The vehicle should come with a trunk release remote control, which
you just press to open the trunk. It is located on the instrument
panel on the right side of the steering wheel.
The Electric fuel pump is the noise.The pump could last years or Quit the next time you drive the car.Sorry but I've seen them last a long time making that aggravating noise.
I done it myself two months ago. First you take off the screws from the inside of the hood and take off the screws to the lights. remove the lights to take off the front top portion of the bumper and then under wheel wells there are 3-4 screws and under the front of the car there are …
Since 1996, engine ignition control has been handled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
The PCM has direct control over the ignition coils / coilpack (or coil-on-plug on some engines) - so the need for a 'distributor' has gone away.
Coilpacks cost about $75
Sidebar: without a dis…
Start with Taurus Car Club Link Below Replete with diagrams and illustrations! Unless you really want to remove the entire dash...
Answer IN ORDER TO CHANGE A HEATER CORE IN A TAURUS, YOU NEED TO DRAIN THE COOLANT, DISCONNECT THE HEATER HOSES FROM THE CORE CONNECTED ON THE FIRE WALL BEHIND TH…
Did that only come with one engine? might they be different?
Yes the 3.0 non dohc.
The belt that drives the alt and p/s is loose. If it is a serpentine belt, check the tensioner or replace the belt.
Vacuum lines may be the culprit
Normally when you replace the battery you disconnnect the computer and it should clear any codes stored. (The codes are what turn the check engine light on.) More than likely the cause of the light coming on is due to a vacuum line that was pulled loose when instal…
Ford issued a TSB (technical Service Bulletin) calling for all Windstar model years to use Mercon V ATF fluid in the power steering system.
Yes, that is a transmission fluid, but it happens to be the same product to be used as power-steering fluid.
Pretty convenient if you ask me...
Clean the battery cables and make sure the wires to the alternator are tight and without corrosion.
The warning light doesn't tell you how healthy the battery is, it tells you if there are any problems with the charging system. A flickering light means charging is intermittant for some reason, so it would be worth checking the alternator or voltage regulator, which might be on the way…
The 1991 Mercury Sable ignition switch is held in place with a
retaining ring. Loosen the retaining ring. Pull the ignition switch
out. Remove the wiring harness from the rear of the ignition
switch. Reverse the process to install the new ignition switch.
How to replace the headlamp bulbs in a 2000-2005 Mercury Sable
To replace headlight bulb:
Make sure headlight switch is turned OFF.
Remove the bolt at the end of the headlamp housing.
Pull the two black tabs with the L shaped bracket toward the back and then up and pull out(Located …
Most library carry auto repair manuals with diagrams of your year and make of car.
Which way does it go?
The spring-side of the thermostat should be positioned towards the engine. Logical when you think about the spring is what reacts to the temperature of the coolant - expanding and contracting with the heat levels - thus driving the opening and closing of the valve.
The tension pulley is in the center of the sepentine belt, it is one of the smaller pullies that is smooth on top. You will feel a bolt on the fron of it (a 15 millimeter I believe) you need to put the wrench on it and hook a cheater bar, or another wrench (lock the ends together) and…
The radio fuse on the 02-03 model Taurus is a 20 amp under the
hood. There is 2 rows of small fuses running from front to back in
the middle of the box. Its the middle fuse on the first row(on the
passenger side of the box). Mine only had 3 fuses on the 1st row
and 4 on the 2nd but that depends on y…
you have to remove it and and reinstall the new one and have it progamed to the car spec.
if it is bearings you should hear it all the time expecially at higher speeds. Unless the sound of your engine is drowning it out. I replaced the wheel bearings on my car and it was quite simple. Plan on going to a hardware store to find socket big enough to remove your hub retainer…
DOT 3 - I doubt you can find anything less than this.
This code could mean:
the camshaft position sensor could be defective,
the camshaft synchronizer (the part that took the place of the distributor on DIS engines) has failed,
if you have recently had the camshaft synchronizer replaced it could be out of time.
