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Offline goodfellow

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1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
This is the MIL's car. She's in her 80's and the car only has 64K miles on it. She's been having some hard starting issues and has a loud whining noise in the engine compartment. She should get rid of it, but she's so used to driving this car that learning the systems on a modern model is out of the question.

The shop that used to service the car went out of business, so she took it to a new place and they quoted a new power steering pump, water pump, drive belt, plus/wires, distributer cap/rotor --- $2300 -- Ouch!!! Sometimes these shops see an older woman and just pile it on.

No biggie -- I enjoyed the nostalgia of working on a car that was half metric and half SAE. These engines were darn good and parts are cheap. I never really got into Fords, but in my younger years many of my female friends and family members seemed to gravitate to this model. Needless to say I worked on a lot of Taurus' in the 1990's.

Get the coolant and washer tanks and the alternator out of the way, then there's room to spare. It's amazing how much real estate there is compared to today's cars.





Amazing how simple these things were -- even for a FWD V6.



Water pump is toast -- the impeller ate into the front housing (and made a LOT of noise)



look at that groove that was ground out.





Mating surfaces looked bad and they took a lot of work to get cleaned up.



Here's an interesting point; many of the waterpump bolts go directly into the waterjacket. Hence they need to be gooped up with some thread sealer or gasket cement to keep them from leaking coolant.



New Ford waterpump installed (Hecho en Mexico  -- thanks a lot Ford!)



Lastly I replaced the old fashioned distributor cap, rotor, wires, plugs and serpentine belt.

Plugs look pretty good for having been in the car for 22 years.



Wires and cap were another story -- they were brittle and damaged, and the cap posts were badly corroded.







The power steering pump is OK -- no noise, no leaks, but it's tired. The steering wheel has the characteristic Taurus PS pulse when going around a turn. It's very slight right now and will probably last another few years given the way my MIL drives -- very slow and less than 5 miles per week.

All-in-all a very nostalgic day. I saved the MIL a few bucks, and came to the realization this will probably be the last 20th century Taurus I'll ever work on again.  beerdude







« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 11:25:17 AM by goodfellow »

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exists!
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 10:00:20 PM »
Ahhh....looks familiar. The son had a gen2 SHO with the Yamaha V6, and manual with bucket seats. It always gave folks the "huh"....a stick ?when they got in.

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 11:09:52 PM »
Good job Ray. I'm sure she appreciates it.  thumbsup2
I remember back in the late 80's and 90's thinking cars were getting too complex. Now when you work on them it amazes you
how much easier they are to work on compared to today's cars.
It frightens me to even imagine what they will be like a decade or two from now.
I probably won't be physically able to work on them anyway.
They'll probably be sealed so no one but a dealership can work on them.
I'm just a guy in a garage with some tools...

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 11:19:35 PM »
Gotta be some home baked goodies coming your way eh?
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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 11:41:35 PM »
Glad it didn't run over cost of the car,  the Ford is her freedom machine.   Isn't that no.2 plug on the back fun?   Almost as much fun as putting in new AC O-rings at the firewall. 

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 08:29:15 AM »
Ahhh....looks familiar. The son had a gen2 SHO with the Yamaha V6, and manual with bucket seats. It always gave folks the "huh"....a stick ?when they got in.

I loved those SHO cars, and they were quite the sleepers in their day. The Ford SVO guys put out some great performance stuff back in the day.

Gotta be some home baked goodies coming your way eh?

You bet -- and I bank some points with the Mrs! -- LOL

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 08:35:01 AM »
Good job Ray. I'm sure she appreciates it.  thumbsup2
I remember back in the late 80's and 90's thinking cars were getting too complex. Now when you work on them it amazes you
how much easier they are to work on compared to today's cars.
It frightens me to even imagine what they will be like a decade or two from now.
I probably won't be physically able to work on them anyway.
They'll probably be sealed so no one but a dealership can work on them.

I know what you mean Bruce. A friend of ours just bought a Mercedes, and a few weeks ago I got to drive it. Nice plush ride, but when I opened up the hood it just made my head spin. No way to do any DIY work on that thing. Brakes maybe --- but everything else would be a nightmare for the average home shop guy.

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 10:38:43 AM »
Will not be long before the engine must be removed to change the oil. Thinking future cars built will require a trip to the dealer to for service. 

The words are Proprietary property, that's the course. They had Proprietary property restrictions, fancy words for control, for a while. Then software or code writers, figure out different ways to get into the onboard computers and read errors. That only takes a computer dongle/access plug to develop, not much R&D hardware wise, just time.

However it becomes more complex and expensive mechanically. Reason is the tool or fixture required for access can become a rather expensive proposition for the after market to R&D and produce. Imagine a sanp-on engine skid, and less not forget a hf knock off of that  lolx

How many times do we seen common fasteners change head style for no other reason than to sell more hand tools?  I believe this in the  be the common car design of the future.

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 10:44:47 AM »
This is the MIL's car. She's in her 80's and the car only has 64K miles on it. She's been having some hard starting issues and a has loud whining noise in the engine compartment. She should get rid of it, but she's so used to driving this car that learning the systems on a modern model is out of the question.

Well done! This is the kind of common sense thinking that seems to escape so many. Comfort and quality of life value far exceeds blue book in this case. So great that you were able to do this for your MIL.  thumbsup2

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 03:36:47 PM »
Good on you.  My Mother, in her '80s still has an Olds Alero with under 100k that does her just fine.  Fortunately she has a mechanic that takes care of it since I'm a thousand miles away.

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2017, 08:56:46 PM »
I find my self getting excited when I see clean 90s cars in the road. Takes me back to my child hood....


Kinda like you old farts about model Ts and As.....

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 09:45:29 PM »
That's a good year, thanks for the details and the pictures

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 11:05:23 AM »
GF, glad you were able to help her out. 


Had to take the car away from my Mom at 92.  She is still complaining lolx  Of course I would be too angryguyx

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2017, 09:57:25 PM »
I find my self getting excited when I see clean 90s cars in the road. Takes me back to my child hood....

Kinda like you old farts about model Ts and As.....

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Re: 1995 Taurus -- they still exist!
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