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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,589 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace the neutral safety switch (1 reports)
1996 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

May 032010

Taurus GL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Car started to loose power steering, radio and wipers when in gear. In Neutral everything works. I found that this is a common problem with 1996 Ford taurus cars and it is the neutral safety switch (also called transmission range sensor). Replace it and the problem is gone.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 222010

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,356 miles

when i put my car into drive or reverse the radio stops working. But when in park or neutal postion the problem doesn't happen. Also the power streering is effected by this.

- , L'Anse, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My wife keeps telling me the following, although when I drive it, it does not happen of course. Radio shuts off when you switch gears. Seat belt flashes intermittingly. Steering sometimes disappears, like there is no power steering. Windows will occasionally stop working. Car starts and runs fine and the transmission works ok. Thought is might be a bad ground? Any suggestions on what is going on? The belt that runs the alternator and power steering appears to be fine.

- , Qu'appelle, Sask, Canada

problem #1

Nov 192009

Taurus LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Almost positive my alternator is out. I've had it die on me 4 times, replaced the battery and now when I was driving home my power steering went out on a straight road and I saw the seat belt light on. This morning as I backed out of my driveway the power steering went out again and the seat belt light was still on. I also have had issues with it idling very low sometimes to the point where it will die.

- , Buffalo, MN, USA

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