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  2. Kodachrome Wolf

    Ford Taurus Alternator Not Working: Repair or Replace?

    Typically when the bearings are shot, it's just worth tossing a new/remanned unit in it's place. If you can find a rebuilder, that's always nice, but I've not ever considered trying to rebuild one since the availability and convenience of just swapping them just makes it simpler. However if you're feeling froggy and you have the bearing numbers, the case should be fairly straightforwards to separate. Now if the bearing are so shot and the cooling fins have been just banging about the case, there may be internal damage.
  3. I had a 01 Ford Taurus with 3.0L engine,the alternator is not working properly now.The fins inside the alternator are hitting the housing.I had autozone test it the bearings are bad or there is something loose inside.They said this alternator can be repaired and at cost of $30.I think the repairing cost is quite a bit.Because I only spent $75 on this alternator which was bought on two years ago at Hexautoparts.com. If alternators can be repaired reliably at a fraction of the cost then I would tend towards handing the car over to autozone.If not,I perfer to buy a new alternator replacement from Hexautoparts again. Please advice.
  4. TaurusKev

    State of the Forum 2019

    zenriddles, how would we attract them? I haven't the slightest clue!!! Jeff, I agree, and yeah, I think it was more of a soft transition. The forum had so many issues, I volunteered to fix them (Registration problem for example) so Sean said I should be the new president. I do like that our community isn't a harsh community. I have been on other sites that get harsh when a member "leaves" the community by buying a different car. I've always been under the impression - If you take care of your car, and you take pride in it, I can respect it for what it is. SoNic - That's exactly the thing I am afraid of is the forum is a dying medium. Sites like FaceBook do make it easy... People subscribe to things they "like" but finding information is so hard on there. I know TSOC has a FaceBook page, but I have no idea how to run the thing lol. While I love the Taurus/Sable Wagons, they are generally rotted out here, or will rot out here due to design from the salt in IL. Makes servicing them a pain, and I am getting to the stage in life where I don't want repairs to take forever. With our community being accepting of other make/models, that's why I figured a general car club could maybe bring others back, or invite new people over. The other reason people generally joined car forums was for repairs, however, youtube has a wide variety of videos that people may just go to the Youtube page for help. Again, another example of social media replacing the days of the tired forums.
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  6. SoNic

    Fog light housing?

    And $90 later...
  7. SoNic

    State of the Forum 2019

    I see a lot of forums going trough this. Younger people are not so much technically inclined to work on cars, they rather pay someone. Also, they are not using forums, their brains are damaged by instant gratification offered by "social media" - Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat... PS: My wagon Sable keeps on driving daily, very little maintenance needed - this year one steering pressure switch leaking, one fog light broken by a pebble... but temptation is great to get something newer. I would never buy a Honda or Toyota, but that's just me
  8. Thanks for your reply, TaurusKev. I've decided to go with the cheaper local shop. Fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it goes.
  9. Dash going back in. Slow process since I only really have time during the weekend to mess with this car. Still need to pull the console out and get it done, and also pull the seats and carpet and take the door panels back off and get those done. I also need to power wash the carpet. The seats need some professional repair prior to recoloring them. I'll be having those sections repaired using vinyl(I suspect these seats may not be real leather anyway). Then I can recolor them and the interior should be done. Mechanically, other than an oil leak and tired suspension, this car is in wonderful shape. I have most all of the suspension parts waiting to go in. I got a killer deal on some Gabriel Guardian struts for $9.00 each on RockAuto. May not be the best, but the deal was way too good to pass up! Definitely better than the four blown struts it has now. More to come. Jeff
  10. Brian_05_SEL

    Free 2005 Vulcan/AX4N Powertrain on subframe

    Was right around 101,600 miles at removal from the 2005 Taurus.
  11. Jeff

    State of the Forum 2019

    I never knew you had inherited it! I love this place and what it used to be. More importantly, I love the friends it allowed me to make here. I tried getting involved with my states Mopar club, but it was nothing like what we had here and I just stopped going. I do miss how it used to be. I like the idea of transitioning to an all inclusive format and I'm also prepared to donate to help keep this place going. I hope to see the buzz return that seemed to vanish pretty suddenly a few years back. Im in on keeping it alive if that's the will of the people. You have my support!
  12. zenriddles

