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Hello all, I'm a new Taurus owner. I owned a 1998 Ford ZX2 for nearly 10 years...great car, only needed a couple of alternators in the 137,000 miles I had it. Loved the car but have a second kid on the way...ZX2 had to go!

I just bought a 2002 Taurus SEL with just 68K miles on it. LOVE the car. Runs perfectly.

Anyways, to my question. When I turn the climate control off, or just the defrost function, there is a noise in the dash. It's a sound like plastic being dropped. I'll also hear it a couple of seconds after I turn the car off if I leave the climate control on when turning the car off. It does not seem to happen when I have the floor vents only on...just when the defroster was being used. The heat, air conditioning and climate system works as it should.

Is this normal? Just one of this car's personality traits? (every car has them)

Thanks for any responses!
 

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My bull does the same thing I believe it's the blend-door closing.
 

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That's what it sounds like, a platic door closing or some troll rolling dice in my dash. Everything functions fine so I wasn't worried, just curious.

Better than the ZX2's quirk...vibrating at idle, even from new.

Funny, the people I bought the car from called it their "Bull". I guess I am supposed to!
 

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Yea, that's what everyone calls their Taurus, it makes it sound less Wuss-like LOL. I personaly LOVE my Bull, It's comfortable, gets 26MPG and I can fit 6 people in it. I'm looking to get a Wagon next probably a 98-01 I have found them on CL for about 1500 - 2000 bucks so you just can't beat it !
 

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My mom has a 97 Escort wagon, with by now, probably only 50K miles on it. She loves it, but the wagons and sedans had the 8V heads, ZX2's had the 16V heads which added 20 HP.
 

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My mom has a 97 Escort wagon, with by now, probably only 50K miles on it. She loves it, but the wagons and sedans had the 8V heads, ZX2's had the 16V heads which added 20 HP.
Yep, the Z was a 5-speed too, so it really moved. I'd hate to have an ATX one.

Downside, it was designed for midgets.
 

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Yep, the Z was a 5-speed too, so it really moved. I'd hate to have an ATX one.

Downside, it was designed for midgets.
I hear the 2.0L was a vast improvement over the 1.9L, although, the extra 22HP was basically canceled out but the fact that the 97+ style was 120 lbs. or so heavier.
 

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That's what it sounds like, a platic door closing or some troll rolling dice in my dash. Everything functions fine so I wasn't worried, just curious.

Better than the ZX2's quirk...vibrating at idle, even from new.

Funny, the people I bought the car from called it their "Bull". I guess I am supposed to!
The fresh air door closes after you turn the car off. I miss my old '97 Escort, but my new car reminds me of it. I'm sure your ZX2 also sounded like a air compressor at idle when you turned the a/c on while it trembled with the extra load. My new car also trembles with a/c on at idle, but it dosen't vibrate as much as the Escorts did, most small cars do this. FYI: if your Taurus has the Vulcan engine, your old ZX2 would be faster if it were a 5 speed trans, my 5 speed Accent is faster than my Taurus was, lol.
 

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The fresh air door closes after you turn the car off. I miss my old '97 Escort, but my new car reminds me of it. I'm sure your ZX2 also sounded like a air compressor at idle when you turned the a/c on while it trembled with the extra load. My new car also trembles with a/c on at idle, but it dosen't vibrate as much as the Escorts did, most small cars do this. FYI: if your Taurus has the Vulcan engine, your old ZX2 would be faster if it were a 5 speed trans, my 5 speed Accent is faster than my Taurus was, lol.
Actually, the AC smoothed out the ZX2's idle. :lol2:

I'll miss that AC though...the ZX2 had the coldest, hardest-blowing AC I've ever seen. We'll see how the Taurus is soon...seems to blow hard too.

It shook any other time though. Apparently it was just the factory mounts, as some guys fixed their vibrating with custom solid mounts...too much work for me.

My Taurus has the Duratec. 200 horses, baby. Blows the 4-bangers I've been driving away.
 

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Actually, the AC smoothed out the ZX2's idle. :lol2:

I'll miss that AC though...the ZX2 had the coldest, hardest-blowing AC I've ever seen. We'll see how the Taurus is soon...seems to blow hard too.

It shook any other time though. Apparently it was just the factory mounts, as some guys fixed their vibrating with custom solid mounts...too much work for me.

My Taurus has the Duratec. 200 horses, baby. Blows the 4-bangers I've been driving away.
Both years Taurus (gen 2 and gen 4.5) I owned had terrible heaters, but strong a/c's. The Escort was good at both, it was the car that would never die, it had 324k miles when my sister sold it.
 

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The heater and AC work fantastic in my car. Put's my sister's Accord to shame.
 

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I've owned 7 fords from a Focus to a Ranger, Explorer and The Taurus also my favorite was my 1996 T-bird Sport Pkg. V8 (4.6L modular) all of them have had the coldest A/C I've ever experienced and I've owned about 28 cars this far in my life.
 

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Huh, odd. Do you guys have leaks in the vacuum lines? Even after a week I can go in and turn the knob and hear the door moving, meaning it still has vacuum in the system. Mine never closes when I turn the car off.

Or did they do away with the vacuum knobs after the 99 models?
 

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The HVAC still stores Vacuum all th way up to the 2007 Model I believe, I can hear it every time that I move the dial when the car is off and the blend-door still works.
 

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Huh, odd. Do you guys have leaks in the vacuum lines? Even after a week I can go in and turn the knob and hear the door moving, meaning it still has vacuum in the system. Mine never closes when I turn the car off.

Or did they do away with the vacuum knobs after the 99 models?
There are post-1999 Tauri (hmm...) with knobs on the climate control, but my SEL has the unit with the buttons, no knobs.




 
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