2003 Ford Taurus Repair and Maintenance
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2003 Ford Taurus ProblemsEngine Buck/Misfire at Freeway Speeds
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.
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.
Multiple owners have reported instances of the automatic headlights not functioning properly. Possible causes are failure of the sunload sensor, the light switch, or the Smart Junction Box (SJB). Professional electrical diagnosis is recommended before replacement of any parts.
2003 Ford Taurus QuestionsThe transmission won t engage . no matter what gear I put it in I get netural (2 answers)
the transmission won t engage. no matter what gear u put in, its like being in neutral except for park. I was driving on the freeway and it came out of gear and never went into gear.
I brought another start for my car still want start.. Don't hear anything when I turn the key dashboard lights and window are out.. Engine won't crank or start..
I've replaced pcm, ignition switch, lock cylinder, relays, power and ground wire, tested starter and battery. Jumped starter at relay and it turned. Checked fuses and mega fuse. Good continuity on all accessible wires. With key off and out 3 warning lights have a low glow. Theft light flashes...
2003 Ford Taurus RecallsFord Recalls 2000-2004 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles for Brake Light Switch Issue
Ford has recalled certain 2000-2004 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for possible malfunctioning of the brake light switch, which may cause brake lights to stick on, or not come on at all. Also, the driver may not be able to shift out of "Park" and the battery could discharge. Dealers will replace the brake light switch and the wiring connector mounted to it.
Ford has recalled certain 2003 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles because the air filter material could smolder and burn, which could lead to an underhood fire. Dealers will replace the air filter.
Ford has recalled certain 2002-2003 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles because their windshields do not comply with safety standards. Due to improper mounting, the windshield may exhibit increased wind noise, water leakage, squeaks, and rattles and could experience a loss of retention, which would reduce occupant protection in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the windshield.