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by Tomcat
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: charging system issue
Replies: 9
Views: 3234

Re: charging system issue

Not sure what the issue would be, but a couple thoughts: -Would a bad regulator show up on a bench-test? My thought is that on the bench, the system voltage is zero so the regulator is putting out full voltage. You may still need to replace the alternator if the regulator is bad. -You mentioned cabl...
by Tomcat
Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Bushing lubrication?
Replies: 5
Views: 1181

Re: Bushing lubrication?

Congrats on getting the five hundred. I'm not aware of any bushing to lubricate that would solve your problem. My guess would either be rear struts that need replacing (especially if they are original) or rear stabilizer links.
by Tomcat
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Just Sold My Five Hundred - overall ownership experience
Replies: 0
Views: 441

Just Sold My Five Hundred - overall ownership experience

Sold my 2006 Five Hundred Limited AWD at 113K and bought a RAM 1500 with 8 speed trans / pentastar 3.6L V6. Overall, I thought the five hundred was ok (no major problems, nothing really to brag about either). I knew it was underpowered when I bought it, but wanted the space and AWD in winter. But I ...
by Tomcat
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Oil life warning - deal or no deal?
Replies: 8
Views: 2471

Re: Oil life warning - deal or no deal?

Is there any way to disable to the 5K engine oil change reminder on a Five Hundred? I have my own system to just change when the odometer reaches an amount where the thousandths digit ends in a "0" or "5". If you do the math, it really works fine and without the annoyance of an reminder that needs t...
by Tomcat
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Remove shifter knob on 2007 Ford 500?
Replies: 6
Views: 3205

Re: Remove shifter knob on 2007 Ford 500?

Mine cracked a few years ago as well. I have no idea how that happened. Unfortunately, I think the replacement part is around $70.
by Tomcat
Fri May 31, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Cars idles at 20-mph after cleaning throttle body? HELP!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Cars idles at 20-mph after cleaning throttle body? HELP

I had the exact same problem after cleaning mine. All I did was make sure the PCV hose was secured to the intake (to correct any vacuum leak there). I also unplugged the battery for a few minutes and reconnected. Not sure which was the problem, but I'm good now.
by Tomcat
Wed May 01, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: 2008-2009 Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable (5th Generation)
Topic: KYB Struts
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: KYB Struts

Set of Front Bilsteins = $500 /pair... or am I reading that wrong?
by Tomcat
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: 2010-newer Taurus SHO
Topic: Clicking sound at front wheels when turning
Replies: 2
Views: 1486

Re: Clicking sound at front wheels when turning

My guess the clicking is coming from a bad strut mount.
by Tomcat
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Stop using the Volvo bushing : Dorman Offers a Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 5815

Re: Stop using the Volvo bushing : Dorman Offers a Replaceme

I installed the Dorman mount and heated the bracket with a torch. Heating does make it easier but you'll still need something to press it in. I used a spring compressor (with an air impact wrench) that I used to change struts and it went in.
by Tomcat
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

Actually, I wasn't able to hammer it in completely (maybe a quarter inch to go) and later tried using my coil spring compressors with an impact wrench. Went in with no problem and looks great.
by Tomcat
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

I tossed out my Volvo bushing for the Dorman mount tonight. Cutting out the old bushing was no problem. However, I don't have anything to use as a press so instead I heated the bracket with a torch and hammered the mount using the bushings that were provided (not that I'm endorsing this approach). A...
by Tomcat
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

Thanks for the info. Definitely will consider the Dorman bushing next time.
by Tomcat
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

Looks good. Was that installed on a 6-speed or CVT? The description I saw for that part number had "6-speed" in the description although I'm not sure is a difference.
by Tomcat
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Transmission Service
Replies: 17
Views: 2683

Re: Transmission Service

I'm thinking the service representative didn't realize it was a CVT when he quoted $169 and came up with the story about using a high mileage fluid. I'm not sure if $300 is that bad if it is for a CVT, but if you can still trust them.
by Tomcat
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:49 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Engine mount shot
Replies: 117
Views: 57039

Re: Engine mount shot

Isn't the bushing metal since he had to put it on a lathe to get the diameter reduced? Looks like metal chips from the photo posted kb9skw.
by Tomcat
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:59 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Engine mount shot
Replies: 117
Views: 57039

Re: Engine mount shot

Looks nice. I agree not having a lathe would be an issue. I'm just thinking to myself if someone could get it by heating the arm and / or freezing the bushing without doing any machining.
by Tomcat
Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Seems like it will stall in first 5 seconds, then fine
Replies: 7
Views: 1162

Re: Seems like it will stall in first 5 seconds, then fine

Have you ever had the throttle body cleaned? Mine was acting similar to yours and I took off the throttle body and sprayed it with cleaner.

I also did removed the mass airflow sensor and sprayed cleaner on it.
by Tomcat
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: 2008-2009 Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable (5th Generation)
Topic: KYB Struts
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: KYB Struts

I have KYB's on the front and I think they are great. It is a firmer strut than the original Motorcraft's so the handling is better but still has a good ride. If they made the self-leveling ones for the rear, I would buy them which is why I haven't been as motivated to replace the rear with Motorcra...
by Tomcat
Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

Does nobody have an interest in doing this fix correctly, and pressing the entire bushing and sleeve out of the bracket before installing a new bushing? Any solution other than replacing with the OEM is technically geri rigged. For what it does, I'm fine with the $13 solution of removing all the ru...
by Tomcat
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:20 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing
Replies: 64
Views: 7774

Re: New idea for the bad roll restrictor bushing

I just replaced mine a few weeks ago with a part I found on Amazon for $13. The diameter fits exactly when you remove all the rubber from the old one. It does seem a little louder, but not bothersome to me.

http://www.amazon.com/URO-9434263-Engin ... B0066RUGGE