2011 Ford Taurus Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2011 Ford Taurus

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2011 Ford Taurus Problems

Automatic headlights not working

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. 

Coolant Loss, Engine Overheating, White Smoke From Exhaust

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.

A/C Fan Speed Changing Constantly

The 2008-2016 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO with automatic climate control may have a problem with frequent fan speed changes when using the heater or air conditioner. Normally, the fan speed changes only to maintain a selected temperature, but when the fan speed changes frequently and needlessly, there is an issue with the fan speed control unit. 

The fan speed control unit, sometimes erroneously called the blower motor resister, regulates the speed for the blower motor in order to maintain the temperature set by the driver. When it fails, the fan will run at random settings, and the climate control will be inaccurate.

Note: this does not affect the temperature of the air that comes from the vents, it affects the amount of air that comes from the vents. 

The repair is simple, and quick. The control unit is located behind the glove box in most models, and removal and installation takes only minutes.

Also note: this only applies to vehicles with single or dual automatic climate control.

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2011 Ford Taurus Questions

noise from left front motor compartment when taking off when car is cold (2 answers)

when it warms up sometimes 20 min down the road its quite again,and its only when taking off like a rumble sound

My heaters on high & can't be turned off and the radio won't come on. (1 answer)

I started my car (after buying a new battery last week that was larger than the factory one I had) and suddenly my heater is on high and cannot be adjusted or turned off & my radio won't turn on?
It took the mechanic 4 hrs to find it's a sensor in the middle panel (and now can't ...

Bought the car used in November. Weather getting warmer and stared using the a/c. I have noticed that the compressor seems to cycle and even sometimes blows out warm air then goes back to cool. Is this normal on newer cars? (1 answer)

Is it normal for the a/c compressor to cycle on newer vehicles? Compressor on 2011 Ford Taurus cycles on and off. Occasionally blows out warm air then goes back to cool.

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2011 Ford Taurus Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Does Not Inflate Properly

The second stage of air bag deployment may not deploy, resulting in the increased risk of occupant injury. Dealers will inspect and replace the driver's front air bag module as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Failure Of Electric Power Steering Assist

The steering motor sensor may fail, resulting in loss of power steering assist from the electric power steering system. Dealers will check the power steering control module (PSCM) for any trouble codes and replace the steering gear for vehicles that have codes relevant to the concern stored. If no codes are found, dealers will update the PSCM software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Interior Door Handle

These vehicles have been recalled because their interior door handles may fail to return to their stowed position after use. In the event of a side impact, the door may unlatch, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect all four interior door handles and either repair or replace them free of charge.

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2011 Ford Taurus Reviews

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My odometer is routinely overstating miles driven by ~14%. That's a pretty big deal. If you drive 12,000 miles per year, that means 6,800 ficticious miles on the odometer in 5 years. I've convinced the dealer service manager this is valid by showing him tests against both GPS results and odometer readings against mile markers. Anyone having a similar problem. Maybe you all should look at thi...

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