I just joined today, and was hoping to pick your collective brains about some issues I'm having with a 2006 Taurus I picked up yesterday for a daily driver.
As I was driving my fiancee and I to work, I noticed that if I hit a dip/bump in the road in a certain way, the front passenger tire feels like it skids (or pops out?) a little bit, but corrects after a second or two.
I can't make it happen on every bump, but it doesn't seem to happen as often when I'm not accelerating into said dips/bumps. It's got me scratching my head a little, and I've come up empty with
ideas, even scouring the forums, though I'm still getting the hang of the search function.
This, paired with a soft clunking noise on both the driver and passenger side when I turn the wheel at low speeds/at a stop, makes me think inner/outer tie rods, along with maybe a bushing, or lower ball joint?
Those problems are much more urgent feeling than the next, which I think I've got narrowed down. When I purchased it from the previous owner, he said that he's had an issue with the A/C
blowing cold air.
Okay, no problem. Checked to see if the clutch engages, it does. Checked low-pressure lines for coolant pressure, around 50 psi
while on Max A/C
. There was even condensation on the low-pressure lines, and they felt cool to the touch. I may be inferring too much from those results, but that tells me that the A/C
is working, but is still blowing hot air. So, did a little digging, and I've got it narrowed down to issues with the blend door actuator, blend door, or the actual temp control knob (My Taurus has the manual climate controls).
If anyone has any ideas as to how I'd go about further diagnosing these issues, I would love the input. I'm fairly mechanically inclined, but living at an apartment complex has me doing repairs in the AutoZone parking lot or in a family member's driveway.
Thanks for reading, I realize this is a little long winded.