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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,598 miles

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1998 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 152014

Taurus

  • 148,230 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. While driving at an unknown speed, the horn became inoperable and the service engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 148,230.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 112006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
The door adjar sensor light stays on. All doors are shut but light stays on.when this light is on the interior lights stay on and also the automatic door locks will not lock. This problem causes the battery to run down and also for children to be able to open car doors when moving because the doors will not lock. I have taken the bulbs from the interior out to prevent running battery down. Have not been able to replace sensors in doors.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #10

Mar 052005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,598 miles
1998 Ford Taurus station wagon began low power acelerating at stop times 2. a third incident occured from a complete stop with foot on brakes an this time it could not be stopped with both feet on breaks. It ran for about 75 feet and then quit on its own. Took to local Ford delears ship and they could find nothing wrong with my car. I asked if this were common and was told they never heard of such thing. Keep car two days I contacted the Taurus club of americal at their web line and it seems there have been many incidents such as this and they called it surging.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #9

Oct 272004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I'm not sure why this problem is happening. Whenever I push the button to let my windows up, turn off my read defrost, or hold any buttons too long the battery light will flash. I was driving down the highway and I turned off my rear defrost and my battery light flashed, then my head lights went out and my car almost shut down, then the lights came back on. The next day, it was night time, and I saw another Taurus do the same thing. Being that time is changing and I need my head lights, I would hate to have an accident due to the fact I cant see. I have had my car checked to see if the alternator or battery was going out, but all the checks were good. Please help with this problem.

- Pulaski, TN, USA

problem #8

Oct 142003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Turn signals would only work at times. Sometimes they would start to blink/illuminate. Then, stop before the turn was complete, and sometimes they will not blink at all. This was a very common problem on many late 1990 Ford.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #7

Mar 122003

Taurus

  • miles
While driving and with no warning the door ajar light comes on intermittently. Consumer has made contact with the dealership.

- Monticello, AR, USA

problem #6

May 072003

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The headlights remained on at all times, even when the fuse was removed. Dealer notified.

- Knob Noster, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 072003

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
The interior lights stayed on after the motor was turned off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that there would be a charge to look at the vehicle. The consumer had to disconnect the lights so the battery won't go dead.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 222003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Interior lights remain on when driving (over head and rear compartment plus the courtesy lights on the floor), locks do not automatically lock.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003

Taurus

  • miles
When the hazard lights were turned on, all the lights failed.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 162001

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dome and door lights continuously stay on. Dealer replaced driver door switch. But problem reoccured in addition to the warning bell chiming when keys are in ignition with the doors closed. Dealer notified.

- Pain, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 151999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
We connected the immersionblock heater at 9:00, Mar 2. at about 8:30. Mar 3, wwe discovered our car had caught fire and burned, the front end being demolished: The engine burned th rough, much of the front end being melted. Roen Ford personnel state the cuase to be "unidentified" but suggest the cause might be a short in the electrical system, perhaps the block heater.

- River Falls, WI, USA

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