respect.
    Less than 2000.....if everything works???? How can you go wrong. Have the car checked out.
    My old 93 still runs strong. 30+ mpg too.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    With 165,000 miles the transmission and anything else is well worn and would be on most other cars also.
    If it's in good condition now and is only going to be driven low additional mileage by your daughter, it should be fine for some time.
  • tbarlowtbarlow Posts: 2
    Having same exact problem with 2000 Sable. Did you get an answer to this one?
  • tbarlowtbarlow Posts: 2
    Having same problem with 2000 Sable. Diagnosis yet?
  • Strange how different people can have such different experiences. My dad and I live in 2 totally different climates, our driving habits are different (I commute 500 miles a week, his is a combination of local & city), and yet, between 2 Grand Marquis, 2 Sables, and a Contour, we can't seem to get more than about 3 yrs out of the original battery. But, that's why I said to have the whole system checked out so they replace the right parts.
  • Maintenance is the key issue with any used car, especially one w/ that many miles. Without any records, you are going in absolutely blind. I'm not saying don't buy, but without records, you have to look for other signs that the car was well cared for. "Does it run well?" is only the starting point, which you obviously realize from your questions. Here are a couple of other things to keep in mind:

    Exterior appearances can be deceiving. Years of neglect can be covered up or hidden with a professional detailing and an engine cleaning. (I know. I'm very good at that.) Interiors are another matter tho. Stains, carpet & upholstery wear, and just overall appearance can tell you a lot about the previous owner. Most of these things can not be covered up, short of re-upholstering or putting new carpeting in, but who does that?

    My 2000 Sable will turn 170K in a couple of weeks. I'm told by everyone who rides in it that it still smells like new! Not sure why that is, but I know it still looks like new because I've taken the steps needed to keep it that way, and that will be obvious to the next owner. When it comes time to sell, I will also be able to provide a complete maintenance record from the day it was new along w/ any receipt they would like to see. When I tell them the transmission fluid was changed every 35,000 miles and have the receipts to prove it, they can buy the car with a little more peace of mind than something they have found on a used car lot with similar miles. Can my transmission go out the day they drive it away? Sure. But it's less likely.

    I am actually planning on giving the car to my daughter in a couple of yrs, knowing I would never be able to find a comparable car for the $1000 or $2000 I could afford to spend. That would be my advice to you if you can do it. Give her a car you've had in the family and know the history of, and get something new for yourself.
  • coderedcodered Posts: 43
    can anyone tell me where the Vehicle Speed Sensor????the car is a 1998 24v motor ....... thanks need help bad ps may be the vvs sensor..
  • I cannot find the pre-wiring location for a CD changer. I looked underneath the carpeting in the trunk and on the driver side in the trunk, but cannot find cd changer plug. please help. Thanks!!
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Somebody answered you already over on the Taurus and Sable Sedan discussion. Check there.
  • 99taurus199taurus1 Posts: 7
    ok heres one. 99 taurus. when i turn the wheel when not moving or moving real slow i hear a sort of ratcheting sound. probably makes this noise about 3 or 4 times in a full turn in either direction. Its almost like something is catching. any ideas? I dont feel anything in the steering wheel.
  • tnmajortnmajor Posts: 14
    Just bought a used Taurus SES for a new driver. Car runs great so far. It seems to want to really go when put into reverse when cold. Settles down a bit after getting warm. Ready to hit 100K mostly highway miles driven and wondering what kind of maintenance I should consider having done. Regular maintenance has been done such as oil changes etc up to now. Don't want to ruin a good running car.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    When you have the steering wheel full left or full right, the pump is under maximum load as the steering system at that point is dumping the steering fluid over a relief valve.

    My guess is the belt driving your power steering pump is getting old and slipping, when under full loads at low engine speed, or the tensioner is shot so the belt is slipping some.

    Also I suppose could be a problem in the power steering pump, but I would replace the belt first and check the tensioner.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    If spark plugs haven't been changed, I would do that soon, as I believe the change interval is 100K. Also, if you have no record of transmission service, I would have transmission fluid/filter changed. No need for a flush, just a standard change, which should be done every 30K miles on this vehicle.

    Maybe change air filter and fuel filter too. Also, there is a cabin air filter under the front cowl below the wipers which is fairly easy to change yourself. On my 2000 Taurus there is a good diagram in the operators manual for changing it. This one gets overlooked a lot.

    Engine idle speed is higher when engine is cold, which is likely why it seems to run faster in reverse. Watch your Tachometer and you will see idle speed gradually drop off to about 700 rpm after a few minutes of driving.
  • 1go2guy1go2guy Posts: 1
    My wife's 99 Taurus just had 'engine oil' light go on, about 5 miles into 1st trip of the day. She stopped, added oil(it had been 2 weeks since I last checked it, it was 2/3 up the hash marks between add and full. Shortly after adding oil, SES light came on. She turned around and headed for home, but soon the engine started making noises, kinda like a valve tap. Pulled codes P1309 and p0340. I'm confused! Any thoughts?
  • tnmajortnmajor Posts: 14
    Thanks for the advice.
  • today my 94 taurus stalled on me . it started hesitating and losing power. i stopped to turn on my street and it died and wouldn't start back up. well it would turn over grumble for a minute and than die. needless to say after many attempts to start it just wouldn't run. ended up pushing it home. waited about a half hour or so than went out tried it and it started right up. it sounded like it backfired a little than ran and idled fine. it was pretty hot here where i live(like 102 today. my car is in bad need of a tune up- could this be the problem. my dad said probably but that it sounded like a little hot weather vapor lock- just want to hear some other opinions
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    What would cause the brakes to squeak sometimes and not other times? I have a car that brakes squeal about 50% of the time and hasn't done it when I had the car in for service and wanted them to find the cause. They say they inspected the brakes and saw no obvious visible problem and the pads have plenty of wear left since they were replaced less than a year ago (partly due to brake noise back then).

