To begin, jack up the car and remove the wheel. Be certain the car is stable and will not roll off jack(s)!
A lot of folks like to think this is complicated and hard without some difficult tools, but it's so easy compared to a ball joint, it's scary.
Remove the brake caliber and the brak…
It's located on top off the fuse panel under the dash on the
Turn signal/ flasher relay is behind left end of instrument
panel above the fuse box
Might not be your flasher I was asking this same question about my
95 Ford Taurus. If your problem is your signal and ha…
Yes it does, To access it: Remove the lower valance panel that runs across the bottom of the frontend of the vehicle from the driver's side to the passenger's side. It is held on with three 8mm bolts and about a dozen 5.5mm screws. After you remove that, then you will see the bottom of the radiator…
Answer: July 27, 2011. I have a 96 Ford Taurus. My Hazards and blinkers stopped working last night while it was pouring rain. I stumbled upon this forum this morning in search of answers. I decided to try the lubricant idea to save some money. I went to the auto parts store and bought a lubricant th…
Most likely the heater core is leaking. If there is also water on the floor and an antifreeze smell in the passenger compartment, those are also signs of a cracked heater core. Also, GET THAT TEMP GAUGE FIXED!!! You could be overheating and not even know it. Once the motor overheats, you're risking …
Your car could have a dead battery. Your key opens your electical system only while a jump allows you use the other car's electical system (good battery and all).
It could also be a bad starter. Autozone can check your starter, battery, and alternator for free.
There are wear indicator markings on the side of the tensioner - if it shows a worn out belt even when you have a new belt, that's a good indicator the tensioner spring is no longer doing the job. The belt tensioner maintains a constant pressure on the serpentine belt, which is the wide, ribbed bel…
Most all alarm systems have various sensors for detecting such things as vibration, heat and or movement around your vehicle and so forth. If these sensors are set to sensitive and or are defective the alarm system will be more of a nuisance than a deterrent. Hope This Helps, EzForJesus
PS if thi…
If the engine is a 3.0 or 3.8L V6 it has timing chain and Gears.
It is located at the back of the engine on the top between the engine block and the front winshield. It should be black or chrome colored and kind of looks like a disk, with a small vacuum hose couimg out the top of it.
You can see a picture in the Haynes Repair Manual for Ford Taurus, Me…
There are 2 excellent write-ups on the procedures for replacing the shifter cable, one for floor shift and column shift each, at the Taurus Car Club site. See Related links below for more information.
Hey LindaIt just has to be checked out. Ir varies as to how hot it actually got and looking at it is the only way to tell. GoodluckJoe
Could be a bad thermostat or dirty rad or heater core which would be better than what you mentioned.Good luck.
Also check to see if radiator …
Dropping the transmission pan will drain only 5-6 quarts of fluid. This leaves another 6 or so quarts in the torque converter, transmission lines, trans cooler (if equipped), and the radiator side-tank for trans fluid cooling. The information below focuses on performing a fluid flush - that w…
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 …
Not always in the same place apparantly, here are some suggestions
its usaully on a sticker in the trunk
On a 1992 Sable it's on a small white sticker on the left side on the opened glove compartment
On year 2000 up mercury sables the keypad on the driver's door …
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 distribut…
Hey Clarissa==Try MOTORLIT.COM GoodluckJoe
Hey Russ== Take it to the parts store like Autozone and they will check the starter, alternator and battery. goodluckJoe
If your starter isn't working check for a single wire that is connected with a spade on the starter. ford had a problem with the spade corroding and not allowing the starter t…
You can just pull them off. Just get a good grip and pull nice and steady. Then you can just push them back on.
You'll need a special press to get the ball joint out of the lower control arm. My advice is to take it to a mechanic. Mine has been on jack stands for a week as i toil with this mess. And let me add this, my Sable and previous Taurus have been the best vehicles I've owned. I do take good care of th…
Remove the axle nut seal cap.Remove the axle nut with socket and wrenchBrake drum should come off** If tight, then remove the brake adjuster dust cover on the inside of the brake drum housing loosen the adjuster with special tool purchase for this activity at any major auto parts store.Re-install …
Start with Taurus Car Club Link Below Replete with diagrams and illustrations! Unless you really want to remove the entire dash...
