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Everything posted by Tims02SableDOHC

  1. I just got a 2003 Taurus SE wagon. The heat is warm at first, but cools off quickly. I had the coolant flushed & a new thermostat put in. It seems better, & will heat up again after turning the fan off. I think the heater core is ok, but the blend part of the vents is messing up the air temp. What happened with yours?
  2. My 2002 Sable wagon is such a great car, and my wife likes it so much, I went and got a 2003 Taurus wagon.  The Sable has the 3.0 DOHC.  It's got fog lights, a floor shifter, the 6 CD changer (which doesn't work), leather upholstery, auto temp, & the electric mirror.  The Taurus has the 3.0 Vulcan OHV. I actually prefer its flip style mirror with no wiring.  Then I can dim bright lights from other cars on demand.  

    So I'm changing spark plugs in the Taurus.  They look burnt to almost nothing & are probably too hot from charts.  Advanced Auto gave me plugs for the 3.0 DOHC.  Gotta get them switched.  This car gets 17 mpg.  The Sable averaged about 28 mpg on a 1600 mile trip I took a month ago. 

    So I'll be looking for ways to improve gas mileage with the Vulcan.  ERG?  I'm checking into that next. 

  3. I had my 91 Taurus alternator rebuilt by a local repair shop years ago. They made it better than the refurbished auto parts store, didn't have a core charge, and were very reasonable on price. If you have a place that rewinds electric motors & alternators, that may be your best course. It was for me.
  4. I picked up a 2003 Taurus wagon, but the power antenna only works part way. I can make it go up & down the rest with help by hand. I think the mast is stopping at the 2nd smallest diameter section. Below that it won't grab. Any tips about whether it's more likely gears or mast that need replacing? Thanks! Tim.
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