Taurus driveability problems

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S Richardson

Pacific, MO

#1 Jul 14, 2006
My 93 Taurus needed air conditioner work and was starting to run rough, so my mechanic did a long-overdue tuneup (new plugs, wires, cap, rotor, etc). It still ran rough and hesitated badly when starting off so I took it back and one of the new plug wires had touched the exhaust manifold, burning it through. Replaced that, fixed a loose coil wire, and the car idled like it was new but it still has a terrible hesitation when starting out and I have to nearly floor the gas pedal and drop it down a gear (automatic) to climb any kind of hill. Most of the time, that is. Sometimes it seems OK. When it's acting up it feels like an old car that has a vacuum leak (no vacuum advance) or a simple timing problem but other times it's more or less OK. I hate to take the car back again, I spent 5 hours sitting in the shop today. Any thoughts on what could be wrong?
Paul

United States

#2 Jul 31, 2006
It could be dirty fuel injectors.
Brenda S

Unionville, MO

#3 Aug 12, 2006
I have a 1994 taurus and I getting a squeaking noise when you turn the wheel back and forth or turning a corner it drives well .Any ideas
Frank

AOL

#4 Oct 5, 2006
Clean or Repalce the MAF sensor!
John

Sturgis, MI

#5 Oct 20, 2006
2001 Taurus 3.0L with 54K that just started making a squeaking/chirping noise at
idle and running. It goes away with higher acceleration, and doesnt change at
all when a/c is turned on/off, doesnt increase when turning the steering wheel.
Checked pulleys and belt, all okay. It's coming from the top rear side of the
engine, near where the throttle linkage hooks into the fuel system (no where
near the front of the engine). I'm 95% sure the noise isnt reflecting back there
from the pulleys, but I don't know of anything near the top of the engine that
would cause that noise. It isnt any more noticeable when I remove the oil fill
cap(like it might be internal engine trouble). Any thoughts? Thanks for the
help. "
Bob

Grandville, MI

#6 Dec 1, 2006
try fuel injector cleaner it sounds like it might help some. drive at least a half hour after you put it in and there should be a diffrence. At least there was in my 1993 park ave. it was hesitating while goin up hills and just for regular acceloration and after i tried the injector cleaner twice it ran like new
Joe

United States

#7 Jan 10, 2007
I have the same problem and cannot seem to figure out what the problem is, i've gotten the belts changed and a new water pump as well as a completely re-done pulley system, i cannot seem to find the cause of that noise...what did they say was your problem?
Jim

Fresno, CA

#8 Feb 15, 2007
I had a squeal coming from the top of engine from under the black cover...it was the Synchronizer Assembly...the item that has a gear shaft on it..the sleeve was the culprit....after that was changed, tho, my engine check lite came on the next day..and is still on and Ford can't fix it...this was back in November, 2006 and this is February 2007..code 1336..good luck.

Jim, Fresno, Ca
Kevin

Merrillville, IN

#9 Jun 3, 2007
Joe wrote:
I have the same problem and cannot seem to figure out what the problem is, i've gotten the belts changed and a new water pump as well as a completely re-done pulley system, i cannot seem to find the cause of that noise...what did they say was your problem?
I think this thread is about your problem: http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php...
Mine just started, so I am looking for a solution also.
Best price on part so far is at ROCKAUTO.com
robert bleecker

Saint Catharines, Canada

#10 Oct 4, 2007
at times there is a growling noise when transmission is in park gear, holding brake pedal seem to take most of it away. otherwise shifting is smooth and sure, flushed and refilled with synthetic fluid last year. any ideas out there ?
Fred Mao

Fairfax, VA

#11 Nov 3, 2007
My same car has same problem when 120,000 miles. Do you get any solution yet?
John wrote:
2001 Taurus 3.0L with 54K that just started making a squeaking/chirping noise at
idle and running. It goes away with higher acceleration, and doesnt change at
all when a/c is turned on/off, doesnt increase when turning the steering wheel.
Checked pulleys and belt, all okay. It's coming from the top rear side of the
engine, near where the throttle linkage hooks into the fuel system (no where
near the front of the engine). I'm 95% sure the noise isnt reflecting back there
from the pulleys, but I don't know of anything near the top of the engine that
would cause that noise. It isnt any more noticeable when I remove the oil fill
cap(like it might be internal engine trouble). Any thoughts? Thanks for the
help. "
Fred Mao

