Category Archive: Ford / Taurus

Running Rough

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 2002
Engine Size: 3.0L V6 Vulcan
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: Have had it in the shop twice with no results. Has 100k. intermittently runs rough so bad at low rpm when starting, backing up, or very infreguently at a light that I think it will stall all together, but never does. Once I’m at 10 miles mph & above runs great.

Answer:
If they didn’t use the updated green insulators the gaskets are leaking! If they reused the old black ones it wont provide enough clamping force on the new gaskets! I see this everyday. This was such a problem FORD had to come out with a new clamping kit that includes new washers, bolts and the new green grommets to secure enough pressure on the gaskets. What your describing is a vacuum leak common on this engine, the intake gaskets start falling apart and the engine has a unregulated vacuum leak. Let us know if you want us to check and verify your issue so we can give you an estimate.

Magic Mechanic
1432 Lee Road OrlandoFL32804 USA 
 • (407) 298-7447

Ford Taurus Fuel Tank Issues

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 3.0L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
After driving in stop and go traffic continuously for 45 minutes or so, my 2003 Taurus will intermittingly start bucking. If I turn the car off for a short period and attempt to start, it will act as if it is not receiving gas or something. It will either start and not want to accelerate or not start at all. After waiting for several hours, I can start the car as if nothing happened. I thought maybe the car overheated but when it occurred today, the temperature of the car was no different than usual. I had to wait about 30 minutes before it would restart. The problem began several weeks after the last oil change when I was convinced (certified mechanic) to use 5w-30w high mileage oil due to the high temp in Florida and the amount of miles of the vehicle (69000). This has occurred 3 times and only after driving for extended periods of time, turn car off for a short period of time and start or try to again.

Answer:
We see these where the liner in the fuel tank fails and this coating gets into the fuel pump and causes this problem. It may require another fuel tank and pump. We can run a fuel pressure test and usually tell what’s up and if the tank needs to be removed. We can look into the tank and see if the liner is failing as well! Trust me on this one we have a 2003 Taurus as a loaner vehicle and just went through the same thing with it and several customer Taurus’s as well. I think it may be the ethanol in our fuel causing this.

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Ford Taurus Stalling Problem

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 3.0 l duratec
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My “Check Engine” light came on last weekend. Now it stalls when idleing in drive and runs roughly or stalls when in park or neutral. When I purchased this car, it has 42,000 miles. Now, it has 65,000 miles. I put Lucas fuel injector cleaner in, but this does not appear to be working.

Answer:
It appears that you have a vacuum leak under the intake plenum. This is a very common problem with this vehicle, but can be difficult to get to. It would be best to have a mechanic look at it.

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Ford Taurus Hesitates When Accelerating

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 1999
Engine Size: 3L dohc
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
When accelerating from a stop, the car hesitates just a moment and then drives fine. This issue seams to be getting worse. I have 42,000 miles on my car. Do you think it is a gas or electric problem? Thank you for all you do for us!

Answer:
If it feels like a bog, it could be a little low on fuel pressure. I would run a fuel pressure test first and if it is within specs, you might be dealing with a misfire problem like a coil or injector problem.

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Drivers side rear wheel out of place

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 2002
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I really enjoy your radio show and trust your advice, so I thought I’d write. I was hit in the driver’s side rear wheel at low speed and everything seemed fine. It’s about 8 months later and I just got new tires and an alignment at Sears. The techs at Sears are telling me that they can’t get a perfect alignment because the control bar or something on that tire is out of place…the axle, thankfully, is not bent.

Never having been through this situation, I didn’t know if your shop can fix something like this or if you know of a reliable and trustworthy frame shop that could check out my problem.

Answer:
Make arrangements to get the car in and let us look at the alignment and what we can do about it! In most cases there’s enough adjustment to correct these issues on a Taurus. If its a frame issue we will advise you from there.

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Shift Interlock

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 1999
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My husband changed the spark plugs on the vehicle and afterward he tried to turn on the engine and it turn on but when he tried to put it in drive it would not shift at all. It will stay in park mode. What do you think it could be?

Answer:
Sounds like the shift interlock isn’t releasing the shifter, the switch is on the brake pedal, the solenoid or lock is on the steering column or console if shifter is in the floor.

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Transmission Problems?

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 1997
Engine Size: 3.0
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Auto transmission just stopped operating as i pulled up my driveway at low speed, no transmission slipping previous. Tranny has 75,000 miles on it. The fluid is red, not burnt, it measures very high on dip stick. Can it be an electronic problem.

Answer:
It could be electrical like the electronic pressure switch quit working and is exhausting all the fluid pressure. Chances are the pump
locked up and twisted the pump shaft into. This can be repaired in the car if this is the case by removing the side cover of the transmission.

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Car Stalls

Car Information:
Ford Taurus
Year: 1993
Engine Size:
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
When coming to a stop the car stalls and it feels like it’s choking up. When backing out of driveway and I turn wheel to go forward car stalls. Driving down the road at about 60 or any speed the car suddenly loses power, it doesn’t turn off but it comes to a coasting stop then all of a sudden it takes off again. Has about 155000 miles

Answer:
May have two problems, first it may have a bad idle speed control motor causing the stalling, The hesitation on the highway may be a restricted fuel filter or failing electrical fuel pump.

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Cannot Get Out Of Park Mode

Car Information:
Ford/Taurus
Year: 1999
Engine Size: 6V
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My husband changed the spark plugs on the vehicle. Afterwards, he turned on the engine, but when he tried to put it in drive it would not shift at all. It will stay in park mode. What do you think it could be?

Answer:
Sounds like the shift interlock isn’t releasing the shifter. The switch is on the brake pedal. The solenoid or lock is on the steering column or console if the shifter is in the floor.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Rust in the Coolant

Car Information:
Ford/Taurus
Year: 2002
Engine Size: V6 Vulcan
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
In July of ’08, after an overheating event, the head gaskets, manifold gaskets, valves, and water tank were replaced along with the engine being flushed. Now, there is a lot of rust in the coolant. I am being told that it is coming from my block. It was at about 90,000 miles and I have put at least 8,000 more since the major repair. The car runs great. Should I be concerned? Will re-flushing the engine help? By the way your radio show is terrific!

Answer:
Keep flushing it until it stays clean even if you just run straight water for a while. Then the coolant will neutralize the rust.

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