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 THE ENGI…
You go through the trunk and on either side is the light housing unit that you remove 4 nuts from, pull out and there will be the individual bulbs to be replaced. IN DEPTH: In order to replace the light bulbs you will have to remove the entire rear light housing unit. In order to do this you must …
Pretty straight forward process. Remove the serpentine belt. Remove the leads to the old alternator. There is a bracket on the back of the alternator that attaches to the top of the motor I also removed this but cannot recall if that was necessary. Remove the bolts securing the Alternator and take i…
Disconnect negative battery cable, remove coolant overflow tank, unbolt alternator and place it forward of the front valve cover,there are two studs with nuts and one bolt holding the steering pump to the engine.In order to get to the bolt you must first unbolt and remove the serpentine belt tensio…
I had the problem with my 2000 regal 2x. They replaced the ignition, which did not work. I went up north and a friend worked at the gm dealer. He said it was the solenoid in the shifter. He replaced the shifter and guess what, it worked!!
Actually, I had this happen to my 94 sable…
the horn relay is in the center, behind the instrument panel, mounted on a brace
For 1996-1999 Taurus / Sable, the horn relay is on fuse #19 in the Power Distribution Box in the engine compartment This is well detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Question…
Did that only come with one engine? might they be different?
Yes the 3.0 non dohc.
You can use a large screwdriver placed between the inner bearing race and the transmission to CAREFULLY lever the drive axel out of the transmission.
Use the removal tools to pull the radio assembly out of the dash - note: you do NOT need to remove the plastic trim piece! :) Insert the tools into each pair of small holes on either side of the radio face They're all the way in when you feel them hit an indent, or a bit of 'click'Push the tops of t…
I replaced my turn signal relay by changing the relay that also acts as the Hazard lights switch in my 2001 Jetta. Get a small flat screwdriver in there on either side to pry it out. About $25 at the dealer.
The coolant level sensor is known to fail in that the magnet attached to the sensor comes loose and falls to the bottom. These are not repairable, and will require either black tape over the warning light with vigilant monitoring of the levels by you, or replace the tank. See "Relat…
You need 3/8 hex head to unbolt the door and you need to pop off the top of the black unit in the door jam. there's a bolt. just unbolt that and the wiring is unattached.
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...
For the 3.0 DOHC v6 engine, there is no easy way. Just did it and it took 3 hours. The 3 front forward plugs take 10 minutes. The rear 3 are a real bear. Had to take the manifold and other hoses off to get at the back 3. Even then, there's not a lot of visible access, so you'll be working by touch.…
You have to remove the windshield wiper arms, then take off the plastic molding that lies between your windshield. Once that is off (it comes out in two pieces) on the passenger side of the car, under the windshield just behind the firewall there is a plastic rain shield with two screws. Remove the…
The fuse diagram is in the owners' manual. However, it is incomplete and ambiguous. Using terms like GEM and ICP. Nowhere, by the way, does it explain where the fuse for the parking and running lights is located.
Also, a lot of the chassis electicals run through the "GEM", the Generic Ele…
the heating controls are electronic and vacuum controlled if you take out the radio/heater/ac cluster, there are around 5 vacuum lines going to 1 switch.. No control valve is used to vary the amount of coolant flowing through the heater core - coolant flows through the heater core all the time. Temp…
See "Related Questions" below for more about:
Common fix to flasher problems
Turn signals - #1
Hazards - #5
Multi-function switch / turn signals - Fuse #15
Multi-function switch / hazard signals - Fuse #29
Turn signal / reverse lights…
DURACTEC / DOHC - See "Related Questions" below Buy a Repair Manual for your particular car. Chilton and Haynes are OK but Michell is probably the best. and ASE recommended. Most Taurus's came with either a 3.0 or a 3.8 engine. The water pump replacement is basically the same for both engines. Remo…
This sounds more like a bad cooling fan than a vacuum problem. Insure your fans are turning and are not slipping.
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 …
On top of the steering column.
top of the steering wheel
The motor is, not surprisingly is at the bottom of the reservoir -
and the best way to access that is through the wheel well - an
alternative to removing the reservoir from the car - which is kinda
a PITA too.
