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Does the mileage indicate the quality of the gas?

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,...
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2004 Taurus - Help Identifying the leaking component

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 ...
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Broken shifter? My 96 Ford Taurus won't shift out of park, and I don't know why! Help?

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,...
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Does the mileage indicate the quality of the gas?

"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 ...
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2002 Ford Taurus not cranking

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 ...
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Does the ABS Comm connector just pull off or does it have a special way to fasten?

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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Skill level and safety critical risk level for ABS module replacement

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 ...
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Should I replace the ball joints or the tie rods first?

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 ...
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Should I replace the ball joints or the tie rods first?

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, ...
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Identifying chewed wires of my 2005 Ford Taurus

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 ...
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Oil change needed soon? (Ford Taurus)

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 ...
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Are these bolts welded on to my 2007 Ford Taurus catalytic converter

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 ...
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Ford Taurus 2004 3.0L

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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2001 Ford Taurus Leaking Coolant

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 ...
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Timing chain slack between cam sprocket and upper guide, but rock hard between crank and lower guide?

Oil pump is going to have nothing to do with it since the chain does not drive the pump nor visa-versa. The pump runs directly off the crankshaft. Thinking about it, I'd bet there is no problem. I'm ...
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Are these bolts welded on to my 2007 Ford Taurus catalytic converter

A late answer but it might help someone else: Everything seems to be design engineered for easy assembly at the auto plants. The converter arrives at the plant with studs attached and tack welded, so ...
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Are these bolts welded on to my 2007 Ford Taurus catalytic converter

I think you have just polished up the rust on those nuts and bolts with the wire brush. I am pretty sure if you gently repeatedly tap them with a hammer, the rust will fall off. Since they will be ...
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Car always jerk when shifting from P to D

A slight tug when exiting from park or neutral is normal, a violent jerk is not (unless trans is fully built e.g. TH400 full reverse manual HV pump and race clutches). On CVT transmissions it should ...
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How should I flush out a head gasket sealer?

Your cooling system isn't going to get clogged up because of exposure to air, and you really don't need to do anything before the repair. Because you have a problem with the seal between your oil and ...
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Brakes smoking overheating and car shaking

The heat is happening because the caliper is not retracting properly. Normally, I'd suggest replacing the caliper - they're cheap on most (not high performance) cars. However, you state that the you ...
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2003 Ford Taurus SES Doesn't Move

There's definitely SOMETHING wrong that will require you to pull the transmission. I would assume getting pressure readings would mean the torque converter is working. How loud was the pop? The ...
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Engine stall won't restart until after sitting all night

Although it was a Dodge, not a Ford, my electric in-tank fuel pump failed in a similar fashion. The car would occasionally stall at red lights or on very smooth highways (causing me to have to pull to ...
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My air conditioner is making noises

The reason I asked you what kind of noise the car was making and when it's making it, is because depending on when it makes the noise, you might have gotten by with leaving the A/C compressor in place ...
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2014 Ford Taurus, digital fuel indicator is out of norm, then check engine light came up

Considering you are getting a CEL for an O2 sensor and your estimated fuel mileage is down, would it make sense the O2 sensor(s) might be the problem? If the front O2 sensor(s) is bad, this is exactly ...
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ford taurus 2010 sel. lights flashing

From your description (as light as it is), the symptoms lead me to believe you either have an open hatch somewhere, or one of the switches which detects open hatches is malfunctioning. In this ...
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Car won't start. No noise. All electrical seems to work fine.

Put a multimeter on the leads running to the starter solenoid, and see if it's getting power when you have the key turned to "start". If it does, you need a new starter. If it doesn't, you have an ...
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Asking a question about power steering pump

Running a power steering pump without fluid will damage the pump quickly, then eventually the power rack and pinion unit.
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Should I replace the ball joints or the tie rods first?

Don't cut corners. If the car is unsafe, stop driving it. Your safety is the most important priority. When you've got the money to do all the work, have it done by a reputable shop. Any ball joint or ...
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2005 Ford Taurus U Vin Unstable Idle, Charging System Problem?

Got a call back from my friend, they replaced the alternator and confirmed a good idle on the road test. Charging voltage is back in the 14+v range and the idle jump is gone.
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