Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Paradise (N-Central Florida)
Intermittant power loss
I have a 2001 Taurus. I really like tha car, so I'd prefer to fix it rather than listen to it slowly rust into oblivian.
The car starts and idles fine, and while it is cold, runs like a champ.
After the car warms up, and gets down the road ten or so miles, it loses power and slows dramatiacally. That is not to say that the engine stops running, but that it cannot maintain normal operating RPM, and slows to a crawl (less than five miles an hour). After the car sits for a while with the engine off, I can start it up and go about a mile down the road, sometimes less, before the symptoms re-appear. That sounds thermally related. I diagnosed a failed cooling fan (primary, no spin when directly connected to power), but replacing that did not cure the problem.
I've not pulled the codes, as I do not have a code reader, but am working on rectifying that within a week.
I am wondering if anyone here might have a good notion as to what the problem with my Taurus might be.