> Just went to the dealer for service because my check engine was blinking
> when the car is idling and staying on solid when the car is moving. The car
> was bought in July 2001 and has 54,000 miles on it. The car is a 24V DHOC
> 2001 Taurus. Here is the report from the service dept.
> "Customer states check engine light on per SBDS diagnosis and servicing code
> P0304. Cylinder number 4 has 65 lbs compression and should be 120 or more.
> We do not recommend any plug wire, spark plug or Coil Pack work done until
> the compression concern is addressed."
> They then told me they would have to take apart the engine to see what is
> wrong. The cost just to find out what is wrong would be $800. They
> indicated I might need the engine replaced ($7,000). I have kept up with
> the maintenance of the car with most of the oil changes performed at this
> Any ideas what I can do? I contacted Ford Customer Service (800) 392-3673
> who then contacted the dealer. I then spoke to the dealer who told me it
> would still cost $800 to determine what is wrong with the car and after they
> find out they will try to contact Ford and get Ford to help pay for the cost
> of repairs, but there is no guarantee that Ford will help.
> Thanks in advance.
I am not a mechanic, but you need to take this car to a local shop.
They should be able to determine if the valves or rings are your problem
by doing a compression check and using a little motor oil. It sounds
like they are getting ready to buy a new boat.
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