Alignment tools are ava…
My limited knowledge tells me it may be the soleniod(sp?) or alternator. When my 87 Sable had that prob my friend get underneath the hood and
1)I turned the key in the ignition and held it engaged.
2)He tapped the alternator w/ a hammer.
This allowed the clicking sound to happen.…
I have been struggling with this problem for quite a while and first let me say that to remove and replace the heater core from a 1988 Ford Taurus is not an easy task at all. The basic repair manuals that can be found and purchased at any auto parts store make it sound a whole lot easier t…
If it is a "used" drum it could have been involved in an impact of some sort. Again if it is a used drum, it may have been "turned" or "refaced" too many times, leaving it out of "true" and too thin. If the drum again is used, it may have been heated during continued stopping and then s…
It needs the code. Call, your dealer. That has nothing to do with it. Got to a ford or mercury dealer and they will tell you they no nothing about it. It is the fleet installed cell phone that is causing the problem. Turn the car on, turn the cell phone on, wait a minute, the turn cell phone off. …
Misfire! Replace the spark plugs, and plug wires. Do them one at a time as to not get confused.
Back left-hand corner of the trunk.
The black lid lifts up from the top/back edge (that part confused
me for a while.)
The wiring is back there for any CD player as well since there was
no room in dash.
In the right rear cargo area in the storage well, beneath the fuel
It is in front of the rear wheel well passenger side, about an inch
in. There are two plastic tabs that hold the fuel lines to the
filter. Just pop them out (don't use tools). You may need to push
them through with something small like a screwdriver, just don't
use the tool on the fuel line fittings…
Probably just a leaking intake gasket. When it's surging, try pressing downward (with most of your bodyweight) on the intake. If it settles out you need to replace the intake gasket.
Start with the "Related Question" below - this is an excellent starting point to extensive coverage and information on Taurus/Sable heating & cooling problems and fixes.
AnswerI had a similar problem and it turned out my heater core was completely clogged, I recommend flushing it yourself as it…
On mine there's a sticker on the top of the rad that shows it
The Taurus / Sables are equipped with a timing chain. No scheduled
replacement is necessary. The only 3.0 Ford Taurus that had a belt
was the SHO model, which had a Yamaha built 3.0 V6. You do not need
to change a timing chain as a general maintenance item, unlike a
Generally timing ch…
While some purists argue that the higher the octane, the better it is for your engine, studies have shown that octane differences are too small for most engines to make any difference at all. Thus, the lowest octane for sale is usually adequate. However, some high-performance car manufacturers re…
I find the FREE Repair Guide at Autozone.com to be a fantastic resource. Fully illustrated/photo-laden repair manual and all at no charge.
NOTE: Autozone now requires free registration to access the repair guides. More than worth the extra effort for these photo/illustrated instructions.
Remove the brake caliper, caliper bracket, and rotor. Remove the bolt to the strut clamp. REmove the bolt to the ball joint. Remove the entire steering knuckle and take it to a machine shop. They can press out the old bearing and press in the new one. Repair shops have special pulling tools that…
You can "readily" do it yourself! The hub/bearing assembly is held onto the steering knuckle with 3 bolts. See "Related Questions" below for more
Spark Plug Gaps, 1986-2005 Referring to the Owners Manual or the decal on the radiator cover in the engine compartment, Ford seems to have settled on the following: 2.5l 4 cyl, Vulcan 3.0l 12v and Flex Fuel engines: .042-.046 3.8l and Duratec 24v DOHC engine: .052-.056 See "Related Questions" below …
Be sure to review the "Related Questions" below for procedures on changing the transmission filter & fluid.
Sorry to disappoint but::
There is no drain plug on the trans pan. The pan and gasket must be removed to change the fluid and filter.