Safely jack up that side of the car and remove the wheel.
The front end of the wheel …
The PCV valve is on the right side of the engine compartment, if you're facing the front of the vehicle, just under the air intake hose. Its not directly on the engine but rather inline with the oil separator tube/hose.
A) To access this area and change the PCV valve just follow these directions. …
The ICM is the grey long plastic piece attached to your distributor. This is where the plug is attached for controlling spark. 3.8 liter motor's ICM is remote mounted - on the firewall to avoid the heat issue.
Look at the distributor. There will be a module on the side that is either grey o…
No the problem is caused by 1 of 4 things, but is most notably the first one.Replace the Spark plug wires, and the spark plugs. Fouled or incorrectly gapped plugs will cause backfires like crazy. Also poor sparking wires will most certainly cause backfiring problems. I practically replaced and rebui…
Check your converter they are known to can out
That happened to me in my 1998 Ford Explorer - turned out to be the differential. It started out as a loud thump, thump, thump, then just got louder until it sounded as though something under the vehicle was being d…
See "Related Links" below, for Autozone's on-line repair manual for
1996-1999 Taurus & Sable rear brake repair instructions.
NOTE: Autozone now requires free registration to access the repair
guides. More than worth the extra effort for these
REAR DISK BRAKE I…
Many repair shops and auto parts stores offer inexpensive or free alternator & battery testing. Be sure to test before replacing!It is a little known fact that a weak or failing battery is a major contributor to premature alternator death. Any battery that is 4 years old is a …
Futureshop/Bestbuy have a kit which comes with everything you need to install an aftermarket stereo in the sable. It comes with the faceplate, with the climate contol built into it. You do need to remove the knobs and the actual climate control switches when you remove your old stereo. The factory a…
There are a few factors that will complicate things...First, what size is your engine? a V8 will obviously have more towing power than a straight six.Is the car a manual or automatic? A manual is more versatile and lets you use the whole range of engine power, an auto may require a transmission cool…
Most library carry auto repair manuals with diagrams of your year and make of car.
Even though the radio is integrated into the climate control
dash-panel and requires a converter kit, removing the radio is the
same as a regular unit.
TIP: Invest the $4-5 for a pair of Ford radio removal tools -
widely available from auto parts stores, Walmart, etc. (or
fabricate your own if you …
The switch is part of the Multi-Function switch on the turn signal arm.
See below for step-by-step procedures
I once had a wiper problem with my 1992 Taurus and it turned out to be the wiper control module. There is a web site that tells you how to check the entire wiper system from the f…
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.
It appears there are 3 small bolts (10mm(?) that hold the headlight assembly in place. Remove those and the entire headlight will come out - that will make access to the bulb a whole lot easier!Twist the collar-type retainer on the back of the headlamp to release the bulb socket - pull straight out.…
There is not a valve that regulates the flow of coolant through the
heater core. The Taurus/Sables never had one like that.
Coolant flows through the heater core at all times, no matter the
Temperature adjustments are made by controlling how much air flows
through the always…
Remove the front tires.
There are two bolts holding the brake assembly together
(housing and piston assembly). These are located on the back side
of the assembly, about a 15 mm box wrench should do the trick.
Remove these two bolts and the assembly will split into two pieces.
Pull up on middle se…
Found IT! I just had this problem with my 2002 Taurus. It was a
constant chirping that was fairly loud, and would speed up with
engine speed, and never go away.
