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  2. Did spark plug job on my mother's MKZ. 85K miles and the platinum plugs were toast. Gap was consistently between .070" to .080" on the plugs I pulled. Factory spec is .052". Was running pretty decent on the old plugs, but gas mileage was dropping off, something like 16 city. Can't say I'm quite crazy about having to pull the upper plenum off to do plugs, but this car isn't the worst. Anyway, decided to try a totally different spark plug: NGK Ruthenium HX series plugs. Good quality construction as I expect with NGK, and it should be interesting to see how well they work long term. Can't find much information out there on them as far as real world use goes, but their fairly new (within the last few years) and I doubt there's been a ton of adopters.
  3. Not my vehicle, but someone else’s car: Had a customer come in with an ‘08 Expedition 5.4 with a CEL and stated it was chuffing while running. I suspected spark plug ejection, but this one was pretty gnarly. Completely jacked the threads in the head, ground strap was gone along with the internals, and the upper porcelain was all broke up. Surprisingly it didn’t break the coil, but that would be the least thing to be concerned about. The hole in the head was badly wallered out a replacement plug wouldn’t catch anything. Thankfully they caught a ride home versus attempting to make it another 25 minutes up the road with a 10 mile jaunt down the interstate.
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  5. Mighty Moose

    Front Seat Leather Taurus Gen 5

    Thanks TaurusKev -Ill look there.
  6. TaurusKev

    Front Seat Leather Taurus Gen 5

    Sadly I don't think many of the Gen 5's are being parted out on forums. I'd suggest checking places like car-part.com to find a salvage yard close by to see if they have a good interior to harvest from.
  7. I drove the Town Car yesterday. And on Thursday of last week.
  8. Swapped the Mustang coupe from summer to winter shoes.
  9. Mighty Moose

    Front Seat Leather Taurus Gen 5

    Looking for covers - or replacements - for front leather seats of my 2009 Taurus Limited. Parchment interior color. Original has patch failed in center back panel - along the little perforation holes. Love my Bull. No plans to change it. Willing to invest in good quality - anyone with experience of reliable source - or service? Thanks.
  10. Silver02

    Misfire

    Okay we will check all those things. Thanks for the advice, I love this car and want to keep it for a long time!
  11. Kodachrome Wolf

    Misfire

    Misfire on cylinder 3, shame it has to be a cylinder on the back of the darn engine. I know you said you recently replaced all the ignition components. What brand parts did you use? I've seen some aftermarket stuff not be properly up to snuff compared to the original components. A good test to determine if your coil pack isn't defective out of the box is to take a spray bottle of water and lightly spritz the coil pack with the engine running. A healthy one shouldn't result in any change in how it runs. A bad one should aggravate the issue more. I'd also take the time to check that you are getting good spark on the number three wire. Assuming once you check over the ignition components, it might be worth checking for adequate fuel delivery. An injector not functioning properly could be an issue. Worst case is a mechanical problem, but I'd start with simpler stuff first.
  12. Silver02

    Misfire

    It is always P303.
  13. Kodachrome Wolf

    Misfire

    Typically the Vulcans got the bland branding with the 3.0 V6 on the valve cover, so it’s safe to say you have the OHV engine. Not a bad engine at all, as they’ll run forever, they’re just not terribly powerful. Weakest link really would be the transmission. Most folks around here will recommend adding a transmission cooler and change your fluid about every 30K miles for best lifespan. When the Check Engine light comes on, what codes are you reading? Is it explicitly misfire codes or is there other ones present?
  14. Silver02

    Misfire

    This branding is not visible anywhere in my car's engine compartment. The website won't let me upload a pic of the engine, but all it says on the top is "3.0L V6." No 24V anywhere. Did I buy a car with a bad engine? :(
  15. Kodachrome Wolf

    Misfire

    Is this the OHV or OHC engine? The OHV (Vulcan) differs considerably from the OHC (Duratec) engine. Typically Duratec cars have fender badges that say 24V and the engine will have Duratec branding on the cover.
  16. Silver02

