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1998 Ford Taurus

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1998 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

White smoke coming from the exhaust could indicate that a head gasket has blown or there is a cracked cylinder head. Our technicians tell us that removal and inspection of the cylinder heads will be required to confirm a crack is present.

Electrical & Lights -- ramsrn1 and 4 others

when i turn the automatic light switch on my healghts dont come on but my running(parking) lights do

Engine -- Verified

If you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

1998 Ford Taurus Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 4, 1998

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Ford has recalled certain 1998-1999 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the front seat belt buckle attaching stud. On some vehicles, the attaching stud could develop cracks due to manufacturing issues. If cracked, the belt may become detached and not properly protect vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the seat belt buckle mounting bracket and stud assembly.

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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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1998 Ford Taurus Questions and Answers

Karen_1, 1998 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Farmington, MO

Gear shift won't shift gears, but gear shift moves (slides) up & down. But I can shift it under the hood by moving the lever.

tattoojim, 1998 Ford Taurus, Flushing, MI

drivers door latch will not catch how do i fix this

EaziePeezie, 1998 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Poway, CA

I have a used 98 ford taurus with under 90,000 miles on it and after blowing white smoke and spewing fluids everywhere i looked at the engine oil dipstick and discovered a thick caramely milk. afte...

Clarnie, 1998 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Grants, NM

are there any other Ford Taurus transmissions interchangable with a 1998 Ford Taurus transmision?

tophawg, 1998 Ford Taurus, 3.0L V6, Belfast, ME

where is the spped sensor located?

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1998 Ford Taurus Reviews

My 1998 Ford Taurus is a hunk of s**t. I got it from my grandfather in January 2013, and he never drove it. I am always commuting back and forth from school and work. The lines on my tranny came loose and leaked out all of the fluid I had. I got the leak fixed just in time. After that, my power steering belt had worn down the entire side of the pully, which I had to replace. After that, all of my brake fluid leaked out, and my brakes stopped working. My car shakes when I'm on the highway, my engine sputters, the heating core doesn't function...now, my shift cable broke and my gear shift won't shift into drive. The brand new serpentine belt I put on last summer is shredded and hanging by small strings. My computer system is also jacked up. It has convinced itself that my doors are open when they are not, so I had to disconnect my overhead light to avoid my battery dying. When I put my key in my door as opposed to using the key fob, my hazards turn on and continue to stay on until I turn the engine off or use the key fob. But the key fob sometimes chooses not to work (with new batteries.) Also, the alarm doesn't go off when you hit the panic button, nor does the beep when you press lock a second time. The motor that moves the seats go on and off at any point in time. On occasion, my blinkers turn on without me hitting the shift. I will NEVER buy a Ford.

My 98 Taurus Wagon SE is also still on the road with 181,000 miles and a survivor of two rear end collisions (pesky tailgaters!). The 2nd one resulted in a 1/2 inch frame compression that took three days on a rack to straighten out. Main complaint: brakes. Yes this car saw lots of city and commuter driving; So 11 major brake jobs over 13 years (last one was in 2011) is to be expected (but, by comparison, my 2004 Crown Vic has 261K on it and I'm only on the 3rd set so far in 10 years). Only other real failure was a fuel pump at 100K. Everything else is still original on it!

I bought our 1998 Taurus SE wagon in Maryland when it was about 2 years old and had about 50,000 miles on it. (It was a salesman's car.) It now has 180,000 miles on it. It runs great and looks good. It has been very dependable and economical. I did brake work (which is to be expected) and some minor repairs, but had no engine, transmission, A/C, or radiator problems. Eight years ago it made six (1,000-miles each way) round trips loaded to the roof rack and pulling a heavy trailor to move us to Florida and got about 27 mpg in the process. This puppy saved us a bundle.

i just purchased a ford taurus stationwagon its an older model, i like it alot i needed a car at the time becavse i live far from town i just moved here from the state of Utah, where i took care of my 85 year old mother,the problem i am having is, there is a sound coming from the front, someone said its a wheel bearing,is it possible that someone could tell me how much i would be paying the ford motor company , to get this fixed.(raytorres@yahoo.com )

I have a 1998 Ford Taurus with 141,000 on it and last week i was driving and had to slam on my brakes then shortly afterwards a red brake light had come one the dash the light has a exclamation point and a P. I was driving it last night and now i have to put my foot all the way to the floor for the car to stop. the brakes are about a yr old and i barley drive the car as to its not in the best shape i was hoping maybe someone can tell me if they think they know what could be wrong. I cant find the brake fluid reservoir either to maybe see if i may need brake fluid. Please help me someone...

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