Join Date: May 2009
Location: N. Georgia
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 12v Vulcan V6
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1994 - Blower unit grenades on trip to Florida in middle of summer, parents use no less than 3 different shops in two different states to repair. Repair has been lacking, blower has always blown half assed since.So.. Here we are, time for the project.
1996 - Entire system replaced/upgraded by dealership, 134a system was installed, but the R12 was put back in for better cooling purposes. Esther oil was used, pressure switch was kept R12. Blower issue addressed but not fixed to pre-grenade level of air movement satisfaction. The fan unit roars but the air just seeps out.
1998-ish - Second ever transmission service done by me, not a flush, just a pan drop and filter change. Never done since.
2000 - New water pump as the old one seizes up and dumps coolant.
2002 - Car stops wanting to charge the battery. Change numerous parts to do with this, never figure it out, until later, end up adding a battery cable from alternator to positive battery terminal.
2004 - Entire front end rebuild, done by me, minus shocks, old bearings pressed out, new ones pressed in, the works. Car stops crawling around in it's lane when holding steering steady.
2005 - Wife drives car for entire year after killing hers. Mass problems occur. Power steering pump goes south, replaced myself. Power steering hose goes out, replaced myself. Breaks start squealing, pads replaced. finally quits, wife finally decides to buy her own new car. She leaves her steering wheel cover in the car with the tiggers and poohs on it.
2008 - Spend an entire evening researching, and finally tracing wiring inside the engine compartment and discover a fusible link wire burned out. It blew out the underside so it looks perfect and has all of a 1/4 inch missing. Replace and charging system works again, as Ford intended.
2009 - Find car dead, not wanting to start. Jump it off and it starts only to not start again. Battery tests fine, starter tests bad, replaced starter. Month later issue repeats, starter tests fine, battery bad, replace battery. Sometimes you can't win.
2010 - Car is 22 years old, qualifies for "Classic" tag status in the state of GA. Sucks to drive cos it smells musty, burns expelled oil, we start calling her leaky, and the air doesn't work. I've begun to notice I never see any more Gen1 Taurus on the road anymore and I realize I have a duty.
Garaged - Nice basement garage not on my property withFor those who love details: to work on car at my leisure. It's been in the 90's with 90% humidity for the past few weeks. Climate controlled working conditions are a must. Only 20min away from house.
Moved - My tools and sundries. Got my 15Gal upright portable compressor over there this Friday, need it mainly to flush out the condenser and evaporator. Coulda used it earlier on header flange bolts, but I suffered through it.
Disassembled - Entire left side of engine teardown as well as underneath taken out. Passenger side front tire, removed. Passenger side wheel well, removed. Radiator, drained, lower hose, removed. Reservoir, removed. Alternator, removed. Tension pulley, removed. Engine strut, removed. Power steering pump, drained using hand pump, removed, not a drop spilled. Compressor, removed. All lines, removed. Cat setup, took awhile using rust buster and elbow grease, the almost destruction of my 3/8" socket wrench, and a cheater bar, but, removed. Oil pan, removed.
Worked on - Flushed out condenser and evaporator. Cleaned up oil pan. Cleaning up oil pan mating surface, still more to go on that. Cleaned exterior of Compressor.
Discoveries pt. 1 - A wish that I could go back in time to pressure wash the underneath of car. Grime doesn't begin to describe what's in the cavern and falling on my head while I'm working down below. Curse my eagerness to be in the cool cold garage on a 90 degree day with a watery haze in the air.
Discoveries pt. 2 - Both motor mounts are goners. Tension pulley sounds rough when hand spun. AXOD pan has seen better days but will hold for now. Inside bottom half of engine looks like it was dipped into a vat of varnish, chestnut colored to be precise. Serpentine belt is still good after all this time (was replaced about 8 years ago). Alternator belt looks like hard packed soil during a drought it's so full of cracks. Flushing out condenser and evaporator are time consuming but much needed. FS10 Compressor is probably best replaced.
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