Typically there is no…
1986-1995 16 gal standard SHO and Optional upgrade 18.4 or 18.6 1996-1999 16 gal ALL 2000-2007 18 gal 2008 20 or 20.5 gal
Answer Based on my experience only..........I believe all 1999 Ford Tauruses have a 16 gallon tank. Mine does. Whether you ever are able to get to 16 gallons on a fill-up, is h…
I found the owner's manual online and apparently on a 2001 Ford
Taurus SES that light is (it's NOT the brake light, by the way):
Check Transaxle Momentarily illuminates when the ignition is
turned to the ON position. Illumination of this light indicates
that a problem has been detected and shiftin…
look under the dash on the drivers side. there should be a little plaque that says the code for your car.
1) Not enough refrigerant, 134-A 2) The temperature blend door is stuck on hot - See "Related Questions" below
Most likely a faulty EGR or throttle position sensor Answer Checked
all vacuum lines for leaks (telltale hisssssing sounds) - no
Turns out to be IAC (Idle Air Control) valve , quick fix, running
I have had the same problem with my 97 Sable 24 valve for a couple
years. I can roll …
When you see two green arrows and have no dash lights !!!A sharp rap with the palm of your hand on the dash just forward of the steering wheel will light it up every time. Repeat when needed. Remove radio/climate control panel Remove upper steering column cover Remove headlight switch and unplug i…
It depends on the year and the engine size... 3.0L - Remove the coolant reservoir Remove the serpentine belt Remove the water pump pulley Remove the bypass hose Remove the pump bolts and remove the pump. may have to remove tensioner to get a bolt outIf car is equipped with 3.8L engine, then the proc…
Blower Motor Fuses
Straight from the Owners Manuals
1986-1995 - Relay #A and B in the engine compartment distribution
box (See "Related Questions" below)
1996-1999 - Fuse #13 (inside box) and relay #11 (engine
2000-2005 - Fuse / relay #3 and fuse #8
See "Related Questions" bel…
Recall and Technical Service Bulletin
The body style that ran from about '99-'03 had a issue with rain water getting into the blower case and ruining the blower resister assembly and the blower motor. There is a modified cowl cover that is supposed correct this condition. One tell tale sign that y…
Trick to get it out of park: Just turn key to ON position, put car in neutral, then start car.
I have had the exact same problem with a '94 Taurus. For me, the linkage had to be replaced. The linkage is the mechanism that connects the shift lever to the transmission. Brake-shift interlock…
1996-1999 Taurus / Sables
These procedures are likely to be very similar for 2000 and up models also
Remove the wiper arms
Remove the plastic fasteners holding the upper cowl panel on - maybe about 8 of them. Pull the center 'screw-like' piece up and out
Pry those pesky spring clips off the fr…
3 Step Cleaning & Lube
This is a common problem and is caused by the door switch plunger sticking (due to dirt, other elements or rust). This can often be corrected by performing the following:1. Thoroughly spray the door switches (on each door) with:Cleaning spray - clear the sludge out of the…
Questions that relate to removing thedashboard of a Taurus / Sable are typically in order to:
Get at the heater core
Remove the radio
The "Related Questions" below point to those more specific types of questions / information.
The best thing is to leave it to a professional. Go to an auto par…
It is not hard, Many say they can do it without removing the upper Intake or plenum as I will call it but I found removing the plenum takes about 15 minutes at most and made access to the plugs much easier. First Remove the EGR valve on the front of the plenum right behind the Throttle body. All it…
Horizontal aim is not required for this vehicle and is
There is a vertical alignment adjuster at the backside of the
headlight lens assembly.
Using a 4mm wrench, turn the adjuster either clockwise (to adjust
down) or counterclockwise (to adjust up).
The instructions for headlig…
There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses.
