I'm going thru a 1996 Taurus LX Wagon just recently purchased. Have the UIM
off and am in the midst of changing the valve cover gaskets, plugs and wires.
I cannot remove the rear valve cover with enough room to replace the gasket. There is a wiring harness inside a shield which is held on by the passenger side valve cover bolts, 4 of them. the front are easy, and I've gotten the small nuts that held the shield on from all four. The problem is: this wiring harness with shield does not want to move out of the way so I can remove the valve cover bolts it was attached to. There is enough room to do the front valve cover, no issues, but the rear, not so much. There are coolant hoses hard on the side and bottom of the shield, wiring does not allow much movement up. I've removed the top part of the wiring harness shield in front but cannot get at the clips to remove the rear.
I've checked everywhere and apparently, I'm the only guy that ever had a issue with this wiring harness shield, with wires. I must be missing something easy but I'm tired of pushing and pulling on parts trying to find a way to move that piece away from the valve cover.
If you've got any experience with this, O Please Illuminate.
Non-essential info: bought the LX wagon non-running from a couple who had it stall and decided selling it uber cheap was still better than paying the dealer to fix it. So far I"ve found with cracks and pieces missing everywhere, and have already made a replacement for the unobtainable vacuum elbow fitting which connects three vacuum lines to the underside of the intake manifold.
I am a retired guy sort of, and on a pretty strict budget, so I will make a part if it looks fairly doable rather than run to the dealer. I am constructing hoses for both valve cover breathers and probably will end up replacing some vacuum lines as well. After playing around under the hood of the LX, I get real nostalgic for my 1974 F150 where you could sit in the engine bay, reach whatever you needed to, and parts/tools that dropped fell all the way to the ground :-)
Thanks in advance,
Brad in Eugene