Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles that have had a fuel tank replaced as part of Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 97-17-9. An 18-gallon tank was mistakenly installed instead of 16-gallon tank. The tank also has a second valve location where a shipping plug is installed, which could leak and possibly start a fire. Dealers will replace the tank with the correct unit.
1996 Ford Taurus Recalls
Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the transmission park mechanism. In some vehicles, the park pawl is not rotating as necessary to enter the park gear. This could cause the vehicle to roll out of control. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft for rotation. Shafts with restricted rotation will have a shorter shaft installed that will not restrict rotation.
Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus vehicles for an inspection of the fuel pressure regulator. Some fuel pressure regulators were damaged during manufacturing, causing a possible diaphragm rupture and fuel leak, which can lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel pressure regulator and replace suspect units.
Ford has recalled certain 1996-1997 Taurus, Windstar, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the park mechanism in the transmission. The park pawl mechanism may not engage even though the shifter indicates the vehicle is in "Park." This could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly and cause a crash or injury. Dealers will repair the parking pawl bracket in the transaxle.
Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Windstar, and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the park pawl mechanism in the transaxle. There is a roll pin that may not have gone through the park pawl shaft correctly. In some cases, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park," which may cause it to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft roll pin, and if it's found to be damaged, they will replace it and the park pawl shaft.
Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for a possible defective brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch. If malfunctioning, the vehicle cannot be operated under proper code requirements. This could result in loss of braking if the switch is ignored and fluid is locked. Dealers will replace the brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch.