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 them.
On Ball Joints your best bet is to go to a mechanic.
Generally the Ball Joints on these cars are the most vexing things to change. They are pressed into the knuckle, and are so hard to get out and back in again, they can really ruin your day if not careful.But here's how to do it anyway...
Or pay the $250 to get the darn thing done at a service center, and save yourself 6 hours of work.1998 Taurus / Sable Experience Notes
Having just replaced ball joints on a 1998 Sable this week, I can warn you that getting the ball joint that is pressed into the bottom of the steering knuckle, disconnected from the lower control arm is likely to be a HUGE BIG PROBLEM (see 'Related Questions' below for discussions on this.)
Ball Joint NOTE: the short-story is that the ball joint is likely to have to be cut in half to release the knuckle from the control arm.
I was on my 3rd Pittman Arm puller when I gave up and yanked the control arm from the vehicle and let my local 'real' (not chain-store type) auto parts store use a press on it to get the bottom 1/2 of the joint pressed out of the control arm. (took 8 tons of pressure!)
Other than that, it's pretty easy!
I am currently working on a 1996 Taurus it is some what difficult but once I have completed, the removal and installation i will email you as soon as i complete this task. I can say that you will need a propane torch and a ball joint press *( for installation and removal)* that you can rent from auto zone. I will give step by step instruction. My Email address is Willielhale@Yahoo.com.Partial info on ball joint replacement
The lower control arm ball joint is integral with the steering knuckle. Removal of the steering knuckle is relatively straightforward. Instructions can be found in any shop manual, or on the AutoZone site. However, then it gets complicated: - Some sources say the knuckle and ball joint must be replaced as an assembly, but I can't find anyone who sells it. - Other sources say the ball joint can be pressed out and replaced. This seems to be correct since many sources sell just the ball joint. However, I can find no information on how to press it out. I've looked in two shop manuals and have searched the web, and found nothing.
You can press out the old ball joint and press in the new one with a standard ball joint press. these can be rented from almost any autoparts store for a minimal charge. Some may even rent them free. (Just a refundable deposit on a credit card)Do it yourself or Pay a Professional?
With all needed tools this procedure might take up to 4-6 hours. First of all you have to think about if it worth to do by yourself or ask mechanics to do it for you. Changing of ball joint would cost $250-$300 in machine shop. Now you have to estimate all the expenses if you are going to do it by yourself.
If you do not have any special tools, then you have to purchase or rent them:
1) 7/8 in SOCKET for the ball joint nut
2) 30 mm SOCKET for the knuckle (deep one)
3) C-frame press (to press out/in the ball joint)
4) OTC - Ford - TAURUS/SABLE BALL JOINT KIT (8032) (to press out/in the ball joint)
5) Pickle fork (to disassemble ball joint from the lower arm)
Now about the prices if you want to buy these tools:
1) 7/8 socket will cost from $2-$10
2) 30 mm socket $15-$25
3) C-frame press $95-$120
4) OTC - FORD - TAURUS/SABLE BALL JOINT KIT (8032) $70-$90
5) Pickle fork $10
6) ball joint $45-$60
If you do not have these tools and you have to buy them, the total estimation will be $200-$250, which is very close to those you will pay at the shop.
It depends on the terrain that you drive the vehicle over. I would check the ball joints at 100,000 miles unless they are making noise.
heres how we do it in the shop
2-remove calaper and rotor
3-remove axle nut (may want to do thay on the ground or with someone on the brakes before you remove them if you don't have a air gun)
4-unbolt and separate lower ball joint (big pry bar on the controll arm)
5-unbolt strut and take spindle to vice
6-make shure there is remove snap ring
7-secure in vice
8-using a ball joint press and aproprate adaptor press ball joint out. or the bfh(shop term= big f*****g hammer) and drive it out but be carefull
9-make shure hole in spindle is clean and round\
10-take new ball joint out of frezer ( you did put the ball joint in the frezer)
it shrinks it a little and makes it easy-er to put in
11-press in new ball joint and reassemble
don't in about 30 min with a lift and air tools your results may varry
Most likely a loose connection or bad sensor it is electronic
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
I am still waiting for an answer. The book says on 1999 and newer Taurus's the engine and transaxle must be removed underneath the vehicle to change motor mounts. You will need a hoist and engine cradle. Big Job! Check with a proffessional.