The Owners Manuals have de…
Oil Capacity - all with filter change
1986-19952.5l and SHO - 5.0 quarts3.0l and 3.8l - 4.5 quarts 1996 - 2003 12 valve OHV, "Vulcan" engine - 4.5 quarts1996 - 2003 24 valve DOHC, "Duratec" engine - 5.5 quarts2004 and up Duratec engine: 6 quarts2004 - 2007 Vulcan engines: 4.5 quarts2008 - 5.5 quart…
According to the Chiltons Repair Manual, on 1986-1995 Taurus / Sables, the lower ball joint is an integral part of the lower control arm and is not replaceable - replace the lower control arm as an assembly. Replacing the lower control arm isn't all that bad of a project... Prep: Raise and support …
The "Related Questions" below tell most of the 'story' for changing front struts on this generation of Taurus. Fill in the details with a free on-line source of instructions like Autozone's Chilton's Repair Guide. NOTE: Autozone now requires free registration to access the repair guides. More than…
Taurus / Sable bulb replacement chart -
These numbers are verified for at least 1996 through 2005, most likely, also applies to both earlier and later years since it doesn't look like Ford changed bulbs usage very often.
FRONT Turn-signal - 3457 AK (amber)
Headlamp - 9007 (9007LL…
Same on my 97. You'll need about 2-hours, a Phillip's a flat, and an 6 or 8mm (I think) socket/ratchet.
Pull the driver's door panel.
Start with the little panel behind the inside door handle--pry out gently from the top, slide it to the right, and pull it out.
Remove the screw at the bottom of…
ABS, anti-lock brake systems are actually pretty basic:
Wheel sensor / 'exciter' ring (toothed gear integrated into end
of axle shaft)
Examine each wheel for physical problems
Mud & debris on the ring that could interfere with the
Wiring - broken, fraye…
For the 3.0 "Vulcan" engine, it can't be much easier since the coil
is sitting on the very front of the engine.
It get's much tighter on the DOHC "Duratec" engine with the
coilpack mounted on the backside. Some very good ideas can be used
from the suggestions / information for changing sparkplugs …
Wiring diagrams A couple of sources of detailed electrical wiring diagrams come to mind: * Autozone.com provides free access to an extensive "Repair Guide" which includes many wiring diagrams * Manuals & dedicated wiring diagram books - Chilton's, Haynes, Mitchell are 3 big names in the area …
Idle speed is computer controlled and adjustable. If the idle is too high or low, that indicates the computer is getting bad readings from a sensor or 3. Engine codes are a good indicator as to where problems might exist and guide diagnostics. See "Related Questions" below for more ideas...
Removing the Door Panel
Remove triangle-shaped plastic cover forward of door window (speaker cover on some models) - gently pry it off Remove screw from the plastic cover behind door open lever / handle Remove door lock plunger. (unscrew) Remove screws down inside the door pull hand-hold area Look …
Hmmmm... The first response is which bulb? Gotcha covered with the related questions below, from headlights to tail lights to high-mount brakes lights...
Copied from the "Related Question" below, written by DustedDisgusted: Is the coolant at the proper levels? Is the coolant 'fresh' - still has most of the original color (green, yellow) Note: One symptom of a leaking head gasket is "milky" looking coolant ? Next, let the engine warm up, feel the to…
Could be a problem with the engine cooling fan , water pump , restricted radiator ,any body else have any ideas ?
Remove rear wheel
Remove brake drum
Pry off grease cap
Remove cotter pin, adjusting nut & flat washer
Wiggle the hub to push the outer bearing out
Lift the hub off
pry off the oil seal to remove the backside bearings
Re-installing note: Tighten the nut to 18-23 ft. lbs. while rotating the…
The starter solenoid is on the starter. It's the smaller cylinder-shaped part of the starter assembly - the other is the starter motor itself. Unless you're lucky enough to find a local shop that offers the solenoid separately - or repair it for you, the most common repair is a new/rebuilt starter…
Replacing the factory radio in a 1996 or newer Taurus/Sable is complicated by the fact the dash does not use a standard radio mounting. All is not lost, as converters are readily available for the majority of these cars. See "Related Questions" below for more
First off, you can't have a vacuum leak from a valve cover. Do you mean the upper intake plenum?
Cleaning a MAF rarely solves the problem, you likely have to replace it! A good indicator of a bad MAF is incorrect BARO pressure reading. If you have access to a scan tool that will give you live data…
The heater core could be clogged up.
Start with Taurus Car Club Link below
Replete with diagrams and illustrations!