    Sometimes when it squeals, I can release and reapply the brakes and it won't squeal on the next brake application. Other times they will squeal several times in a row.
  • star1298star1298 Posts: 1
    I have a used 1999 Ford Taurus and it has been making jingling sounds on and off when going uphill mostly and on at times driving on flat roads. I got it at 23,000 miles, now it's about 32,000 miles and it does the same thing. I didn't think much of it before, but now I am. It sounds like a rattling or jingling of bells sound when on the accelerator. I thought it might be bad gas, since my previous car was a carb , much older and did the same thing. Also, the brakes get real sqeeky after rain or snow. I got for regular maintence checks,oil changes etc. I was told to look at the jingling noise, they would have to put the car up on the ramp and can be anywhere from 10 min to an hr, to after an hr. I want to make sure I don't get ripped off. It's hard enough to find a really good mechanic.I also want to know if other Ford Taurus owners experience this? Any helpful suggestions would really help. Thank You!
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 457
    Noises are hard to describe in words - so it's kind of hard to really know what is going on.

    My first guess is that your car is pinging. This is caused by carbon build-up in the cylinder head. The quick fix for that is to use a higher octane (premium) gasoline. There are also chemicals that you can buy at an auto parts store that you add to the gas or spray into the throttle body that can help remove carbon build up.

    If something is loose or a bearing (water pump, alternator, smog pump etc) is failing then that could also make somewhat similar noises. For that you need a pro to diagnose what is wrong.
  • 1234432112344321 Posts: 1
    The windshield wiper of my 2001 Taurus did not work now, and the car stereo lost power. There is also a problem with the power window, because it worked only after 1 minute after I started the engine. There might be some switch in the electric circuit. All the fuses are good. I do not know why. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

    My car is actually out of the recall list, so I would like to fix it myself if possible.
  • 99taurus199taurus1 Posts: 7
    I should clarify this. the steering isnt freezing up at all. Just when I turn the wheel i get like 3 or 4 soft clunks. I cant hear it outside the car only inside. I can sort of feel the vibration in the steering wheel and floorboards ever so slightly. I can sit in park and rock the wheel back and forth real quick and it will do it as well. Any Ideas?
  • Hi folks,

    I'm looking at a 2001 Taurus SEL with 99,300 miles. 2nd owner. Price is certainly very attractive, but what's the catch? It has Duratec 3.0L engine. Are 2001 SELs reliable? what items are most likely to fail soon, and what should i get checked out before buying? Thanks!
  • steavesteave Posts: 6
    Can anybody give me some insight on how to flush the cooling system on a 1997 Ford Taurus? I can't seem to find a valve or petcock on the radiator.
    Is there a flush kit that can be purchased from a car parts store?
    How do I make sure I get the correct mixture of anit-freeze to water back in the system?
    Thank you!

  • My 1998 Taurus is burping transmission fluid as well. I was told by a Ford dealership that the breather is plugged. A typical problem with this car. I purchased the two items and was told they were easy to replace. That they were on top of the trans can. Now I can't find it. The part # for the breather valve is #YF1Z-7035-AA and the rubber cap #XS4Z-7L282-AA. Anyone know exactly were this is?
  • biketom5biketom5 Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with the heat that you described on a '93 Taurus and it turned out to be the fuel pump. A local Ford dealer replaced it for ~$400.00. I waited too long and had to have it towed in. Good luck.
  • dequavisedequavise Posts: 1
    I got a 2002 Sable with a V6 3.0 L engine. Sometime When I am at a light the car will idle rough which causes the RPM and the Speedometer to rise and it will stall. I can crank it back up fine. Sometimes when I am at at light or driving the engine will cut off and start back up (only while driving). I went to the dealership I got it from and they ran my computer but no codes where stored. what is the problem.
  • I just flushed my 98 taurus the other day. It was tricky at first to find the valve on the radiator. To acess it, I had to take off a piece of protective panel from underneath the car. there is 3 bolts in the middle of the pannel, and 9 bolts attached the outer parts of the pannel. Once this pannel is off it should be pretty clear where the valve is, it is white but may be covered in black grease and such. It is on the drivers side of the car. Once you open it it will take awhile to drain all the coolant out of the radiator. Then there is also 2 hex head plugs in the engine block that you take out and let the coolant drain, then leave them open and and flush it with your garden hose through the overflow tank. Also before you open the drains take the cap off the overflow tank. Then close up the drains and fill with you mixture. As for the mixture most people use a 50:50 mix. I myself used a mixture of 66% Anti Freeze and 33% Water. There should be mixing ideas on the bottle that will tell you the benefits of each mix %.

  • so i had a run in with a very high curb and it tore the lower hose coming from my coolant places sell just hoses? where would i go to get one other than the overpriced dealerships? someone help i'm depsarate
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