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by Tomcat
Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Power Steering Fluid Flush, A Quick Primer
Replies: 16
Views: 21817

Re: Power Steering Fluid Flush, A Quick Primer

My steering pump started making the groaning noise a few weeks ago. Last night, I flushed the fluid as described by kb9skw which worked well. Not sure what burnt fluid smells like, but stuff definetely smelled up the garage. Noise from the pump seems to be gone for now. Btw - I think this forum is p...
by Tomcat
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: CVT fluid change procedure -30K miles
Replies: 8
Views: 12033

Re: CVT fluid change procedure -30K miles

Does anyone know why the CVT fluid gets dark? I changed mine at 60k and it was as black as used engine oil. It makes sense that engine oil gets dark from the carbon from of combustion.

I'm approaching 90K and trying to decide when I want to do my next oil and/ or filter change.
by Tomcat
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Michelin MXV4 Primacy or Goodyear Comfort Tread Touring
Replies: 14
Views: 2664

Re: Michelin MXV4 Primacy or Goodyear Comfort Tread Touring

Have about 35,000 on the MXV's and still holding up well. There is plenty of tread, no cupping and I have only rotated them once. Definitely quieter than the Pirelli's. I have the 60 series sidewall because it was about $100 cheaper per set than the stock 55's. There is no noticeable difference with...
by Tomcat
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Bye
Replies: 17
Views: 1470

Re: Bye

As much as I hate to say it, you'll love the Lexus. Still wish I had my LS 400 back.
by Tomcat
Sat May 21, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: 2000-2007 Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable (4th Generation)
Topic: Freestyle Investigation
Replies: 2
Views: 221

Re: Freestyle Investigation

Same issue with my 06 Five Hundred. Started do it around 60k miles.
by Tomcat
Wed May 11, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Will Taurus Limited FWD handle Michigan weather?
Replies: 16
Views: 5505

Re: Will Taurus Limited FWD handle Michigan weather?

I personally don't like FWD on large cars but there are a lot of advantages over RWD. Besides costs, and easier to assemble, gas mileage is also better with a FWD compared to RWD because of the energy loss of turning a long drive shaft as well as friction in the differential. I have AWD, but FWD wil...
by Tomcat
Mon May 09, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Engine mount shot
Replies: 117
Views: 63349

Re: Engine mount shot

Can you notice when these go bad while driving (clunking noise or something)? I noticed mine is cracking but not sure it's at the point where it needs to be replaced.
by Tomcat
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Possible Transmission Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: Possible Transmission Problem

It seems odd that the warning lights for the trac control, engine, and transmission have come out. My guess would be due to a voltage issue from a bad alternator/regulator or short (or other draw) somewhere affecting voltage. Are there any add-on accessories tapped into the fuse box (for example, ra...
by Tomcat
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Rear brake tool
Replies: 13
Views: 6320

Re: Rear brake tool

C clamp works great for fronts but for rears, I would use the tool in order to rotate piston as you compress. Also, why do people open the bleeder valve? I've always left the bleeder alone and simply pushed fluid back into the master cylinder with no problems.
by Tomcat
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Rear brake tool
Replies: 13
Views: 6320

Re: Rear brake tool

Bought mine on Amazon. About $40 and works great.
by Tomcat
Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: How to use jack stands on my Ford Five Hundred
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: How to use jack stands on my Ford Five Hundred

I Lifted both sides up to make sure there was no tension. Came out (and in) with no problems. Easy job.
by Tomcat
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Radar Mount
Replies: 14
Views: 2218

Re: Radar Mount

I know there are differing opinions about this, but I like to keep it low (center and just above the windshield wiper) since cops using LIDAR aim at the headlights and keeping it low increases the chance of getting a warning.
by Tomcat
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: PTU needs replacing on 2006 Ford Five Hundred
Replies: 11
Views: 3107

Re: PTU needs replacing on 2006 Ford Five Hundred

Sorry to hear about that. I know there are a lot noise issues related to the cvts including humming. How loud is it (did it start out quiet and get louder over time)? I notice mine making a slight humming noise when on the gas at highway speeds.
by Tomcat
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How Much Snow Can This Thing Go Through
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

How Much Snow Can This Thing Go Through

Weather forecast is calling up to 16" of snow Wednesday. Just wondering what the limit is with a AWD Five Hundred and if anyone has gotten one stuck. This car is great in snow (especially with Michelin Primacy tires) but considering its ground clearance, I'm thinking about driving my Durango that day.
by Tomcat
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: CVT longevity??
Replies: 22
Views: 2209

Re: CVT longevity??

I think a lot of service managers get the CVT mixed up with the 6-speed because I've gotten different stories as well. My understanding is that the average life of the CVT is 150,000 miles. I changed the fluid myself at 60,000 and the fluid looks like used motor oil and the filter was completely bla...
by Tomcat
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Yellow Wrench light?
Replies: 4
Views: 1900

Re: Yellow Wrench light?

I saw this post a while ago and had no idea, but I the "bucking" sounds a lot like torque converter shuddering (as opposed to the chain / pulley assembly inside the tranny). Mine occasionally shudders around 30mph which is apparently normal. If I had to guess, I'd say speed sensor is bad.
by Tomcat
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: new car break in period
Replies: 12
Views: 2372

Re: new car break in period

2,000 is enough. Let it rip.
by Tomcat
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Funny offer
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Funny offer

I think Webmaster works for FordDirect which is a joint venture between Ford Motors and Dealer Association. Dealers pay a fee (a few cents) to FordDirect for leads they receive through the Ford website. I always assumed the internet price was essentially the MSRP and unless it is a really hot vehicl...
by Tomcat
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Deysha from Ford Customer Service
Replies: 29
Views: 3899

Re: Deysha from Ford Customer Service

Not sure if there's already a post about this but out of the 17 digits: Position 1-3: Manufacturer Identifier Position 4: Brakes Type and GVWR (Trucks and Vans only) Position 5-7: Line, Series, Body Type Position 8: Engine Type Position 9: Check Digit (ignore) Position 10: Model Year Position 11: As...
by Tomcat
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: 2010-newer Ford Taurus (6th Generation)
Topic: Deysha from Ford Customer Service
Replies: 29
Views: 3899

Re: Deysha from Ford Customer Service

What's the risk again? If we were all supposed to keep VINs a secret, I don't think they would be installing them on the dashboard where everyone can walk by and see it. The 800 number appears to be owned by Ford so I think it can be trusted. Although I probably wouldn't give out SS number, credit/d...