    Misfire

    Hi! We recently purchased a used 2002 Ford Taurus wagon with the 3.0L V6 engine. It only has 64,000 miles despite being 16 years old, but shortly after we bought it it developed an engine misfire which persists to this day. We have changed the ignition coil, spark plugs and wires and also had the PCM module updated at a Ford dealership but the misfire keeps happening. I bought an ECM monitor and can reset the service engine light but this doesn't cure the base problem. The car starts rough but smooths out right away and seems to run fine afterwards. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
  17. Yeah, I'd recommend trying to find a salvage yard one. Sometimes having a They-Pull such as LKQ can hopefully ensure the compressor came from a car that was holding pressure. Lots of After-Cheezy parts that you'll just be replacing the compressor again, or finding a faulty compressor. Like Kodachrome Wolf stated, they're sometimes cheap for a reason... Unless you get lucky and someone has stock of genuine Motorcraft and just want them gone lol.
  18. Unless you're going to the junkyard and getting a used compressor, you're not likely going to find a decent one for under $90. Also, beware ultra-cheap parts. Often, you get exactly what you pay for.
  19. Hi,I am new here and looking for an a/c compressor for my 03 mercury sable with 3.0L engine, Does anyone sell a replacement ac compressor for my mercury sable under 90 dollars? If it's over $90,I prefer to order a mercury sable ac compressor replacement from Hexautoparts which has great price and free shipping. Thank you.
  20. Thanks to all who have looked or considered a solution. I was hesitant to point my finger at the GEM itself for two reasons: I felt it was unlikely to be the culprit since it exhibited only one symptom, and lastly, it's kind of a small booger to remove. While waiting on a response here, I took it out anyway and removed the PCB assembly from it's enclosure and there was some severe corrosion of the soldered joints and likely some shorts between circuit traces and solder joints. A good scrub with a toothbrush and shop air to remove lingering dust fixed it up. All is well now.
  21. Good day all. I have a 1999 Ford Taurus, 3.0 Vulcan. Recently, the GEM module has began to chime, but it is different than the usual door chime or key chime. I am unable to find any information about a different chime. The chime sounds all the time other than when the door is open or when the start chime is going through it's cycle. The door open chime overrides this problematic chime. Once the door is closed the problematic chime starts. Key off engine off, i hear the problem chime. key on engine off, i hear the problem chime. key on engine running i hear the problem chime. The only time the chime stops is when I disconnect the battery or the GEM module. The chime is different. The rapid chime with a higher pitch tone for the door has stayed the same. The new problem chime has a repetition of on off on once per second, never ceasing. I have pulled the ignition switch and the problem chime is still sounding. I've crawled under the dash and there are no obvious indicators for malfunction (no loose/broken wiring, no obvious corrosion, nothing that appears damaged physically, all fuses checked with DVOM with proper voltages observed under dash and under hood...) All the windows, door locks, dome light, headlights, power driver seat, radio, instrument cluster, hazard lights, .....everything I can manipulate, works and functions as I think it should minus the air conditioner, which I will describe below. The car belongs to my Dad, and he drives it daily. He asked me to look at the A/C after it quit cooling. The compressor failed and I have since replaced the compressor, cycle switch, pressure switch, orifice tube and accumulator. The car was parked over the summer until I could work on it (I'm generally booked a few months and have little time to do car repairs so I'm finally afforded the time to help Dad). Dad told me that the he noticed the chime a couple of weeks ago when he was doing just a start and run to keep the car run able. So, the car has basically sat in the garage for a month and then outside for about a month. Prior to the air conditioning failure the car has only had minor problems that I would consider routine wear and tear. The car has 100k miles, never wrecked other than a bump and a ding here and there. Any possible leads would be greatly appreciated. I have a list of all the components controlled/monitored by the GEM, but I do not have a schematic for all 3 connectors on the GEM. Still hunting and pecking as they say. I've looked for anything that I can check and have left a few thing out in my description of work performed, I'm sure, but I know that I'm overlooking something probably as well. Still totally baffled by the chime sound and frequency difference. It doesn't seem to indicate a coded frequency.
  22. Bull Geek

    96 taugus wagon. shift cable broken

    Nope. Same cable 🙂
  23. nhyrum

    96 taugus wagon. shift cable broken

    yes, ive got a column shifter. does me having the ax4n and 3.0 vulcan(OHV, not DOHC) matter? i prefer oe new parts. things got 210k on the clock, will likely go another 50-100k with me.
  24. Bull Geek

    96 taugus wagon. shift cable broken

    If the shifter is by the steering wheel, the part number is YF1Z-7E395-BA. It’s the same shifter from 1996-2000 models. Could get one used as well...
  25. hello. so, the other day my wife was driving her car. put it in reverse to back out of the spot, worked fine, went to put it in drive and nothing(still reverse i assume) put it in park, which it went into. couldnt get it into gear. calls me, i get there and see the linkage is connected to the shifter. put it in drive and pop the hood. manually switched the trans and about ran myself over! used shifter to out it back in park. so, my findings seem to point to a broken cable. im having trouble finding a correct part number. i found one on amazon that is yf1z-7e395-ba. 104 bucks. went to the ford dealer(could have it in the same time as amazon) for 140. how an i fond the correct number(none of the parts stores had the part even in the system
  26. Yep. That was it. 10 amp abs and 5 amp radio, blown. Man I'm thankful for fuses...
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