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This is a list of links to various sections of the website as well as outside pages. It has been consolidated for easier searching. These are some of the more frequently asked about topics. If you have good suggestions for topics or links that should be in this list, then PM a mod about it. Not all links will be accepted and it is up to the mod's discretion on which links to add.
The forum's search is very basic. You might have better luck by using Google. You can just type in the search box at the top of the page. If that isn't working you can use a google custom search on googles website. To use Google to search this site, type in your search term(s) and then add a space and the following line to the end of your search term(s): site:www.taurusclub.com
Here are some search tips in general:
- Computers are not humans. Computers are pretty dumb actually. Computers are only as smart as the user or programmer. That's why the search feature is lame most of the time. But if you know how to manipulate it, then it can be a good tool.
- When you post a topic in the forum, you are not asking a computer. You're asking a bunch of humans that can think and have emotions and feelings. Don't expect an instant answer and don't expect them to mind read. Be as descriptive as possible. Pictures are a plus. So don't get mad if someone doesn't help because your post lacks details or it's not an instant reply. Operators are not standing by. We are not getting paid to wait here 24/7 to respond.
Please read this topic on the "art of asking" if you have to make a post about a problem you are having:
How To Ask For Help - Ford Taurus Forum : Ford Taurus Owners Car Club Forums
- Use simple keywords instead of phrases and filler words. For example if your brake light is on, use the words "brake", "light", and "on" for your search. Eliminate the useless words such as "is" because it is not necessary. Very rarely that full phrases will work.
- Try setting the filters to specific forums (for example, the Maintenance/Repair forum) for a certain topic.
- If one search yields results that don't work for you, try different words. For example: If a search for "IAC valve" doesn't work, try "idle air control valve". Or if "trans problems" doesn't work, try "transmission" or "transaxle".
- Years are usually listed by ranges. Try searching by using the first or last year of a generation if it is a general question. Or just search by generation. Some keywords to try are: (replace # with 1,2,3,4,5, etc.) "generation #", "g#", or "gen #".
- You have to be patient with the search results. There are multiple pages and chances are the answer is on a page other than the first page. Remember, the search results list the pages by date, not relevance.
- Should some members get irritable when you ask about something that could be found using search please keep in mind they may just be fed up with people asking the same question over an over again. Remember, we're not trying to be mean. It's out there somewhere. Do some research before asking.It's OK to bump an old topic but use some common sense. IF you have a new question or need something cleared up in the thread, AND your problem pertains to that thread. However, if they never posted a resolution, it would not be helpful to bump the thread. Start a new one. If you researched it and didn't find anything, then tell us that. No need to be extra apologetic and say "oh golly, mister, I really looked, I did!". Just let us know you've looked.
- Also by asking a question that's been asked before, your topic will clog the search results with posts telling people to search!
Last edited by jag1959; 05-02-2014 at 04:52 PM.