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The left descending pipe is (or comes from) the exhaust manifold, and ends in a two-bolt flange. The flange bolts to a matching flange on the front end of the exhaust pipe, which runs aft from the flanged connection towards the rear of the car, undoubtedly through a muffler (or two). Gaskets in such high-heat environments are often made of metal; this one ...


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It is not likely the quality of the gasoline causing the change. The sensors are unable to evaluate the chemical makeup of the fuel. It could be a change in your driving habits, changes in temperature, the vehicle health, tire pressure, etc. I would not be too concerned. The dash indicator is an estimate only. The computer monitors how you drive, current ...


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First have someone check to see if your brake lights work. If they don't check fuse 28 in the underdash fuse panel. If fuse 28 is OK locate the stoplight switch on the brake pedal. Key on engine off, use a paper clip and jump the 2 terminals. If you can shift out of park and the brake lights come on replace the stoplight switch. If the brake lights come ...


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So, do power steering hoses just leak randomly like they are claiming? Or is there a reason to be suspicious? I will bet the problem lies with the nylon seal which needs to be replaced with the pump (it's a real PITB to install) and they didn't do it with the pump install. It's the seal which allows movement out of the high pressure side (out flow of fluid)....


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If the question you are asking is "could this have failed in the last six weeks?" then the answer is "Yes", it sounds like that is exactly what happened. There is a train of thought that both calipers have done the exact same amount of service and if one was replaced it would be logical that the other would need replacement soon. Replacing calipers are a ...


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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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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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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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Sounds like a problem with the immobilizer - when starting the car it will "read" the presence of a chip in the key and if for whatever reason it isn't able to detect that chip the immobilizer will prevent the vehicle from starting (which is why even the wired in starter button won't start it) This could be a problem with either the car or with the key you ...


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If things are really this tight and you really can't do both, replace the tie rods first. It is better to lose a wheel completely (via broken ball joint) than to have a tie rod break and steer the car sharply. Either way, limit your driving to essential driving only, and if your financial situation does not improve, consider parking or selling the car.


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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. Obviously,...


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You have to pull (really hard) on this grey lever. It comes out about 3 inches vertically and unlocks the connector:


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"miles remaining" is an guesstimate based on your recent driving The system has stores a great deal of data about your past driving performance, and the "miles to E" is assuming you will continue driving like you recently have. If your driving changes, the estimate is invalid. Imagine you deliver vegetables for an artisanal farmer in upstate NY. ...


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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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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). You'...


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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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This could be one of several things: Swaybar links broken or missing Worn out strut/shock mount (on either end) Worn out suspension parts ... anywhere the suspension has a bushing which meets the car itself Without being there in person, it's hard to tell beyond that what it might be. I mean, it could also be a loose spare in the trunk area.


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Here's what you should be doing: Place your vehicle on a level area like a driveway. Ensure your vehicle is up to operating temperature and running. Pull the dipstick and with a clean cloth, wipe it off. Stick the dipstick back into the tube down to the bottom, then pull it out again immediately and check the level. Add an appropriate amount of fluid (half ...


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OBD1 326 indicates that the EGR pressure sensor is reading pressure values that are out of the range deemed to be normal. Along with the results of your pre/post-cat temperature test, this is strong evidence that the catalytic converter is clogged. The solution would be to replace the catalytic converter.


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Head gasket is the only likely culprit here. It is possible that the shop did something they shouldn't have when replacing the water pump that could have damaged the head. I've seen head bolts loosened inadvertently due to negligence. This is not an indictment of your mechanic, it could be pure coincidence or some odd issue with the water pump adding more ...


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IMO you'd be better getting them all done together, then once done the alignment can be done. If you really must have everything done separately, perhaps explain your predicament to the garage, just so that your not charged for an alignment check after each component replacement.


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It is definitely okay to reset the message, which is what the folks at Walmart should have done. The light / message on your dash is nothing more than a timer and distance counter. It sounds like the folks at Walmart did not reset it when they did your oil change. It's easy to do, but the method changes from model to model, so a quick Google search should ...


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The ABS control module isn't really difficult to replace and sounds like it's within your skill level. Remove the old one and disconnect everything, put the new one in, reconnect everything and bolt it back into place. It may be in an awkward place to access though. As far as safety, 2 things: it won't disable the entire braking system, just the anti-...


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You're correct on the first picture, second picture looks like a coolant temperature sensor. You could re-pin the connector in the second picture or replace it (most auto parts stores will carry connectors). If you're feeling adventurous unplug the connector and using a small screwdriver push out the pins. They'll have little locking tabs on them. Then you ...


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Aight, so I replaced my battery connectors this after noon along with the old battery, and she started right up. Thanks for the help


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It certainly looks like a weld ( first picture). Stainless does not corrode ( significantly ) in an exhaust system. I suggest some kind of grinding to remove the fasteners. Most modern exhaust pipe is ferritic ( magnetic) stainless , not very hard because of very low carbon . But, the fasteners and weld filler metal may be something else , even austenitic ( ...


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You say you did a radiator pressure test, but you should test the whole system by pressurizing that. The system should hold pressure for several hours. Have seen this type of problem before where one of the hoses has a small pin hole in it and it only leaks when the system is fully hot. The coolant escapes as steam and leaves no trace around the hole - ...


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Running a power steering pump without fluid will damage the pump quickly, then eventually the power rack and pinion unit.


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