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How To Get 200k Miles From Your Taurus!!!!!

Yippee Ki Yay Mother [email protected]#%$!!!!
200K MILES….Original Tranny and Engine
(But I have a leak in my timing cover and she also burns some oil)

How I did it
· Perform maintenance according to manual up to 100K
· After 100K change tranny fluid every 30K
· Front Brakes/Rotors are pathetic on this car but buy Brakes and Rotors from Autzone and you can exchange them within 2 years so change them before year 2 and get a new set of rotors and pads
· Use OEM parts whenever possible there is a difference when it come to fit and performance
*non oem tension pulley-failed within year
*non oem tie rod ends, stabilizer links etc high failure rate MOOG/OEM are great
* yes it happened to me Bosch plugs failed within 20K
* non oem PS pump leaked within year

· Change the 3 or 4 vacuum lines for the intake at 100K and thermostat. Save yourself some aggravation down the road
· Change upper and lower IM gaskets when changing plugs
· BUY THE RIGHT TOOLS!!!!!!
· Wash the car once a month
· Quick struts are great
· Buy a service manual, search the forums, and google google google
· If you’re not mechanic by trade like me, man up your gunna make mistakes but be patient, plan your work and work you plan
· Change brake fluid, ps fuild, antifreeze at 100K and after that every 50
· DOHC engine mounts and tranny mount replacement are hard and so is the Oil Pan Gasket replacement but I did them so anyone can do them!!!
· The door panel leather that falls off take it to an a car upholster they will fix it for 25 each
· When your replacing the struts take the whole knuckle to a mechanic/machine shop and have him remove and replace the ball joints. Dirt cheap and stress free
· Sometimes you really just need a bigger hammer especially for those damn rear drums
· Buy a torque wrench
· BUY A TOYOTA!!! J j/K


THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HELPED ME ALONG THE WAY IN THIS FORUM!!!!
Talk again @ 250k!!!
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-Take as little "short" trips as possible.
- When you buy parts, you get what you pay for.
- Use this forum to ask for help if you get lost, lots of people are more than willing to help.
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Also as for the leather on the panels, mine were already peeled off and horrible looking when I got the car. I went to the local JY (LKQ) and with a bit of prying, attained some good looking replacements that I glued straight in for about $4 a panel!

Still looking for that cheap wood trim though.. lol. My car is currently at 206K miles.

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Still looking for that cheap wood trim though.. lol. My car is currently at 206K miles.
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· Perform maintenance according to manual up to 100K
· After 100K change tranny fluid every 30K
The second statement seems redundant.

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· Front Brakes/Rotors are pathetic on this car but buy Brakes and Rotors from Autzone and you can exchange them within 2 years so change them before year 2 and get a new set of rotors and pads
That's nice to know. I have thrown away spent Duralast brake pads in the past. Supposedly, NAPA and Advance Auto stores also give life warranty on premium brake pads.

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· Change the 3 or 4 vacuum lines for the intake at 100K and thermostat. Save yourself some aggravation down the road
Where did you get the replacement hoses? Some of them are starting to rot on my car.

In my experience, buying a life time wheel alignment service contract was a good deal. I paid $150 to Firestone for it and then I have done like 5 wheel alignments after that. If you're going to keep the car this long you will need this many alignments or more.
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In my experience, buying a life time wheel alignment service contract was a good deal. I paid $150 to Firestone for it and then I have done like 5 wheel alignments after that. If you're going to keep the car this long you will need this many alignments or more.
That is not a bad deal at all, seeing as how the shop I work at charges 7/10 hr labor for an alignment and our shop rate is $92.50/hr.
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98lx Vulcan 210K rode hard.
previous victims:
bad steering rack (never again on that deal)
broken brake lines under door (again, one time deal)
both rear calipers

Currently down for extended maintenance.
water pump noise turned into bad AC pulley bearing which turned
into broken subframe bolt.

List of items for its third resurrection
rear subframe broken bolt (now removed, but hole in floor remains)
AC pulley (pulley on, pump is still loose needs R134 too)
alternator repair or replacement (tried to get the large lead off, broke
the stud off inside the alternator.
replace water pump. Think its probably good, but not worth the risk
of NOT changing it now.
find dam hard to find teflon washers for PS pump i had to remove
for clearance.
replace leaking lower AT cooler line to radiator which has been leaking
replace badly leaking valve cover gaskets
replace oil presaure sender for possible leak.
clean intake butterfly for crud build up (sometimes sticking)

And thats no counting the quick sturts from the Upull in the trunk...

Bob Urz 1989 Vulcan wagon (wife crashed) 1990 Vulcan sedan (sold running) 1993 Vulcan sedan (wife crashed) 1993 Vulcan wagon (beat up like Battlestar Galactica, drove to junkyard on a sad day) 1997 Vulcan sedan (down with multiple coolant leaks), 1998 Vulcan sedan (rescued from being junked three time with broken brake lines and bad rack, hydrolocked engine replaced ) down for now
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Vacume Lines

Replacement vacume lines are not expensive at the dealer that is where I bought mine but you might have luck sourcing from RockAuto. Sometimes shopping around amongst different model years on Rock Auto increases your chances of finding what you need. As you know the DOHC is the same from like 99 to 2005 or something like that.

+ 1 on the lifetime alignment I wish I would have known that years ago.
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^+1. If you keep 'em 'til they die, lifetime alignment agreement is the only way to go!
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^+1. If you keep 'em 'til they die, lifetime alignment agreement is the only way to go!
They're not as easy to find as they used to be though. I used to buy it from Goodyear, but they stopped doing it, now they just do a 3 year alignment deal and you can get one every 6 months.

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