Fairfax, VA

#12 Nov 3, 2007
My same car has same problem in 120,000 miles. 2 garages said transmission problem.
ridgeville27

Hampton, VA

#13 Mar 6, 2008
My 2000 Taurus SE 3.o DOHC has a repeat drop in r.p.m. if held at 2500. A quick drop and return every 2 to 3 seconds. Please help me.
NT_NY

AOL

#14 Mar 7, 2008
My (58,000 miles) 1999 wagon's RPM's increase to over 2 to 2.5 for no reason while driving a steady speed. This starts after driving about 4 miles, and then continues to repeat every once in a while. No increase in acceleration...I just hear it (and feel it) and watch the needle go up and back down. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Mike

Middleboro, MA

#15 May 2, 2008
John wrote:
2001 Taurus 3.0L with 54K that just started making a squeaking/chirping noise at
idle and running. It goes away with higher acceleration, and doesnt change at
all when a/c is turned on/off, doesnt increase when turning the steering wheel.
Checked pulleys and belt, all okay. It's coming from the top rear side of the
engine, near where the throttle linkage hooks into the fuel system (no where
near the front of the engine). I'm 95% sure the noise isnt reflecting back there
from the pulleys, but I don't know of anything near the top of the engine that
would cause that noise. It isnt any more noticeable when I remove the oil fill
cap(like it might be internal engine trouble). Any thoughts? Thanks for the
help. "
I am having the same problem with my 2001 Ford Taurus SES. It is the same chirpping noise. It goes away sometimes, but it is still doing it. What should I do? Should I try the fuel injector cleaner? Any suggestions out there???
Mike

Middleboro, MA

#16 May 2, 2008
I am having the chirpping noise on my 2001 Ford Taurus. It goes away when I accelerate, but comes back at idle. Should I try the fuel injector cleaner? Or could it be something else?? It is coming from near the accelerator linkage as well. Can't seem to put my finger on it???? Any suggestions?
Jennifer

AOL

#17 Nov 3, 2008
NT_NY wrote:
My (58,000 miles) 1999 wagon's RPM's increase to over 2 to 2.5 for no reason while driving a steady speed. This starts after driving about 4 miles, and then continues to repeat every once in a while. No increase in acceleration...I just hear it (and feel it) and watch the needle go up and back down. Any suggestions? Thanks.
You need a tune up that will fix that acceleration problem
James Rahrig

West Palm Beach, FL

#18 Aug 3, 2010
SOLUTION - Squeaking/chirping at driver side of Vulcan engine

Most commonly it is the camshaft synchronizer. In extreme cases the cam position sensor can be damaged as well, but later models have a design change that prevents sensor damage.
USE A GENUINE FORD PART !!! Do NOT get the Dorman brand replacement. They have been shown to fail relatively quickly in some cases; ~1500 miles.
The cam position sensor is located on top of the synchronizer so you may as well replace that while you're at it. It is not expensive at under $20 at your local auto parts store. Any brand should be fine.
clyde

Blue Springs, MO

#19 Dec 12, 2010
John wrote:
2001 Taurus 3.0L with 54K that just started making a squeaking/chirping noise at
idle and running. It goes away with higher acceleration, and doesnt change at
all when a/c is turned on/off, doesnt increase when turning the steering wheel.
Checked pulleys and belt, all okay. It's coming from the top rear side of the
engine, near where the throttle linkage hooks into the fuel system (no where
near the front of the engine). I'm 95% sure the noise isnt reflecting back there
from the pulleys, but I don't know of anything near the top of the engine that
would cause that noise. It isnt any more noticeable when I remove the oil fill
cap(like it might be internal engine trouble). Any thoughts? Thanks for the
help. "
Check the fuel injector drive assembly. It is right under the throttle body. My wife's car did the same thing. Ford said this was common. Be careful changing this it has to be timed. 38-degrees counterclockwise from the engine centerline.
Ben Lawrence

Green Bay, WI

#20 Sep 2, 2011
Same with mine I think it's a rocker arm lose

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