It turns out that the engine in my car has a (I believe I have the
name correct) camshaft sensing device. When it goes bad,
it's because …
See "Related Questions" below for more specific details on the DOHC alternator replacement procedures Many repair shops and auto parts stores offer inexpensive or free alternator & battery testing. Be sure to test before replacing!If you have the engine with the dual overhead …
Here is the low-down on oxygen sensors, and their location designations explained: Oxygen sensors are screwed into the exhaust system at various points. Some people say that there are 4 oxygen sensors, but technically, that is not correct. Only the front 2 are considered oxygen sensors. These oxygen…
Most Taurus's came with either a 3.0 or a 3.8 engine. The water pump replacement is basically the same for both engines.Remove the coolant jug, break loose the bolts on the w/pump pulley, remove the belt, remove the pulley, remove the alternator, remove any tensioners or brackets that hang in the wa…
I couldn't change my 2000 Taurus 3 Liter DOHC engine serpentine belt without raising the front of the car on car ramps and/or jack stands. Otherwise, it was too difficult to thread the new belt around the lower engine pulley. Then you use a breaker bar (or similar) with a 3/8 inch socket drive plug…
Please note: one of the two hoses connected to the DPFE is a
pressure sensor line that reads the variation in the exhaust
pressure. This line is made of expensive, silicone to resist the
high temperatures assosiated with exhaust. You'll notice it has
much thicker walls than a vacuum line. This hose …
What does it look like and where's it mounted The flasher/turn signal is screwed into the metal support above the fuse panel, you must take the bottom of the dash off and remove the plastic cover. this is for a sable that has light out detection. Look under your dash for a blue box screwed into the…
Where is the heater core? Unfortunately, the heater core is way up
under the dash.
From the engine compartment side, look for the 2 heater hoses
coming "through" the firewall, right about dead-center.
What about pictures? Since WikiAnswers doesn't 'do' photos/images,
you could refer to:
You go through the trunk and on either side is the light housing
unit that you remove 4 nuts from, pull out and there will be the
individual bulbs to be replaced.
In order to replace the light bulbs you will have to remove the
entire rear light housing unit. In order to do this you mus…
Since starters haven't changed much in the 40 years or so, I'll suggest the "Related Question" below is going to be very applicable to the 2003 (which I haven't seen nor have a manual for - thus I could be *wrong*)
See "Related Questions" below for more
We had to have the electric motors replaced for two windows of our '97 Taurus (a third also needs to be replaced, but we're just living without it working). They just wore out.
Fuses - easy to check
Switches - fairly easy to check. Many can be gently pried up out of the door panel - check fo…
Disconnect battery ground cable. Remove battery. Remove battery
tray. Remove clip retaining constant control relay module and
position module aside. Remove radiator cap. Raise vehicle front end
as high as possible. Remove radiator splash shield. Drain radiator.
Remove the radiator mounting bracket a…
What does a starter cost? 1998 DOHC: Autozone has two offerings:
$135 for a re-manufactured unit and $155 for brand new
What about the starter solenoid? The starter solenoid is integrated
into the body of the starter, and cannot be replaced separately.
You will need to replace the entire starter …
Replacing the Sensor
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable...just like on every other installation 2. Detach the CMP sensor connector next. 3. Remove the CMP sensor retaining bolt and remove the CMP sensorNow to install: 1. Clean the CMP sensor surface and ensure that the O-Ring is in place. 2. …
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…
NEXT TO THE BLOWER MOTOR
Start above the passenger's feet - There is a black plastic cover
on the bottom of the dash (to cover the blower and resistor) held
in place by two plastic push pins. Just pull straight down, the
pins will give, and are reusable.
Open the glove box, remove everything, the…
Be advised that I own and service a 2000 Taurus 3.0L OHV engine. The low side valve is located at the rear firewall near the right side \ passenger side strut tower and has a black plastic cap similar to a tire valve stem cap. Stay away from the high pressure side which on my vehicle is at the front…
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 yo…
The Owners Manual is typically the first place to look for fuse diagrams, and what circuits are protected by which fuses. According to Chilton's Repair Manual, the fusebox was unchanged from 1986-1995. The Taurus Club website has scanned images of the Owners Manual pages for the fusebox - see "Rel…
See "Related Links" below, for Autozone's on-line repair manual for 1996-1999 Taurus & Sable rear brake repair instructions.
Invaluable resource - for free!
Okay, I did my disc brakes yesterday and offer the following:
The first 2 steps in the Autozone steps are about d…
it gets 18-20MPG in the city and 25-28MPG on highway
Remove both leads to the battery. There are two bolts holding the starter to the transmission. One, the bolt closer to the radiator has a ground on it and has a nut on the bolt fastening the ground lead to the bolt.After removing the ground a deep socket will be needed to remove the bolt. The rear b…
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…
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.
I had a similar problem and it turned out my heater core was completely clogged, I recommend flushing it yourself as it will …
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…
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 …
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
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 highly …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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 …
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…
The heater core could be clogged up.
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.
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…