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1996 Ford Taurus

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1996 Ford Taurus Problems

Engine -- Verified

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

The synchronizer shaft for the camshaft position sensor can cause a loud squeak or chirping noise due to failure of the upper bushing. The noise may be erratic and is usually present when the engine is warm.

1996 Ford Taurus Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, February 21, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for a possible defective brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch. If malfunctioning, the vehicle cannot be operated under proper code requirements. This could result in loss of braking if the switch is ignored and fluid is locked. Dealers will replace the brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch.

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Drive Train, July 17, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Windstar, and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the park pawl mechanism in the transaxle. There is a roll pin that may not have gone through the park pawl shaft correctly. In some cases, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park," which may cause it to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft roll pin, and if it's found to be damaged, they will replace it and the park pawl shaft.

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Drive Train, October 9, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the transmission park mechanism. In some vehicles, the park pawl is not rotating as necessary to enter the park gear. This could cause the vehicle to roll out of control. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft for rotation. Shafts with restricted rotation will have a shorter shaft installed that will not restrict rotation.

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Engine, October 2, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus vehicles for an inspection of the fuel pressure regulator. Some fuel pressure regulators were damaged during manufacturing, causing a possible diaphragm rupture and fuel leak, which can lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel pressure regulator and replace suspect units.

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Engine, June 17, 1998

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles that have had a fuel tank replaced as part of Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 97-17-9. An 18-gallon tank was mistakenly installed instead of 16-gallon tank. The tank also has a second valve location where a shipping plug is installed, which could leak and possibly start a fire. Dealers will replace the tank with the correct unit.

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1996 Ford Taurus Questions and Answers

CorrieCain, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Corvallis, OR

I replaced my freeze plug, and it blew again. I keep fixing the freeze plug, but wonder if it isnt the thermostat. My car doesnt overheat.

CorrieCain, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Corvallis, OR

I have replaced my thermostat in my 1996 ford taurus wagon, 3.0L v6. As i started the car it began to spray radiator fluid from the hose connected to the intake manifold. I did everything it said t...

majacks, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Fort Pierce, FL

The last mechanic put freeon in my a/c unit. the freeon would not stay but was leaking out so the mechanic put a screw in the release vale. How can I get that piece of hose repair or do I have to b...

buckabilly, 1996 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Biloxi, MS

where is the rear ground located, I was told to check it. Thanks

meedee, 1996 Ford Taurus, Norristown, PA

A few weeks ago, I noticed my temperature gauge was always running hot, so I had to drive w/the heat blasting for it to go down-I had the thermostat replaced a few days ago, but it is still happening

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1996 Ford Taurus Reviews

Great car, I love mine, just passed 200k miles and still running strong. Power steering needs to be replaced in most taurus's after 150k miles. Great car though

I've had 4 Taurus' and 1 Sable, all bought used, and put about 100k on each. These are great cars, very economical, and reliable.

I got this car for my 16th birthday. I've had it for 2 and a half years now. Even after I crashed it and smashed up the front end right after I got my license, it has been a reliable car. It seems like we have to put time and money into it all the time, but for being 15 years old, its still been a good car. but now, no matter how many flushes and how much water/antifreeze we put in the radiator, it gets really hot after about a month of driving around. very frustrated, but it still was a very good car. I definitely recommend it to any first driver.

I have to say i can be rough on cars. living in a sub of a major city can cause you to put many many miles on your car. I bought my 96 taurus last year with 170k and now it is over 200k. I've had some major work: trans, brakes, you name it. I've always kept up with my oil cange every 3,000 miles with an inspection as well. I think this car has done well considering what its been through. It is a tough car and just as determined as a taurus should be!

My Taurus has only 87,000 miles the heating/ cooling system is a huge problem, Over heats constant,Replacing pump now. A/C does not work, My Automatic transmission Park"-pawl abutment bracket is broken. Not safe! Altenator , belts replaced. This car has been kept up with regular work Brakes, tune ups, oil changes. For the low milage this car is a lemon.

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