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Engine dies while driving.

(2002 Ford Taurus)
in Byron, CA on May 09, 2011
Car dies while driving. All power goes out. However, radio & lights work. Car just stops. This has happened while on a freeway. Very dangerous. I've taken it to 3 mechanics. First time, it was towed..cost to fix $600.00. They said it was the sensors. 2nd time it died, a different mechanic said it was the fuel pump, new one: $700.00. A month later, I had a 100,000 mile tune-up, cost: $600.00. They said I now would have a car like new! Last week, it died again while on a busy highway in Northern California. While waiting for AAA, after 10 minutes, I re-started it..it started. I was able to drive it back to the mechanic that put in the new fuel pump. He has had it for the last 3 days, drove it around and it did not die. If he can't find a cause, I will have to drive it home (very scary.) Should I take it to a Ford dealership? Have you heard of the problem. I am a woman and afraid I might be getting ripped off by these mechanics as the car still dies at any time. Thank you for any response you may send me.

Barbara Hawthorne
Discovery Bay, CA
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on January 19, 2014
Hello, Barbara

My name is Willian R. Moore. I have a red Ford Taurus 2002 SES and my check engine light has been on for some time now. I just lived with it until I needed to get my registration. Now I am dealing with the problems. My car is now cutting off when I come to a stop or won't start after driving some.

I have changed myself the ERG valve and got a complete tune up along with to two front O2 sensor. The problems remained. Now I am about to install the rear O2 sensors.

My question is did you ever resolve the problem with your car because I am having the same symtoms?
on May 09, 2011
What sensors did they replace? When the fuel pump was replaced did they replace the fuel pump relay and filter? Always a good idea to replace pump, filter and relay together. Were there any codes stored in the computer after the event happened? Has the vehicle's computer ever been replaced?
on May 09, 2011
Thank you for those questions. I do know the answers. I will look at all the ppwk and ask the mechanic who now has the car re: the fuel pump. Thank you, again, for your response. I'm at my wit's end! Is replacing the computer a very costly procedure? Do you think Heat has anything to do with it dying? The last time it died, it was 90 up here in Brentwood.
on May 09, 2011
The computers aren't that expensive and easy to get at. Heat shouldn't be a factor either. We'll figure it out...
on May 09, 2011
My, you are so nice to answer. Thanks. I see your shop is in Dublin. Perhaps when I pick my car up, I can make an appt w/you. Or, I go to Bill Brant's Ford in Brentwood. I'm in a dither.
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on May 10, 2011
2002 Ford Taurus. Thank you
on February 12, 2016
Hi Barbara, I have the same problem with my 2003 Taurus. Did you finally get the problem solved?
Regards,
Cheryl
on June 26, 2017
I don't have an answer, but I have a 2002 Taurus 3L DOHC and it has been having similar problems for many years, almost always in hot weather, last time driving 70 mph to Vegas from LA, over 100F outside, barely able to get to shoulder, very dangerous. Car started after 10 minutes and got us to Vegas. Took it to mechanic and he would not even look at it, suspected fuel pump, drove home, car ran great as it usually does. I have taken it to dealers and mechanics, trouble is, it never does it when the mechanic has it, in fact it rarely happens. Makes it risky to take on trips, otherwise, great car, bought it new. If anyone figures this out, please post.

Mike
Redondo Beach Ca
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