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  1. Failed emissions test p0174 code

    Maintenance and Repair
    Depends on the state. Check your DMV website; in CA they have a section on smog testing as the requirements change from year to year and within the different model years.
  2. 2001 Vulcan Coolant Leak Problem!

    Maintenance and Repair
    Sure sounds like a leaking timing cover gasket. When it leaks, the drip path falls directly on to the exhaust near the cat which is very hot and produces steam. Leaking stops when engine is running and coolant is circulating and being cooled. When you turn engine off, temperature of coolant...
  3. Mystery Trans Fluid Leak - 2001 SE

    Maintenance and Repair
    Here's a link to my installation experience with the TSB's recommeded new vent.
  4. Timing cover, 2005, 12 valve engine

    Maintenance and Repair
    Here is a write-up I did on the repair to my 2001 Vulcan (Gen 4) which includes your model year. It should be similar except you probably won't be able to remove the oil pan without also loosening the Y-pipe since they added a windage plate in the oil pan that has to be removed to access the...
  5. Oil Pump Not working!

    Maintenance and Repair
    Assuming this is the Vulcan OHV engine, the oil pump is driven by the camshaft position sensor synchro. The oil pump shaft is a hex form (like an Allen key) that slips into the rotating end of the synchro. The synchro itself is driven by the camshaft via a helical gear. If the pump is new...
  6. A/C line repair questions

    Maintenance and Repair
    I did a replacement of this hose on my Vulcan and I'm not sure if the procedure is the same but it should probably be similar. http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/82-maintenance-repair/111328-fixed-my-leaking-c-manifold-hose.html
  7. TTFN and thanks to all

    Maintenance and Repair
    Today, I sold my 2001 Taurus SES (Vulcan motor) to a nice young couple (husband works on gardening crew that maintains our landscape). I had not driven it much in the last year because I now have an EV (Chevy Spark). Having had two previous cars degrade from lack of driving, I thought it would...
  8. Camshaft synchonizer install now oil light on

    Maintenance and Repair
    I have had the oil pump out (and also changed the synchro at an earlier time) and I can confirm the oil pump drive shaft will not move vertically in either direction so if you were able to mount the syncro, it is engaged with the pump. As earlier noted, it is possible you have disconnected the...
  9. Signs of battery about to expire on gen 4.5

    Maintenance and Repair
    If you have a failing battery, make sure you replace it well before you have to take it in for a smog inspection. I haven't been driving my Taurus much since I got a plug-in electric car and the battery died even though I had it on a maintenance charger. I put off getting a new battery until a...
  10. 2001 Taurus Vulcan Oil Pan Gasket Bulging

    Maintenance and Repair
    Yes, it is a California car. The pictures in the wiki are all I have but you should be able to compare. I don't think there is much difference if any.
  11. 2001 Taurus Vulcan Oil Pan Gasket Bulging

    Maintenance and Repair
    Yes, the oil pump needs to be removed due to the design of the oil pan on this model year. It's only one bolt. I didn't replace the pump but my car had less than 60K miles on the engine. If you can afford a new part and have high miles, it may be worth replacing the original pump. If you are...
  12. 2001 Taurus Vulcan Oil Pan Gasket Bulging

    Maintenance and Repair
    You can remove the oil pan without dropping the Y-pipe on your Taurus but you will have to remove the starter which is not difficult. I did it on my 2001 Vulcan and documented it in the wiki: Gen 4 Vulcan engine oil pan removal
  13. need AC compressor to taurus 2006 V6 3.0

    Maintenance and Repair
    Doing some cross-referencing at Amazon (very useful), it appears the compressor in the 1996 is a model 58146. They are both of the FS10 design so I think the difference is the clutch that is mounted on the compressor. If the clutch is good on the car, taking the clutch off the bad compressor...
  14. Whine at freeway speeds

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    I took it in to be diagnosed by a shop that I trust and have used before. After taking it for a spin, putting it up on the rack and putting it in gear while listening with a mechanic's stethoscope, they concluded the front passenger side bearing was worn and possibly the driver's side as well...
  15. Whine at freeway speeds

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    Yes, there is ABS on all 4 wheels.
  16. Whine at freeway speeds

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    I have disks in the rear (did conversion a few years ago) and the sound really seems like it's coming from the front. After reading up a bit, I agree it sounds like front wheel bearings which will be a bear to replace, based on a video on youtube. Mostly because it involves so much disassembly...
  17. Whine at freeway speeds

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    I'm noticing a background whine at certain speeds on the freeway. First I thought it might be tire noise but it remains constant when changing from asphalt to concrete sections of pavement. It seems to come on when I'm doing 50 mph or higher, otherwise I don't hear it. Transmission shifts...
  18. A "How to" for engine coolant with pictures?

    Maintenance and Repair
    Does the Vulcan also have removable drain plugs on the block?
  19. Transmission pan drop advice

    Maintenance and Repair
    I used this tub.
  20. Transmission pan drop advice

    Maintenance and Repair
    Read the first Sticky at the beginning of this forum.
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