I checked the Common Problems list, but didn't see this mentioned.
I'd been fighting a coolant loss problem for a couple of months, but nothing too major. I replaced the known-to-be-leaking radiator, that took care of most of it. But after repeatedly adding coolant and waiting for all the air to burp out, it was apparent that not all the leaks were fixed. Never did see anything left behind on the ground, to lead me to the source.
While the crack in the plastic tank was small, it only leaked under pressure. Finally it got big enough to leave the evidence behind for me to track it down. Called the dealership, told them I needed a new reservoir tank. The parts guy said that this was a common problem, they had 2 tanks in stock. Just under $50, my cost. Installed new tank, filled system. Problem solved!
This was on my '96 GL. But how many other years have had this problem? Is it just all of them that have the pressurized reservoir (Pressure cap on top of the reservoir tank)? And is it limited to the Taurus or does it affect other Fords too?
How many others have experienced this? Is this just common knowledge, and I'm finally stumbling across it? I was thinking of doing a write-up for the Common Problems threads, and can include a picture of the bottom of my old tank.