    State of the Forum 2019

    I'm happy with this forum. I check in most every day. The volume is very light, and I kind of expected that when I joined, but I like the crew here. We NEVER have petty fights over sh!t. If you need to pass the hat, say so, I'm in for a few bucks to keep the lights on. Opening to other enthusiasts? How do we attract them? I guess I am cool with that.
  13. Hi TSOC Members! Since I have inherited this forum from Sean, I have fixed the registration issue, and that was basically it. I am sorry. A lot of us Taurus and Sable owners have seemed to move on to other make and models. (Devin - Dodge, Sean - Honda, Me - Pontiac/Toyota, Buick) However, that being said, this forum also has shown a decline in population. I am not sure what to do. This forum has always been (Or should be...) an ad-free environment. Donations welcome to keep the lights running. I haven't checked to see how we look for finances either because it looks weird, so I need to work with Sean on that. That being said... I would like the community's feedback on what we can do. I thought about what if we just turned this forum into a car enthusiast forum. I know there are plenty of those that exist, but hey, what's one more, right? There are knowledgeable people on the forums, and there is good content already on our forum. Perhaps welcoming everyone in, regardless of what they drive, just as long as they take pride in their ride, could bring life back? I've also heard from others, do nothing. The Taurus/Sable nameplate didn't seem to gain traction with the car's reboot, and people (like me) are preferring cars with liftgates, not trunks. Many Taurus/Sable owners are getting rid of their cars, which is either they wanted something better, or the car was in poor health due to rust, mechanical operation, or other reasons where the car wasn't worth keeping. These cars then end up sold cheap to others, or traded in and auctioned off to buy-here/pay-here lots who sell them to people who have no credit, only to wreck the cars from there. The Tauruses that people cared about are the SHO's, and there is a dedicated forum for SHO Owners. Not much love for Vulcan, Essex, or Duratec Powered Taurus/Sables, and little interest in the rebooted Taurus that was discontinued again. And with that being said, that'd mean letting the forum die off as the lights are based off community donations, not advertisements. If we don't get enough in donations, can't afford to pay for Hosting, Domain, and the Forum Software (Invision). I'd hate to see that happen as there are a lot of great people on the forum, but forums seem to be a thing of the past. People prefer FaceBook or Instagram. While useful, today's social media sites make it hard to find useful information with tons of ads everywhere. I'm inviting all members of the community to weigh in. If you have good ideas, I could use your help. I inherited the forum when I became a full time college student, and honestly, I suck when it comes to creativity. I am open to any ideas and creativity from our members. For those who have great ideas - Positions of Moderators available!
  14. Rust repair is a hard thing. The cheaper shop may be cutting out the bad rockers, and putting new ones in, and they may or may not have problems. I did this to my Thunderbird WITH paint repair of the whole body, it cost me around $5500. Best thing is to ask to see any completed vehicles they have, or see if there are reviews posted online for them. Some body shops may have it down to a science that they are cheap. Others may not, so not sure what the pricing difference would be.
  15. Photobucket did screw some stuff up sadly. I wrote this so long ago and I am trying to find the original pictures and writeup, but have been unsuccessful so far. If you are confused about a part let me know, and perhaps I can try to explain it!
  16. Hey all. Since I got rid of my 1995 Taurus Wagon due to the severe rust... I want stuff cleaned out. I have the Vulcan V6 and AX4N in my backyard (All sitting on the subframe). It is free for anyone who has a way to get it out of my backyard. However, it has been sitting forever, so condition is unknown. At first I could not rotate the engine, but now it rotates just fine. It had around 101k miles if I recall, it has been sitting in my backyard since 2016 I believe, under a tarp. Location is in Streamwood, Illinois.
  17. Tossed a TPS on the '87. Closed throttle was at .97v, but it wasn't reporting above 3.21v at WOT. Replacement unit installed was set to .90v closed, and it reports 4.25v at WOT. Seems to be doing better now under hard throttle. Seemed to start going lean pretty bad under heavy throttle since it was under reporting actual throttle input. I was getting a interesting smell from the converters when passing or climbing long grades at speed.
  18. SoNic

    Fog light housing?

