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Ford Taurus Camshaft Sensor Magnet may Damage Synchronizers

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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC

Average Mileage: 135,887 mi (50,000 mi - 320,000 mi)


The magnet for the camshaft position sensor may fall out of its mount and damage the synchronizers. This causes long crank times when starting the engine and may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. If this happens, both the magnets and the synchronizers need to be replaced.

  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 81,300 mi

    Jan 3, 2012 Chirping noise when engine warms up, engine miss above 3000rpm. Shop said camshaft synchronizer bad and had to be replaced.
    About a year ago significant oil leak onto exhaust, thought it was front oil seal, found out oil pan gasket leaking. I want to know the assembly line person responsible for this!!!

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 50,000 mi

    my cramshaft is chirping and squeeling

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 63,000 mi

    Heard a "clicking" noise from engine which increased at higher RPM's. Mechanic examined engine with Stethoscope and said it was the camshaft sensor. Quoted me $275 but I checked online (Repair Pal) and should be in range of $100 for parts and labor.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 150,000 mi

    check engine stay on and now check transmission light comes and go's

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 135,000 mi

    check engine light on and delayed starting.

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  • motorcycle grandma, , 3.0L V6, 197,000 mi

    Slight misfire on #2 cylinder

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  • dburge515, , 3.0L V6, 320,000 mi

    Check Engine light goes on and off all the time - have leak like you describe. Have not had a full diagnostics done yet at the Ford dealer but that's the next step. Smaller garages have tried but cannot figure it out so must take it to a Ford dealer. Thanks for the tip!

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 167,000 mi

    loud squeal noise when starting and accelerating. goes away once warm. about 5 miles.replaced transmission filter, and starter late summer of 2013. also only getting 10 mpg in town. 15mpg on freeway. chk engine light came on early summer of 2013. now its flashing and has been for about 6 months now. transmission seems to be slipping all of a sudden. starts to rattle hard at a stop and on green light as accelerating it will shake as if it is missing until it "catches" then it drives semi smooth in drive . i was told it was needing transmission replacement asap, fuel injector #2, and power steering pump pulley. does this sound right? i dont have any noise when turning, never had, and fluid is full.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6 DOHC, 162,675 mi

    it vibrated and then the engine light flashed and then stayed on running rough. I put an obd 2 reading at home states cylinder 6 misfire. Last month I took the car in for repairs because of illumining engine light, oil leaks, and water pump replacement. All were fixed one month later car running rough again and illuming light on and burns oil with no oil leaks.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 113,000 mi

    It still has not been fixed.

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