Unless you really want to remove the entire dash...
*** Caution ***
Never open, service or drain the radiator or cooling system when hot; serious burns can occur from the steam and hot coolant. Also when draining …
See the related question for a brief overview. The main thing to consider is how to inspect what you are replacing. Here are some tips...
Are the old pads worn evenly...inner pad to outer pad, and left to right. If not, it could indicate a problem in other components. Binding caliper s…
Changing the caliper is an extension to the changing the brakes procedure.
The 'extension' is to disconnect the brake line/hose from the caliper.
Next extra step is to bleed the brakes - since the new caliper is going to be full of air when you first hook it up.
See "Related Questions" below f…
Yes but - you're going to have to find a place to buy the solenoid from.
Check your "local" auto parts store - not likely the national/big chains - either for the solenoid separately, or a referral to a starter specialty repair shop.
See "Related Questions" below for more about getting the start…
If the question is being asked, I'd guess it's in reference to a 1996 or newer Taurus/Sable... It was about that time the traditional radiator cap seemed to disappear from usage.
When the radiator cap went away, the "coolant overflow" tank became an integral part of the cooling system instea…
The procedure for replacing the control arm is to do everything you would do for replacing a ball joint, plus 1 extra step:
Remove the long bolt that attaches the control arm to the frame.
Sounds easy enough, and it certainly would be IF everything else dealing with the ball joint goes well. Unf…
Hose Tips & Overview
Most Taurus/Sables since 1996 have a cover that blocks access to the bottom of the radiator and lower hose. 7 or so small screws will get it out of the way.
See "Related Questions" regarding radiator drain for lots of specifics
The radiator hose clamps are likely going t…
From what i know, there is no access panel under the rear seat to get to the fuel pump. So ****don't cut a hole***** the proper way is to lower the tank from underneath the car and then remove the pump. You are begging for trouble if you go cutting holes in the metal around a tank full of gas!!!! Do…
I am not completely sure how to do this myself, but I can get you started as I am researching this question myself. Haynes manual doesn't say how to replace the electronic switch. You may or may not be able to figure this out better than me and the rest of the way if I get you started.
See the link provided below, then click on Owner Guides.
The Owner Guide ( which includes the instructions ) can be viewed online.
Engine coolant levels are low
Water pump - impeller can wear down or come loose from the shaft
Add coolant to the reservoir on the left side of the engine compartment (reference Owners Manual for more detail.)
Might be a good opportunity to think about getting the system fl…
Starting at the beginning...
The engine burns a combination of fuel and air - in fact, gasoline will not even burn all by itself, it requires the presence of some air.
The engine computer controls the mixture / ratio of how much air and how much gas is perfect at any given time.
All those sens…
There are literally dozens and dozens of reasons - especially when we can't narrow the list down without any symptoms to work with. Does the starter work and turn the engine over?Does the engine sound like it's trying to fire, or just "cold-cranking"?Starter doesn't turn the engine, but here are the…
open the trunk, and look for the side it is out, and see if you find any wires running to the tail light assembly behind the back of it. most bulb sockets will twist or rotate out and you will have the bulb attached. replace it with the same style and part number bulb and put back like it came out.T…
5W-30 , according to the Owner Guide
Answer This is well detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Questions" below for convenient links to download an electronic version and other brakes information.
The transaxle is the transmission on a front wheel drive car , it's bolted to theengine ( looking in the engine compartment from the front the transaxle is tothe right of the engine )
For the 1998 Mercury Sable :With engine oil filter change :The 3.0 liter " Vulcan " V6 takes 4.25 liters ( 4.5 U.S. quarts )The 3.0 liter " Duratec " V6 takes 5.2 liters ( 5.5 U.S. quarts )
If the light is on ( not flashing ) that means that the overdrive has beenswitched off ( the 4th gear of your automatic transmission )
depends on the year but the fuse panel will be on either side of the dash when you open the front doors. the other location will be under the dash usually on the drivers side under a panel labeled "fuses".