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Ford Taurus

The Taurus is a vehicle manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1986, it was initially offered as a mid-size vehicle. The Taurus is now offered as a full-size all-wheel drive vehicle.

Asked in Headlights Tail and Brake Lights, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you replace the tail - turn or brake light bulbs on a Ford Taurus?

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 do the following: Pop the trunk. Loosen the trunk lining in order to reach the 4 nuts that are located on the right or left...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Late Model 1979-New Ford Mustangs

Does a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable have a radiator drain plug?

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 where there is a drain cock on the driver's side. It looks like a plastic bolt and takes a 3/4 wrench to open it. Some...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you remove a door panel on a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

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 for other Phillips screws, 2 or 3, around the lower 1/2 of the panel Pry hidden plastic hold down fasteners from around the edge - pull the panel away from the door and where you see it 'stuck'...
Asked in Headlights Tail and Brake Lights, Ford Taurus, Ford Expedition XLT, How To

How to change headlight headlamp bulb on 1996-1999 Taurus?

# Make sure headlamp is off and open hood. # Facing the driver's side headlamp, and looking at the headlamp itself, at clock positions 8, 11 and 1 are the headlight housing screws. They all look the same. Using a 10mm socket wrench, remove these 3 screws and set them aside. # Just to the right of the "11 o'clock" housing screw is a clinch bolt (same hexagonal 10mm sized top as the housing screws). This just needs a few turns to...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Transmission Fluid

How do you change the transmission oil and filter on a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

See "Related Links" for a photo How-to tutorial Procedures You will be removing the transmission pan, and draining the transmission fluid (so make sure you have several quarts of new transmission fluid ready). The pan is attached to the bottom of the transmission by 17 or 19 (depending on the transmission model) 8mm bolts. Assuming you don't also want to do a full flush of the transmission fluid (which would be desirable if the transmission fluid is visibly oxidized (brownish with little or no...
Asked in Ford Taurus

Why does the door ajar light stay on and the over head light in a Ford Taurus?

== == 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 mechanism - electronic contact cleaner, carb, brake, etc * Air, canned or even better, from a compressor * Spray lubricant - a dry lube (best), silicone spray, WD-40 or similar 2. Open...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Mitsubishi, Ford Taurus, Check Engine Light

What causes the check engine light to come on and how to read the trouble codes in a Taurus - Sable?

The check engine light (CEL for short) is triggered when one or more of the many sensors on the vehicle detects a not-normal reading, There are 2 basic steps to determining the cause of the CEL coming on: Have the codes read - many places offer to read the engine codes for free. Autozone even provides a printout of the codes, and a short description of common causes Research those codes! Find out the true cause and reason for the not-normal reading. It is...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you fix a Taurus - Sable that is stuck in park?

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 This vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock feature that prevents the gearshift from being moved from P (Park) unless the brake pedal is depressed. If you cannot move the...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the flasher located on a 1996-1999 Taurus - Sable?

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 right side of the dash panel. This of course is done, with you laying on your back, and your feet in the back seat. It's a...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Heater Cores and Blower Fans

How do you change the heater blower motor on a Taurus - Sable?

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 you have this problem is pull the blower resister assembly out and examine it. If it has corrosion or rust on the terminals, you have this problem. Replace the resister assembly,...
Asked in Timing and Firing Orders, Ford Taurus

What is the cylinder layout and firing order for Ford Taurus 3.0 and 3.8 engines?

Ford settled on uniform firing orders covering many many years of vehicles: 2.5L Engine: 1-3-4-2 V6 3.0, 3.8: 1-4-2-5-3-6 Taurus SHO V-8: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8 V6 Cylinder numbering: 1 - 2 - 3 4 - 5 - 6 (Front of Vehicle) The coil pack looks like this --4 pin-- ----------------- --1--- 2--- 3-- ---------------- --5--- 6--- 4-- ----------------- Coil: with the connector positioned in the lower right hand corner, the upper row from left to right is: 4-6-5. The lower row is 3-2-1. ---- == == * * == == ---- The distributor cap should...
Asked in Ford Taurus, VW New Beetle, Ford Expedition XLT, Late Model 1979-New Ford Mustangs

How do you remove the door panel and replace the side mirror on a Taurus - Sable?

The best description of this procedure, including photos, I have found is at Just follow the first 14 steps and then reverse them to install your new mirror assembly. See "Related Questions" below for direct link to the pdf file ok, it is very simple. all you have to do is take off the door panel, and if you have the tweeter in the corner of the door, you are going to have to take the screen off and undo the...
Asked in Starters and Ignition Systems, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

Where to find and how to replace the starter on a Taurus - Sable?

