Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Rep Power: 0
I had a bunch of work done to my 95 Taurus LX Wagon (3.8 V6) a couple of weeks ago. One repair required the steering column to be replaced because of an encased linkage to the ignition switch. Long story on that one, I've been turning the engine off for months by reaching to the back of the ignition module and pushing upward on the switch. Anyway, the day after the work was done, I was temporarily stranded a couple of times while out because the car would not shift from Park. After about 3-4 minutes of idling, I can shift to gear. This doesn't happen always, just sometimes. I called the shop that did all of the work for me and I took the car back.
I also have had no blower fan for a while. I diagnosed a while back that it was likely the blower control relay. I was going to have that repaired as well when the car was in, until I was told that they couldn't find a used one at any wreckers, and that the dealer only part would be over $300.00 (CDN). The mechanic told me that the blower was working in high speed. (It didn't when I took it to him???). So I chose not to have that work done. The blower worked for about 30 minutes after I picked the car up, then it blew the fuse.
I take the car back to the mechanic about the shifting problem, he replaces the fuse for the blower, and says that was the problem, because it shifted OK after that!
I pick up the car, tell him that I can't see how a fuse that was blown for a week caused my car to be stuck in park...temporarily, and intermittently...and he says that the fuse was the problem...sends me on my way.
Well, I don't plan on going back to these guys anytime soon...they shouldn't be licensed and aren't touching my car again.
What could cause this occassional problem? Could it be a pressure/vacuum problem, or maybe a linkage that needs adjusting? Like I said, if the engine idles for a few minutes, I can shift. I thought of the brake switch, but I think if that was the problem, it wouldn't be intermittent.