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My wife had a 1995 Taurus and at 130K it started going through water pumps like crazy, that among tons of other issues with the cooling system in general. We just figured it was a "lemon" and got rid of it. Now I just bought a 1995 Taurus (same color and everything) with 183K from the auction 2 weeks ago and what do you know, today the cooling system went bye bye. Antifreeze everywhere. Same problems. I only paid $450. for the car so I don't plan on fixing it as this problem, with this many miles, will probably reoccur and nickle and dime me to death like the other one did. I'm just wondering if this is a common problem with the Taurus of this year?????? Just seems strange of it being an identical problem. I checked the VIN# to be sure I didn't actually have the exact same car, but it's not. So anyone know what's up with this?
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Do you flush and change the coolant every two years?

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My '95 had a recall on the fan motor for conking out and/or setting the car on fire.





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I just got this car so I have not done any changes on any fluids. I did check them all the first day i got it and everything looked good, clean, and full. It's so bad that when you pour coolant in it pours out of the bottom of the water pump, even if the car is not running. Before it died it was squealing and making alot of grinding noises. I was in a heap of traffic and had to drive it for a minute until I found a parking lot, then it died in that parking lot and I have not messed with it. Probably gonna start parting out so if anyone needs any 95 parts let me know. Thought about fixing it but it's a gamble really with 183K I don't see letting this car become a money pit. Is the water pump hard to change?
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Water pouring out the bottom of the pump sounds to me like water coming out of the weep hole. This isnt a big deal, its just the seal around the spindle shaft. I had to replace that on a friends chevy and now it works just fine.

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Water pouring out the bottom of the pump sounds to me like water coming out of the weep hole. This isnt a big deal, its just the seal around the spindle shaft. I had to replace that on a friends chevy and now it works just fine.
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Does this job require removing the water pump? What do you use to seal it? Also, would this cause the car to completly shut down?
I'm thinking the rubber burning smell could be from the coolant soaking the drive belt and making it slip, maybe thats why the car quit going?
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My 95 has over 270,000 miles and has never over-heated. I am also the original owner.

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Depends if you have the piece of junk 3.8 esses with chronic head cracking problems where compression gasses are always being introduced and blowing things out,
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the great 3.0 which is very reliable and doesn't really have any issues..
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Depends if you have the piece of junk 3.8 esses with chronic head cracking problems where compression gasses are always being introduced and blowing things out,
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the great 3.0 which is very reliable and doesn't really have any issues..
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It's the 3.0

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My 95 has over 270,000 miles and has never over-heated. I am also the original owner.
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You car is spoiled in that SoCal weather. Try putting that '95 through 14 long cold winters with potholes the size of a Kia.
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Depends if you have the piece of junk 3.8 esses with chronic head cracking problems where compression gasses are always being introduced and blowing things out,
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the great 3.0 which is very reliable and doesn't really have any issues..
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Another clueless Vulcan owner. This'll be fun.

Yeah, the Vulcan's notorious penchant for turning its coolant brown... that's not an issue

Gone elsewhere in search of a pleasant Taurus/Sable forum run by people who actually care.
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