Check out the question below regarding headlights - it contains detailed instructions on removing the headlight assembly - which happens to be the best/easiest way to change the bulb. And the Owners Manual also has illustrated instructions also. See "Related Questions" below for more
1996 and newer will fit.
The 1999 and newer Ford / Mercury sedans use a Audio Processor, which is located in the trunk, on the right hand side. My wife has a 2000 Taurus and we found this out the hard way, when her radio stopped picking up radio channels.
Most newer ones do not have any. Check the tie rods, ball joints, trac bar, and u-joints.
The dimmer switch / scroll wheel is in the ON positionA door open switch is stuckI don't know if this generation of Taurus/Sable still had the old style door-jamb plunger switch that's easy enough to get at with the spray oil.If Ford had switched over to the door sensors found in 1996 and newer models, the "Related Questions" below will offer a lot of good tips on dealing with the false door-ajar problems.
no they are sealed on newer cars,, the only time is when you have to replace ball joints then they come with a grease fitting!!
In recent years, the light bulb started to change when the newer CFL bulbs came out. The newer bulbs were energy efficient and people were urged to change older incandescent bulbs to the newer ones.
it depends on what year for the sable. if you have the owners manual it should say.... if it is a newer model you put the key in and turn it on to off 5 times the hit all the buttons on your remote that should program it
It depends on the year. Most of the newer trucks do not have any. Check the tie rods, ball joints, and u joints.
The wheel bearings in the 1996 and newer Taurus / Sables cannot be greased.See "Related Questions" below for information / procedures for replacing wheel bearings.
If your vehicle has the electronic climate controls, I think the interior temp sensor is behind the small grill area to the right of the radio. That feeds the electronic control the cabin temp so it can then adjust the heater blend door, fan speeds and duct positioning. I found my interior temp sensor was not mounted to the radio/climate controls dash panel - pulled the panel loose and snapped it back into place. Hope this is what the question is referencing - otherwise... See "Related Questions" below for more about Taurus/Sable heater controls & more
$325 is a fair price.
The vast majority of Vehicles 1980 and newer have computer controlled speed governors which interrupt the spark in the cylinder to prevent acceleration.
Newer cars don't have grease fittings anymore, the ball joints are a sealed unit.
That depends which model it is. On older models CV-joints were moulded into the driveshaft. To be replaced they had to be removed using a press and then warmed to be able to replace them. On these models it is often better to replace the whole driveshaft. On newer models CV-joints are attached with clips and can be replaced more easily.
The upper ball joints must be replaced with the upper control arms but the lower ball joints can be replaced seperately. NOTE: THE BEST WAY TO GET THEM OUT IS TO KNOCK THEM OUT WITH A 3LB MINI SLEDGE HAMMER FROM AUTOZONE. According to my Haynes repair manual it states that 1995 and newer models upper and lower balljoints are not removable or serviceable. If a balljoint is damaged or worn, replace the control arm.
On a 2001 Ford Taurus : ( No ) it doesn't have FAIL - SAFE COOLING like some of the newer Ford vehicles may have
I don't know about the newer models but the top problem with them is the transaxle. I have two 98 year model taurus' and ones trans has gone out already at around 230,000 miles and the others trans is about to go out at around 140,000 miles.
Yes, there is a CD player in the Ford Taurus. Many of the newer models come equipped with a CD changer also.
can you change the 4 speed transmission on a 1994 kawasaki 1500 to a newer 5 speed
Well... The "switch" itself - that turns the motor on/off & the various speeds, is mounted to the panel on the dashboard.In the 1996 and newer models, that panel also integrates the radio controls. See "Related Questions" below for specific directions on removing the panel to get at the 'switch'.There are also many 'Related Questions' that covers other issues involving the blower motor, from fuses to how-to replace it.
there are no grease fittings on the newer cars, all ball joints and steering parts are permanitly sealed.