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Lets start with the fact that Ford doesn't make anti-freeze, they buy it in. It will have certain specs of course but so does all anti-freeze. It will also be made by one of the major producers of the product. If you can find the Ford specs you could compare it to other brands. Alternatively, contact the makers of different brands of anti-freeze and ask them ...


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Valve covers are a popular leak spot, across all vehicle makes and models.


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Even if there is a "common area" of oil leaks it wouldn't make sense to change a part based on the most common failure. You need to find out where you car is leaking so you don't make a needless repair that could easily cost you hundreds of dollars. I would get a second estimate on locating the oil leak. Dye tests don't cost hundreds of dollars. The "Dye ...


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Antifreeze is a blend of several different ingredients: the antifreeze/coolant active ingredient, (mostly) water, corrosion inhibitors to prevent the water from rusting away the inside of your engine, and a secret blend of herbs and spices that's particular to each manufacturer. There are several different choices for the active ingredient (ethylene ...


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Late model Taurus do use a special coolant (usually orangish) which, unlike the standard biennial flush and change, is only serviced at around 90,000 miles or the kilometric equivalent. Use of common antifreezes (green and blue) will do damage. Use the recommended Ford coolant in the Taurus. You might have been advised to go to Ford for the obvious reason ...


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For the car, keep the tires set at the right pressure, check the alignment, check the brakes on a regular basis, empty any extra stuff out of the car. As a driver, there are many articles that can be googled on how to get better mileage through various driving techniques. Mostly they involve speed control and better planning ahead while driving. ...


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I've checked the lines into the heater core and neither one of them seems to be hot. You may have a stuck open thermostat. Does the dash temp gauge needle sit in the middle zone?


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On defrost, it is running the A/C (to dry the air), so you're correct on that point. Just usually there's enough heat available to overcome the cooling effect. Sounds like you may have either a clogged heater core (a lot of labor to fix on most cars), or hopefully just a failed actuator (not sure if the Taurus has a mechanical linkage or electronic). ...


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Check the on-board diagnostics code first. If all the warning lights are on, there is an excellent chance that the engine computer has recognized the error condition. With that information, you can make an assessment as to the next step. You can buy a code reader or take the car to almost any shop to have them read the code.


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The piece missed from your question - you seem to have assumed the reason the mechanic told you to go to a Ford dealer was because of the antifreeze. A possible alternative is that only the Ford dealership is licenced to drain and refill your radiator - there may be warranties. (I know, it doesn't answer the headline question, but may still be the correct ...


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Fuel efficiency gets brought up fairly frequently (for good reason). Here are some of the things that I've pointed out in similar questions: Engine size doesn't determine fuel efficiency. Using the fuel with the correct octane rating is important. Making major changes to your car in the name of efficiency is usually not a good idea. And, to quote Jeremy ...


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From your description of your problems, it points to a continuing problem with a parasitic drain. Whilst not an every day event, sometimes a new alternator can be defective. Your alternator may have been damaged in transit or may not be an incorrect replacement for your vehicle. The electrical system needs to be checked out again, and a scan for any ...


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If the oil is at the correct level now driving the car should be fine. Take it easy on the engine until it stops smoking. The smoke is likely coming from the residue of the excessive oil from the overfill and will burn off over the next little while.


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Wanted to post as comment, but I do not have enough rep. Sounds like power steering failure. I had a belt that snapped on my '92-98 Corolla and had to drive through two seasons without power steering. At a still, and on reverse speeds, the steering was pretty hard to turn, however as soon as the car moved forward, turning the wheel was a breeze. High RPMs ...


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The location of the plug depends whether it was installed at the factory, by the dealer, or the third party. One of the most common places for the block heater plug on the third generation Ford Taurus (1996–1999) is the driver’s side opening in the lower part of the bumper (with spring-loaded cap): If it is not visible from the front (either as pictured, ...



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