1997 Ford Taurus Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford Taurus

1997 Ford Taurus Problems

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.

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.

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.

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1997 Ford Taurus Questions

My husband has replaced the pump and pressure line. After putting in more than 8, 10 oz bottles it's still not marking on the powers steering dip stick/cap. HELP... What could he have done wrong??

Instead of shifting to second it just seems to slip to neutral when its cold. When it does warm up it shifts perfectly. Fluid is full not burnt looks good. Ideas??

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1997 Ford Taurus Recalls

Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles and 1998 Contour, Mercury Mystique, Lincoln Navigator, and Town Car models to provide owners with proper instructions on how to aim their headlamps. If there is a need to adjust the headlamps, during headlamp replacement for example, there is a lack of proper documentation on how to properly perform the adjustment. Ford will mail vehicle owners a new owner guide containing revised aiming instructions.

Ford has recalled certain 1997 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles and 1997-1998 Windstar vehicles for a possible transmission leak. The low-intermediate servo cover may become detached, causing a fluid leak. Fluid leaking onto the catalytic converters could cause a fire. Dealers will inspect the transmission and replace the affected servo covers.

Ford has recalled certain 1996-1997 Taurus, Windstar, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the park mechanism in the transmission. The park pawl mechanism may not engage even though the shifter indicates the vehicle is in "Park." This could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly and cause a crash or injury. Dealers will repair the parking pawl bracket in the transaxle.

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1997 Ford Taurus Reviews

we have owned every generation of Taurus built to date. We currently own a 2006 and a 1997. The first one we owned a 1986 GL 3.0l was an Awesome car it had over 360000km on it when we sold it. Continued to run with new owner to nearly 550,000kms and was great on fuel ! did replace trans once but hell it had nerarly 250kms on it when I overhauled it. my 1994 3.8l GL was a let down. the 3.8l engi...

I've had this car for almost 4 years. got when it had 150,000 miles now has 215,000. the only problem i have had is with the brakes and the inner/outer rods which is a $450 job. it has had only oil changes. so i think its a nice car o

i bought my 1997 taurus gl in 09 the first car i ever bought off a dealer and i love my car it had 107 miles on it when i got it i drove it all the way from va to keywest,fl no problems till i get back here and found out it had the original spark plugs and wires on it and now it starts and then dies alot of people say it is the cad.coverters but not sure i got hit in the back by a drunk driver...

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