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 assembly. New Answer It is simple to replace. They are located at the front of engine. Disconnect Negative Battery cable first, raise vehicle and support vehicle, remove the electrical wires from starter, remove mounting bolts (2...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Radio

How do you remove the radio from a 1986-1995 Taurus-Sable?

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 the tools to the *OUTSIDE* while pulling the radio out from the dash. This is more "art" & feel...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Why would your turn signals and flashers fail on a Taurus or Sable?

The three most likely causes seem to be the following: Fuses Flasher unit Turn signal switch on the steering column Here are some suggestions from our community on how to resolve the problem: I had a similar problem. The fix is actually pretty easy. The car is almost 20 years old, has 200,000 miles on it. The connector for the lighting portion of the multi-function switch, is on the top of the TILT steering column. Every time you tilt the wheel down, you pull on...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Starters and Ignition Systems, Mercury Sable

How do you replace the ignition switch cylinder in a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

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. Getting the lock cylinder out The first part is really quite easy I found out. I know you have to disconnect the battery first so...
Asked in Cars & Vehicles, Ford Taurus, Ford Ranger

What are causes for no-heat problems in a Ford Taurus - blowing cold or lukewarm air only?

These are common causes of 'no-heat' when the coolant is flowing: Blocked / plugged heater core To check - confirm that both heater hoses going into the firewall are warm. If only one is warm, likely there is a blockage and the core will have to be flushed and/or replaced. Temperature blend door is stuck in the cold air position The door itself is binding and not able to pivot. The blend door actuator has failed - see "Related Links" below for the
Asked in Serpentine Belts, Ford Taurus

Where can you find an online diagram for serpentine belt routing for any vehicle?

Free online diagrams can be found at They offer a free online comprehensive serpentine belt reference tool - including routing diagrams and tensioner information. Visit Somewhere under the hood, usually on the fan shroud or near the radiator, there should be a sticker with a diagram of the belt routing, 2001 may even be on the hood. On this diagram it will show a tensioner pulley and idler pulley and the approximate location. Most Fords use a 15mm or 16mm bolt...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Heater Cores and Blower Fans

Why does your Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable heater blower not work?

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 you have this problem is pull the blower resister assembly out and examine it. If it has corrosion or rust on the terminals, you have this problem. Replace the resister assembly,...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the hazard turn signal flasher unit located and how do you change it on a 1986-1995 Taurus Sable?

Flasher Location It's located on top off the fuse panel under the dash on the driver side. 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 hazard lights not working and you've checked your fuses, the next logical step would be to find the flasher. On looking up this question myself I found that the...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, Mercury Sable

What are some basic steps to diagnosing ABS brake warning lights on Taurus - Sable?

ABS, anti-lock brake systems are actually pretty basic: Control module Wheel sensor / 'exciter' ring (toothed gear integrated into end of axle shaft) Diagnostics Examine each wheel for physical problems ** Mud & debris on the ring that could interfere with the sensor Wiring - broken, frayed, corroded Wiring connector - disconnected, corroded Trouble codes ** requires specialized scan tool (about $200) As with engine codes, will provide more detailed information for diagnostics - such as a recurring code to a specific wheel as in my case. Appears that most places charge...
Asked in Air Conditioning and Coolant, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Ford Expedition XLT

Where is the low side valve on a 3.0 Sable - Taurus air conditioning?

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 right near the radiator. Not certain but believe R-12 Freon was being phased out about 1992 and the new refrigerant is...
Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Ford Taurus

Where can you find a fuse box diagram for 1996-2010 Ford Taurus?

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 detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to. Keep reading for information & links to free online sources of Owners Manuals for...
Asked in Ford Taurus

How do you replace the headlamp assembly - bulb on a 1986-1995 Taurus?

1986-1988 Taurus / Sables, the headlight assembly doesn't come out very easily - makes bulb replacement a job for someone with small hands. 1989-1995 The headlamp assembly is much more easily removed, making headlight and turn signal bulb replacement a breeze. According to the Chilton's manual, there are only 3 nylon u-shaped clips holding the headlamp assembly in. After releasing the headlight assembly: Disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb. Now the headlamp is free to work with. Remove the bulb from the lamp assembly by pulling...
Asked in Ford Taurus

Where is the emergency fuel shut off inertia switch in a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

The emergency shut-off, fuel reset, inertia switch - all referring to the same thing - is almost universally located in the back right corner of the vehicle. In the case of a sedan, pull back the trunk liner to access the switch. In a wagon, the reset/shutoff switch is behind an access panel on the right hand side of the cargo / kid area. Recessed into the top of the switch is a red button - when it is tripped, you'll be able...