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Old 10-04-2003, 11:34   #1 (permalink)
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1997 Ford Taurus multiple problems

I've got some problems with my wife's 1997 Taurus GL I'd like to fix before we sell it.

1. Intermittant problem: Door ajar light stays on when all of the doors are secure. While it is on, the driver's door lock will not lock. You hit the power lock, and it locks, then pops back up. Also, the automatic door locks (when you switch into drive) won't work with the door ajar lamp on.

2. Turn signals and hazard lamps not working. I've checked both fuses, and they are both good. I'm figuring all 4 bulbs didn't burn out at the same time....

3. HORRIBLE
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Old 10-04-2003, 11:35   #2 (permalink)
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3. HORRIBLE spark knock almost all the time. And bad mileage (17-18). I've replaced the plugs and wires to no avail.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-06-2003, 21:40   #3 (permalink)
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Hi-I've got the same problem with a 96 Taurus wgn. Turn Signal and hazard light fuses are OK. Maybe the turn signal/hazard light delay relay? But, I can't find the relay.

If you get a response to your question would you pass it on to me? Please?
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Old 10-09-2003, 13:46   #4 (permalink)
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I fixed the problem. The Ford place told me how to. I replaced the fuse and relay but that did not work. I had to purchase the actual turn signal switch. Pull the old one off the stering column and replace it. Problem went away. The Ford place said this was common. This was for a 1997 Taurus SHO.

Ask your local dealer about problems with the switch. The contact in the switch breaks and makes the other lights malfunction.

Let me know if this helps..

Kyle
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Old 03-11-2004, 10:32   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Ford Taurus multiple problems

I am having the same problem with my 1996 Ford Taurus GL station wagon, where intermittantly the door ajar light stays on when all of the doors are secure. While it is on, the driver's door lock will not lock. You hit the power lock, and it locks, then pops back up. This means that the dome light and interior lights in the doors remain on while driving or even after parking and leaving the car, which is obviously a worry in terms of running the battery down. Sometimes the lights will go off after a while either driving or parked but sometimes not. Has anyone any ideas, I have currently removed the bulbs from the door and dome lights but really would like to fix the problem permanently.
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Re: 1997 Ford Taurus multiple problems

BSP3KS: I posted an answer for you in the other thread you made. But here it is again. Cut and pasted.

Inexpensive and temporary way to fix: Simply spray in a lot of WD-40, Break-Free, or some other penatrating lubricant into the opening in the door where the latch is located, then open and close the door 20 to 30 times.

Some cost involved and perminant way to fix: Replace the switch/sensor in the door. You should be able to purchase the part at Ford for less than $10.00 and if you do not want to do it yourself you can pay a body shop less than $20 to put it in. It is not that hard to replace yourself if you have the tools.
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3. HORRIBLE spark knock almost all the time. And bad mileage (17-18). I've replaced the plugs and wires to no avail.

Thanks for any help!
I've got a spark knock with mine as well. Replaced plugs and reprogrammed the ECM. There's actually a Ford 1999 tech bulletin out for 1996-97 models for spark knock. Might want to check it out. Tech bulletin recommends to have dealer reprogram ECM with updated settings. Maybe helped me some but didn't stop the knock. Still a nuisance. I've concluded that it's a mechanical situation now. Gas mileage has been normal though. Not going to chase ($) the knock problem anymore unless something fails.
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ok i have a 97 taurus lx dohc, i got the ac fixed last year costed me 1900.00 neways i go to use it this year and nothing, well it comes on sometimes, and the blower comes on sometimes, if i hit the switch its pops on for a few, is there a relay for the ac? and where is it? could it be the switch? i am at a lose and of course my warrenty is up, UGH someone pls help me thanks so much
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BSP3KS: Replace the switch/sensor in the door. You should be able to purchase the part at Ford for less than $10.00 and if you do not want to do it yourself you can pay a body shop less than $20 to put it in. It is not that hard to replace yourself if you have the tools.
Where is that switch? Is it a simple contact switch or something more sophisiticated? I ask that because I looked for it and didn't see it. How do I get access to the switch or is that evident once I know the location?

BTW, I am having exactly the same intermittant "door ajar" light problem that some of the other people report.
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Old 12-16-2006, 23:15   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Ford Taurus multiple problems

The switch is located within the latch mechanism. I had the same problem, sprayed some CRC lubricant and problems solved.
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