So, first I wanted to say thanks to those who had input a couple weeks ago on my wife's Taurus, which was having starting issues some mornings. I replaced the old corroded battery cables with newer(nicer) ones, and so far no more problems.
But, alas, things are never completely fixed. Now that I (hope) have that problem tackled, I was hoping to pick your brains a little more. The car is a 2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 V6
1. Hard shift/jerk from 1st to 2nd gear: I have read through this forum and seen 2 major things over and over...VSS or MAF
. The speedometer itself works, there is just a delay and a pull/jerk/hard noise from 1st to 2nd gear, so I was wondering if someone might be able to narrow that down. My wife had it checked out a few years back, and the guys told her "O that's just the transmission going out" but I don't know them/trust them from Adam, sadly I don't feel I can trust most mechanics now-a-days. Any ideas would be great.
2. The other day(after I replaced the battery cables) I was driving home and had a blowout on the highway. The tires stem valve all but popped off, hanging on by a thread. The tire was old, had it replaced, but it is a newer tread than the 3 she had replaced a couple years ago. Now, I noticed yesterday, the front end sounds very squeak/creaky when driving. My dad had said the front struts on that car might be going out/needing replacing, so could that be the reason for the increased noise in pair with the new tires? The car is from Illinois, so the struts were exposed to the elements/salt. I know you need a specialty tool to do the struts, which I don't have, plus I simply don't know how to do it myself.
Anyways, sorry for the long post, but I didn't want to crowd the forum with multiple threads.
Thanks in advance!