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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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So I am now the owner of a new to me 02 Taurus SES with just shy of 95k on the odometer. Runs like lit was new and no known issues other than limited heat. Got it from an older couple who drove it since new and have a long history of maintenance. If you were me what are somethings that I should be aware off, common problems or issues that pop up frequently on these cars. I guess I have the Vulcan engine. Still looking for the type of tranny a something.

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You are incredibly lucky.

I'd do a good 100k inspection. In an '02 it could have either the vulcan or duratec engine. Have seen both run for years without issues. Baby it & keep up the periodic MX.
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So I am now the owner of a new to me 02 Taurus SES with just shy of 95k on the odometer. Runs like lit was new and no known issues other than limited heat. Got it from an older couple who drove it since new and have a long history of maintenance. If you were me what are somethings that I should be aware off, common problems or issues that pop up frequently on these cars. I guess I have the Vulcan engine. Still looking for the type of tranny a something.

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Attached is a summary of Ford rec of maint. You will not go wrong with that. Along with the plugs, best check the coil as it likely is cracked and will cause a misfire in time. Easy test: use a spray bottle with tap water, and with warm idling engine spritz the coil lightly with water. If the engine changes at all, the coil is cracked. I have had 3 G-4's OE coil crack.
I am on Bulls # 7,8,9. Those all '03 with DOHC engine. All 9 bought used, and all but one went to my daughters after I used them in my work. None ever had a engine or tran issue. Key is maintence.


Living in the serious rust belt, brakes are a constant issue as well as body rust. I have 3 Bulls with 3 drivers until college starts in the fall.


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As with any used car, it is best to do all fluids and filters to provide a starting point for maintenance, unless you have records from the previous owner.
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Inspect springs and struts first; springs have history of breakage, inspect brakes, Flush cooling system with Motorcraft VC-9, fresh Anti-freeze, make sure to have THREE keys on hand in case one gets lost: key programming is free if you have two keys left; if you have one key left, it will cost over $100.
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This is all great information. I will find time during the weekend to check a lot of these items out. My last Ford was a 93 Ranger. Every one of my cars since have made it to or exceeded 200,000 miles as I am somewhat anal when it comes to planned and preventive maintenance.
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If uou have a Vulcan then search Clinton Flush for that heat problem and consider changing the engine type in your user panel . I'd definitely do a trans pan drop if there's no record of a recent one, plenty of threads here on it. If you have a Tec the trans is an AX4N, if it's s Vulcan the trans type can be ID'd by the door sticker

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Serpentine Belt. I'm on my 4th one since I bought the car in 2009. They tend to dry up and crack in heat.
I'm starting to change it annually just to be safe.
As others have said - change all your filters and fluids to start out fresh.
I don't put a lot of miles on mine ( little old lady bahhahaa) but do new shocks/struts/springs about every 3 years.
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^^^^^ What brand belts are you using? I have used Goodyear Gatorbacks (now known as Continental Elite) for many years on all my cars with zero issues. They last nearly forever, and never ever squeak.
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^^^^^ What brand belts are you using? I have used Goodyear Gatorbacks (now known as Continental Elite) for many years on all my cars with zero issues. They last nearly forever, and never ever squeak.
Store brands look like the pic in a year or so.


Brands you mentioned will be good for 100K.


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