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  1. Drum Brake Lower Spring Help.....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    Here's a pic I borrowed courtesy of our own user "MWT" [attachment=29626:mwt_drum_pic.jpg] I initially installed my lower spring just like in this picture, but there wasn't any tension on the spring at all...it rattled around on the holes. When I looked at the second drum, I noticed the tag...
  2. Drum Brake Lower Spring Help.....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    The pictures in my Haynes Manual don't help either as the mechanic has his hand over this part of the spring in every picture... I didn't pay as close attention to the first drum as I should've as to this spring placement. I did pay attention to the second drum and this was how it came off. I...
  3. Drum Brake Lower Spring Help.....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    Hey guys, first time doing the rear drums on wifey's bull...overall, not too bad, but I have a quick question on the lower spring placement. Which hole does the spring tag end go into in the picture? The hole that it is in (closest to the shoe) or the round hole...
  4. Monroe Ceramic Brake Pads....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    Thanks for the info...hopefully this thread will help someone else out before they buy the pads. On the bright side, the larger 598 pads, now that they're custom fitted to my rotors, gives me incredible pad surface area! Hopefully that will equate to better stopping power, cooler operation...
  5. Monroe Ceramic Brake Pads....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    I just measured the old rotors and they are a tad under 11" (10-7/8" roughly). The new rotors are the same size. the old pads were noticably smaller (depth wise) than the Monroe Pads. Everything was bought at Rockauto and came up as the proper fit for her 2000 v-6 ffv vulcan sedan. I'll bet...
  6. Monroe Ceramic Brake Pads....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    Hi Oldwagon, The width of the pad wasn't an issue...they slid right down into the caliper bracket with no problem. The problems came in when trying to bolt the caliper back to the caliper bracket. The pads were too high and sat 1/4" above the top edge of the rotors. When I took some material...
  7. Monroe Ceramic Brake Pads....

    Suspension, Handling and Brakes
    I just installed Monroe Ceramic Brake Pads (model: CX598) and Raybestos Rotors on the front of the wifes Taurus. I just wanted to pass along a fit issue with the Monroe Pads -- they were 1/4" too big for the rotor. The 2 outer pads had to be fit differently than the 2 inner pads. After...
  8. Vulcan Misfire -- Please Help!

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hey 97 Blue, No sparks of any type observed. I pulled an ignition coil module from a likely donor at my local boneyard. Installed it and have the exact same symptoms. The wires are Xact Brand (8mm) wires, but I'm wondering if it could be just a bad set of wires. Or maybe something leaked or...
  9. 2000 Ford Taurus Cylinder 4 Misfire

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hey Matt, I'm certainly no expert in the matter, but I may be able to help you isolate the culprit. You can use elimination to determine which is causing the misfire. Try swapping the plug from cylinder 5 to cylinder 4. If the code moves to misfire on cylinder 5, you can reasonably suspect...
  10. Vulcan Misfire -- Please Help!

    Maintenance and Repair
    I checked the wires after dark for about 5 minutes with no spark jumping observed. Any other thoughts that come to mind? Thanks....
  11. Vulcan Misfire -- Please Help!

    Maintenance and Repair
    Thanks for the advice...I'll go out and check the plug wires tonight and see what happens. The wires I have are Xact from Autozone. Not super cheap, but not high-end either. It's funny you mention the Frontier. I'm on my 3rd Nissan Truck and love them. Haven't had a single problem with them...
  12. Vulcan Misfire -- Please Help!

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Everyone, I'm having trouble with my wife's 2000 Taurus. It's a vulcan 3.0 FFV with 143,000 miles. It's stored codes are P0301, P0303, and P0460. Here's the symptoms: 1) On startup, it runs and idles fine. 2) After about 5-10 minutes of driving (basically when warm) it starts stumbling...
  13. Rear Grinding Is Back

    Maintenance and Repair
    That's about the average price I was getting from local shops. Make sure you ask them if that price includes: struts, coils, upper strut mounts, new bellows, new bushings, and new pinch bolts. You can visually inspect the coils from underneath your car. Use a flashlight and follow the...
  14. Rear Grinding Is Back

    Maintenance and Repair
    I'm with 00tec-satx...it's probably worn struts, coilsprings or maybe even a broken rear coilspring. My wife's Taurus had similar sounds from the rear of her car especially when carrying 4 people. Then I noticed her body was sitting noticably lower than the tops of the tires. Visual check and...
  15. Rear Struts & Coilsprings Replacement...

    Maintenance and Repair
    fdogg96, For a trained mechanic, with a lift, air tools, impact socket drivers, etc. I would say each strut would take probably 30minutes to do. My local shop quoted $225.00 to do the rear only and they said the book time showed 3 hrs. labor x $75/hr. = $225.00. I did my rears in under 3...
  16. Painting The Grey Shell For The Window Mounted Brakelight

    Aesthetics, Interior, Wheels and Tires
    Ethan, Once you get the seat back out, there are (2) plastic retainer fasteners that hold the Parcel shelf in place...you can't miss them. Once they come out, the parcel shelf comes right out (carpeted piece) then a piece of insulation under that. That's all there is to it. If I remember...
  17. Rear Struts & Coilsprings Replacement...

    Maintenance and Repair
    WIKI looks great...thanks 00tec-satx! Hopefully, some other forum members will get some benefit from it. Tempest, go for it! It wasn't a very hard job -- it just took some time. The quotes I got around me ranged from $600-$800 for new rear strut assemblies complete job (parts and labor) down...
  18. Rear Struts & Coilsprings Replacement...

    Maintenance and Repair
    Good point! I did it in reverse when I did it because it was the first time I had removed the rear seat and I didn't know any better :o . I didn't have any problem removing the (2) lower bolts with a deepwell 13mm socket and then popping the seat back up. Actually, I was able to remove the...
  19. Rear Struts & Coilsprings Replacement...

    Maintenance and Repair
    Hi Wade, I don't talk too much, so I guess I make up for it with my writing...lol! I grew up in NE Ohio...good people! Take care... Mark
  20. Rear Struts & Coilsprings Replacement...

    Maintenance and Repair
    No problem....Wiki away! Feel free to use/post however you like!!! Mark
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