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  1. Leftover from our 2001 SE. Includes owner's manual, warranty book, and various other publications. All nice condition in original black zipper pouch. $15.00 postpaid in lower 48 states. Photo on request. Located in Freehold, NJ. Thanks for looking! Harold
  2. As others have mentioned, totalled cars are kept out of the public's hands by insurance companies and regulations. Maybe you should talk to a salvage yard in your area and they can alert you when a car you're interested-in arrives. They'd be in a positin to sell parts to you, but likely not at bargain-basement prices. I wonder how many totalled flood cars will be loaded onto ships and find continued life (and clean paperwork) on another continent.
  3. This is a pair of '96-7 sedan taillights including the wiring harness pigtails and sockets. Good used conditon. $10 + shipping for the pair. PayPal or USPS money order are okay. Write with any questions. Harold
  4. I've got a pair of used '96-7 sedan taillights that would look a whole lot better on your car than on my shelf. They include the socket harnesses and bulbs. I'd call them average wear with some light scratches but nothing major. $10.00 for the pair + shipping (figured at 4 pounds) from Marlboro, NJ 07746 with PayPal or USPS Money Order. You can pick them up locally if you live near here. Harold
  5. We're getting close to blast-off and most of what I wanted to do is completed. I had the two rear tires replaced yesterday and kept the old ones because they still have usable tread. When I got home, I was surprised to see that the rubber was age-cracked between the treads. I bought these tires in 2007 and wasn't happy to see the cracking. I've got 40+ year-old tires on my old Plymouth and they're not bad at all. The tire companies must be going cheap on the materials they use. I also used the Rain-X headlight kit and was impressed with the way they cleaned-up.
  6. FWIW, I once 'fixed' stripped spark plug threads in a Cavlier by wrapping the plug with aluminum foil. Was going strong for over a year and then we sold the car.
  7. I replaced the cabin air filter Sunday with a Purolator that I got at Pep Boys. The one I took out has got to be the dirtiest filter I ever changed on any vehicle. Just another tribute to good maintenance.....
  8. Rusty, I'm looking for the passenger's front door. Jasper Green was available from late 1997 to 2000. The tough part is finding a manual window door. Most of them had power windows.
  9. My son and I stopped at Harry's Pick-n-Pull in Allentown, PA today and continued our search for a door for our Jasper Green Lumina with manual windows. Lots of Luminas in every color of the rainbow, but none for us. Plenty of Tauruses and Sables, as usual. They had a little Jeep station wagon that came in yesterday from a dealer auction, completely cleaned and detailed, already in the yard being picked over. What a shame that it's at the end of its road.
  10. In my experience, factory service manuals are much better than any aftermarket books. The aftermarket manual might be a good thing to keep in your trunk for simple roadside emergencies and specifications.
  11. I have pair of used '96-7 Taurus taillights that I got with a bunch of other stuff. Includes wiring pigtails and sockets. No cracks but some surface scratches and tape residue. $15.00 plus postage for the pair (I'll figure it at 5 pounds from 07746) PayPal or USPS money order are fine. Write with any questions. Harold
  12. Good question. It isn't more than a couple of years old, IIRC. I'll put it on the list for my friend to change.
  13. It's funny you mention having her know where she is. Until a few years ago, if you turned her around twice she was lost. Since getting her license, her sense of direction has increased considerably. One good thing is that we've gone from our area to the Western New York region many times so she pretty much knows the route and landmarks.
  14. I keep basic fluids and jumper cables in all our cars so those will stay. She is a camp counselor now and will be home for about 10 days in August before going back to school. I'll schedule a learning session for her at that time. I made sure that both our kids learned something about using tools as they were growing up. The lack of this knowledge among teenagers (and a lot of adults) really scares me. Good point about AAA....we'll add her to our policy.
  15. The car has about 164,000 miles and runs really well. I've maintained it regularly and do the easy repairs myself. My friend is a tech who does side work and I bring the more complicated stuff to him. The latest repair was for a stuck thermostat about a month ago. I don't know whether he topped off the coolant or replaced it completely. The pan gasket was replaced several years ago with the new style, and I've had a few replacement (aftermarket) sway-bar end links. There is an occasional groan from the front that my friend says is a tie rod end, so he'll do that in a couple of weeks when I bring the car to him. The cooling system has its original radiator and heater core so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. In fact, most components except the brake pads/rotors/shoes are original. I don't want to throw big bucks into replacing parts that are still working well 'just in case'. I added a few more items to the 'to do' list since my first post: Use silicone spray on the window channels Check and replace wiper blades if needed Make a copy of the fuse chart and put it with spare fuses and bulbs in the glove compartment Put together a basic tool kit (I have enough tools to stock a hardware store....) Any other suggestions welcome.
  16. Our daughter goes to college in Western New York, 350 miles from here, and will be taking the Taurus with her at the end of August. I want to prepare the car to minimize the possibility of repair issues. So far, I'm planning to change the battery (the present one is 4 years old and doing fine, but it gets cold up there in the winter), have a couple of new tires installed, replace the cabin filter (way overdue), and lube all the locks and hinges. Are there any other things I should put on my 'to do' list for the car?
  17. In today's economy, you can get more than $200. at a junkyard, so lots of people trawl Craigslist looking for cheapies that they can bring to the scrapper for a profit.
  18. A few years ago, my Taurus started making a noise that sounded a lot like an engine bearing. I used a mechanic's stethoscope (the kind with a long thin rod that you touch to the surface you want to listen to) and found it was the AC clutch bearing. I have a freind who works at a dealer and does side work, and he changed it out without dropping the subframe. I don't know the details of how he did it, but after changing the part the the noise went away.
  19. After much too long, I remembered that my Taurus has a cabin air filter. What brands are good, and which should I avoid? Thanks for your thoughts. Harold
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  21. You're on the right track. I've had the same issue for the past few years in my '01 SE. One can of R134a every year or so brings the AC back up to par. If the AC drops off after a week or two, you probably have a larger leak that should be properly repaired.
  22. It turned out to be a stuck thermostat. Had it replaced and all is well.
  23. durasel, I'm amazed that the factory trunk mounted changer had that whole carrying case built around it. I've never seen one, except for the car that I got the bracket from in the junk yard. I see now that whatever plastic that was in the trunk liner was incomplete. Thanks for posting the photos.
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