I have 2 problems on my '94 Taurus GL 3.8L that has been pissing me off up to a point that I want to blow up the car. As a bonus, whoever suggests an idea and solves any of the two problems, I will paypal you or send you $10 as a token of my appreciation.
1st problem: My Taurus runs way too hot, especially in the summer and when going up hill. I know under these conditions, your temp is suppose to go up but it is always at around 2/3 of the way up from HOT. When I am driving in the city, the temp also gets really high. It has only overheated once and i fixed that by changing a broken hose. I constantly change the coolant, changed the thermostat twice (to make sure), change hoses, changed radiator cap, and the next thing i have plan is a new aluminium radiator. I know 3.8L has problems with the head gasket but I had the head gasket checked and everything is fine. Any ideas anyone?
2nd problem: This happened twice, the first time it "magically" fixed it self and today the problem came back. When I started my car today, the engine started up but once it started up, the car shut off (stalled). When I keep starting it, it starts for a few seconds and then dies. IF i start the engine and press on the gas pedel, the car stays on and does not shut off. BUt when I press on the pedel for about 2 minutes (let it rev up) and then release it then the engine still dies. Today, when i started up the car, i stepped on the gas and then shift it to drive. I drove it around the block without releasing the gas pedel (this is harder than you think). Once i got around the block, when i release the pedal, the car no longer stalled. It runs fine now for the past 5 hours.
First one to suggest something and SOLVES the probem, I will send them $10. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
email me or post something on this forum and we will see how it goes. (Dont worry, I am good for the $10). Right now, I think $10 is worth more than my Taurus.