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1997 Ford Taurus

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1997 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 engine may misfire and/or buck while driving at freeway speeds with no fault code stored in the powertrain control module (PCM). This can be caused by an intermittent fault with the camshaft synchronizer assembly. This condition can be diagnosed by monitoring knock sensor data as per Ford service bulletin #05-22-12. Replacement of the synchronizer assembly will be required to correct this concern.

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.

1997 Ford Taurus Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, June 30, 1997

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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.

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Drive Train, September 23, 1996

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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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Electrical & Lights, March 23, 1998

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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.

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1997 Ford Taurus Questions and Answers

OldTaurus, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Littleton, CO

Is the 97 Taurus oil pan, steel or aluminum?

mmedford, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Olympia, WA

The indicator light on the dash says the door is open when it's closed and when this happens the interior lights will not go out. This model does't have the typical plunger type switch. C...

rafa13, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Bayamon, PR

I have a 1997Ford Taurus and the fuel gauge stays on full.How can I fix this problem. Do I have to take the fuel tank apart or there is a access to replace the fuel float/sending unit?

arlene, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Pasadena, TX

Car will start but will immediately turn off when placed into gear?

eagles, 1997 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6 DOHC, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

When heater is on, only cold air blows out.

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1997 Ford Taurus Reviews

I have always owned ford and my last taurus died at over 250 thousand or more i took it from the top of IL to the bottom all over it was great and the best body style of them all then i got wrangled into a 97 over 100 thousand at about 50 thou or so extra on it blew the trans out brake blew before that had to take it in a rod was jammed in the brakes tires suspension the normal crap with that old and high miles i plan to make the rest of the repairs tires in back and suspension I love ford Tauruses they are my favorite car and unless the other person beat the crap out of it or you do they are great comfortable reliable cars

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 this 1997 Taurus 6 months ago, and like it very much. I have owned several Fords through the years but this is my first FWD vehicle. The vehicle has needed some normal maintenance and some various minor repairs, but with 106000, and now since I have owned it, it has 116000. These repairs are to be expected. The vehicle has had a off idle acceleration problem since I got it, but this is yet to be resolved, I have had it to one mechanic that did a injector flush, but this had no effect on the problem.
I have read several other reviews like this and I see several people complaining about problems they had had and end up saying the car is a piece of S%@!. It seems like every time I see this, it is a 2nd 3rd or 4th owner, and they obviously have no idea of the previous maintenance history or how hard the vehicle may have been used. Also I see that the car “only had 80000 miles” I hate to tell you this but 80000 is not low miles. It may be low for a 12 to 16 year old vehicle, but not low overall. If you ask most any good mechanic they will tell you 60000 miles is the time you start a major maintenance schedule. This goes for any vehicle, even you Honda and Toyota guys. It also seems like getting a good Diagnosis and repair is difficult, these technicians don’t really know what to do if the problem is not obvious or the analysis machine does not tell them exactly what is wrong. I have a different car that has had a problem with the emissions system and the mechanic has tried twice now it figure out what is wrong and 600.00 out of my pocket and the problem is still not fixed.

I got my '97 Taurus as a graduation present two years ago. It had 85k miles on it at the time, and was in perfect working condition until the AC broke a week after getting it (In mid-April, I might add). For a few months, everything else was perfect, but then the heater broke sometime in the following October. To this day, I don't have either fixed, and I've had to replace my spark plugs. Now I have a problem with the check engine light and from what I've been told, the catalytic converters. I understand that it's an old car, though, and it's served me well these past couple of years. I would give anything to have the new 2010 Taurus.

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 at 40mph and iwas at a dead stop and all i had was a scuff on my bumper his hole front end was smashed but over all i had no problems with it even though i got ripped off on the price of it but it is a nice,roomy, comfy car

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