2002 Ford Taurus Enging Squeak

2002 Ford Taurus Enging Squeak

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SMKETR07

Newton, TX

#1 Nov 19, 2007
At idle speed, my 2002 Ford Taurus 6 cyl engine has a continuous squeak or chirp coming from the drivers side top of the engine. It seems to be coming from a black disk about the size of a silver dollar located just to the left of the thermostat housing. There is also a plastic wire clip attached to it.
It is very difficult to get a good look at it since there is a large wiring harness that runs across the top of it. I would like to disconnect the wires to this disk but I am concerned it may mess up the computer. Any ideas on what it might be and if that could be the cause of the squeak? Thanks for your help
woody

AOL

#2 Nov 24, 2007
the squeak is from the idler pully most likely. change it and that should solve the problem. good luck......
SMKETR07

Newton, TX

#3 Nov 28, 2007
woody wrote:
the squeak is from the idler pully most likely. change it and that should solve the problem. good luck......
Woody, Thanks for the reply. I ran the engine with the belt off and the squeak was still there coming from the opposite side of the pulleys. It seem sto be coming from this black disk on top of the engine on the left side.
JAY

Glendale, CA

#4 Dec 19, 2007
I HAVE THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2001 TAURUS V6. TYPE IN TAURUS SQEEK ON YAHOO. I FOUND A FORD TAURUS FORUM WHERE ANOTHER GUY HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE A SENSOR UNDER A BLACK PLASTIC CAP WITH A PLUG ON IT BEHIND THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. IT TELLS YOU HOW TO CHANGE IT. IM TAKING MINE TO MY MECHANIC. FOR A MINUTE I THOUGHT MY CAMSHAFT WAS GOING BAD BUT I THINK ITS JUST THE CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR. GOOD LUCK!
flush limbaw

Amesbury, MA

#5 Feb 14, 2008
had same noise on a'99 3.0 ,52,000 mls.garage replaced cam sensor and the synchroniser underneath.possible overkill, but the chirping stopped.
Brett

Leduc, Canada

#6 Feb 20, 2008
I had the same problem. A squeak that sounded more like a chirp from the driver side of the vehicle. The dealership replaced the 'fuel synchonizer' and the sensor above it. The chirping stopped.
mcsupersport

United States

#7 Mar 20, 2008
The noise when from t-stat area, under throttle body is the camshaft position sensor synchronizer. You can replace either just the synchronizer or both synchronizer and sensor. Sometimes the synchronizer will damage the sensor and it will have to be replaced.
Thomas C

United States

#8 Mar 27, 2008
Does anyone know about how much the repair/replacement cost?
Brett wrote:
I had the same problem. A squeak that sounded more like a chirp from the driver side of the vehicle. The dealership replaced the 'fuel synchonizer' and the sensor above it. The chirping stopped.
Mike

Pflugerville, TX

#9 May 1, 2008
My 2003 3.OL OHV Taurus at 105,000 miles is doing this as well. It has drove me crazy trying to figure it out, however it is getting replaced tomorrow at the Ford dealer for $300.00
Kat

United States

#10 May 4, 2008
My 03 Taurus has this problem as well. Does anyone know if there would be any danger/further damage if I don't get it fixed for a while? I'm not too interested in spending $300 right now
dave

Santa Ana, CA

#11 Jun 14, 2008
im having the same issue with the chirp, but about 2 weeks the car started stumbling around 4000 RPM but drives like new below 4k and after 4k. i was wondering if any of you are having the same issue. because it could have many different origins other than the sensor.
ford sucks

Colorado Springs, CO

#12 Sep 22, 2008
Just purchased the sync from a ford dealer for $140. before you replace the sensor, inspect it $30. You can pull the wiring harness up and over the metal vacuum tube without having to undo the plastic shield/case.. Its best to unbolt the sensor from the sync first(for access to the bolt that holds the sync down). Take note of where the sensor tit is located in the sync body before removing. Also, the sync will turn counter clockwise when being removed/pulled out.

Why does ford go through all the trouble engineering this nightmare, when they could just put a sensor on the crank pulley?
RCm

United States

#13 Nov 23, 2008
does anyone knows how to synchronize a 2002 ford taurus 3.0 single cam?
Randy T

Fort Worth, TX

#14 Nov 28, 2008
Brett wrote:
I had the same problem. A squeak that sounded more like a chirp from the driver side of the vehicle. The dealership replaced the 'fuel synchonizer' and the sensor above it. The chirping stopped.
Same problem / solution on my 2001 Taurus. Lots of the websites said that it's important for a qualified mechanic to do this becuase it requires toole you and I don't have to properly install the sensor. Good news is it will run a long time with the noise but the noise will eventually get VERY loud.
Lee Tenn

AOL

#15 Feb 5, 2009
Thomas C wrote:
Does anyone know about how much the repair/replacement cost?
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I just had my 2002 Taurus SE repaired today for the same problem. The dealership replaced the cam sensor and the cam synchronizer. The job costed 271.63.
cam sensor $28.17
Cam sychronizer $113.51
Labor $120.00
bec

West Chester, OH

#16 Aug 18, 2009
sounds like this should be a recall. Anyone check into it?
bryan

Lone Jack, MO

#17 Oct 17, 2009
my 2002 taurus has a continuos squeak coming from the passenger side of engine.it sounds like its coming from a pulley.i just replaced te belt. but it still squeaks. any suggestions please
Dion

Santa Ana, CA

#18 Jan 8, 2010
We have a whole fleet of these vehicles mentioned above. The Taurus SQUEAK comes from the cam shaft sensor not being lubricated from the engine. The oil does not go far up enough to lube the sleeve. The noise comes from the DRYNESS of steel on aluminum.
Steel shaft aluminum housing. Its just irritation as He** as it sounds like a tweety bird. They dont seize up just makes noise. To change it out is very easy just need asute observation. Make sure you note EXACTLY where the cam sensor is placed and just slamdunk it in in exactly where it was. If you want to go cheap you can immerse the aluminum housing in oil or better grease and work it up to the housing. Better yet would be a grease fitting but thats another story...interesting enough in our fleet of 150 Taurus only about 15% exhibited this problem. Would you know it..I bought my wife a 03 and it makes the noise...LOL!
TWEET TWEET! Just turn the radio up.
travelincats

Edmonton, Canada

#19 Feb 28, 2010
thanx for all the input,my 03 escape squeals like belts,had them taken off,still squeals,and misfires at 3000 rpm. I will look for this cam syncronizes and sensor,where is it located,any help is great,thanx all :)
TC 2002 Taurus

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Mar 6, 2010
Squeek at 60000 miles and religious oil changes. Changed the shaft and sensor. Now at 137000 another squeek. Bad design with no positive oil pressure. There are holes that look like lube ports, but without positive pressure oil will not lube it. How can an average joe sync the cam and sensor without the tool ford will not sell?

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