2003 Ford Taurus Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Ford Taurus

2003 Ford Taurus Problems

Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

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 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.

Camshaft Sensor Magnet may Damage Synchronizers

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.

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2003 Ford Taurus Questions

Electrical issue that has now become a permanent issue in my 2003 Taurus SES. (1 answer)

A few weeks ago the left turn signal start blinking more rapidly than usual. Visual inspection revealed what appear to be a faulty front bulb. However, the next day it was working again. Then I noticed the driver’s door lock was lagging behind the others. Now, it’s stopped working completely and ...

my cooling fan stays running when I shut it off and stops when I pull the fuse (1 answer)

Exhaust or valve could be stuck. An a serpentine belt is needed . when I turn the heat on smell like anifreeze or somthing burning. has 143.000 no engine light passed echeck. Is it my exhaust or heater core leaking antifreeze? (1 answer)

Anyone know cheap repair for this problem an *tune up
*serpentine belt fix

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2003 Ford Taurus Recalls

Ford 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 Recalls 2003 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles for Air Filter Flammability Issue

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 Recalls 2002-2003 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles for Windshield Compliance

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.

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2003 Ford Taurus Reviews

I have put 100k miles on this car in just over 5 years. The only concern I have had is that the transmission fell out at 96k. Otherwise, it's been a very comfortable car to drive with no major concerns. The a/c continues to blow extremely cold, even in Texas!
Have had great luck with my 2003 Taurus SES ohv 6 cylinder. Have had very few problems, except car at apx. 60,000 miles started sputtering when hot and at red lights, felt like bad gas or a misfire problem. For two years I had it tested for every thing one could be tested for for. Replaced plugs the s p wires, several sensors, ford up dated the computer, complete waste of time. Finally a diag...
I had a 2003 DOHC. Had to give it up at 196,000 miles. Wish I would have kept it. I'm looking for another one with low miles. First time I hated to give up a car. LOVED it. The DOHC has 200 horses. Very nice smooth and stable at speeds I cannot mention here. Never had a major problem. Had the orignial engine and trans at 196,000 miles. The dealer was amazed at the milage and shape the...

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