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Everything posted by ReluctantFordOwner

  1. Yeah, I don't work on cars....and getting a wrench under the windshield for the bolts on the dash looks like a nearly impossible nightmare. The more I'm reading about these cars I'm really not understand why they were/are so popular. The gas mileage in particular has me stumped. Why would anyone want a mid sized sedan with gas mileage worse than or comparable to most minivans? What am I missing?
  2. Also just noticed the knock seems to pop in and back out....it pops once when turning the wheel in to the turn, and then again when I'm straightening it back out. Hopefully that will be helpful in diagnosing this sound.
  3. Thanks for such a detailed response! Some good news: Took the cars for a once over today by a mechanic and they were able to get the hood open by disconnecting the cable from the latch, and then pulling the cable while having a second person lift up on the hood. Tried it at home and my son and I can open it this way. I wonder if a new cable would fix this issue or if it's something else? The noise when I turn the steering wheel very far is just a one time pop. The mechanic thinks it's the front struts, which I was surprised to hear since I thought it would be a tie rod and had no id
  4. I just bought a 2003 Ford Taurus SE with 71,000 miles. I've really never been a Ford fan (mom's Escort rusted through so bad you could put your feet on the road when the car was only 12 years old). I bought this car because I was really in a pinch after my Camry blew a head gasket. The car runs and drives very smoothly however it is definitely making some noises and having some issues that need addressed. I'm looking for advice about what could be causing the following things and/or how to repair them in a cheap and efficient way: A kind of popping/clunking sound when the steer
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