    They're like $55-130! Oh, well...
  19. wendorms

    Fog light housing?

    Get 'em cheap on Amazon!
  20. SoNic

    Fog light housing?

    Does anyone know where I can get a cheap fog light housing for my 2001 Mercury Sable? It lost a fight with a pebble 😥
  21. Figured since I put a refreshed dash in my Regal that while everything is apart I should refresh everything. GM never offered this version in a wheel, I don't think, but I quite liked it and thought it would really look good. It was originally all a similar shade to the darker color I used. The steering wheel backing cover is also the lighter color that's shown on the wheel. These colors are listed as GM Light Neutral and GM Medium Dark Neutral. Both interior colors I had left over from when I refreshed my 04 Impala and since I had the material what better to use! I have something similar in mind for the console/cup holder/console lid. These colors are not the factory offerings that the car was born with, but are similar and make the car look younger than it is, IMO. More updates to come! Jeff
  22. My Buick is ready for it's dash transplant. The passenger airbag cover was cracked on the original dash and it's integral to the dash and cannot be replaced separately. I found a cream puff 2005 Century that donated it's dash to the project. If that car had been console shift then I'd have taken the whole interior to swap. I had to redye the dash pad because the donor dash was gray. It is now medium dark neutral like the original. It only took about an hour or so the strip this dash out of the car. I was surprised at how quick it went. New one goes in tomorrow. Then the whole interior needs a refresh. Jeff
  23. Nice write up! But I'm a bit confused as to what harness is what. Seems like Photobucket deleted your labels.
  24. Hello, I have a 2001 Mercury Sable LS sedan with badly rusted rocker panels. There is also some rust on the floor pans and quarter panels. I'm thinking of trying to repair it -- I realize the cost may be more than the value of the car, but I like the other features and may want to customize it, so I'm still considering the idea. I got two very different quotes from body shops for what is, as far as I can tell, the same job: repair/refabricate the rocker panels, repair the rust on the floor pan, recoat the new areas with Woolwax, and repair and re-paint the quarter panels. One shop quoted $1600 while another quoted $6300 for this work. My mechanic says the guy who quoted $1600 can't possibly do a good job for that price. But I'm not clear on what the differences could be between the cheap and expensive shops. Is there something more I need to specify in asking for quotes to make sure I get a good job? Another factor is that the cheaper shop is local, and inspected the car in the shop, while the more expensive one is 3 hours away and quoted the prices based on texted pics. Any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks, Rizal
  25. ryanmccann92

    EATC Mod Issues

    Hello, I recently performed the conversion from manual HVAC to eatc on my 2002 Ford Taurus and I was running into a couple issues. The first is the sunload sensor. I kept getting 051 and 053 codes with sensors that I pulled from the junkyard, so I purchased a new one online, but it didn't fix the problem. When I test the resistance across pins 1 and 5, I get a resistance value briefly followed by an overload reading. Also, when I test the voltage for the connector I get a reading of about 5.05 V which according to pinpoint test d3 means I have a bad rcc. Is that correct? The other issue I'm having is that the ac isn't working and the clutch isn't engaging, but if I have a bad rcc that might be fixed when I replace it. What do you think?
  26. My car just threw a service engine soon light so I got it read at autozone as a P1151 code and recommended PCV valve replacement. Upon popping the hood I find a linkage sitting on the engine. The only place I can see that it may go would be to a lever on the manifold which from what I can find is the manifold runner? I’ve never changed one before and not even sure if it’s the right name for it but I’m not sure if this could also be causing the car to throw the code. Any advice would help. I’ll attach photos below
  27. My Fox body convertible had a lock actuator and plastic speaker grilles on the doors that were broken, so I got those replaced today. The weather has been mild enough to go out and enjoy cruising in this car with the top down for most of the past week too.
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