DIY 1999 Ford Taurus Duratec 3.0 Repairs...Finally!
OK, Finally tuned up the Taurus. As I stated in my earlier video, the car
has run on the original wires, plugs, fuel filter, trans filter, etc up to
It started hesitating last week when if got a little warmer outside. Well,
it was time for a complete tune up. The trans had also been shifting funny,
kind of hunting around for gears, in and out of overdrive and stuff like
I started out by checking out what transmission it had and also my plan of
attack for getting the rear three spark plugs out. There is just no room
even for my hand not to mention a wrench or socket!
I gathered up my parts Friday for $120. This was for 6 Premium Autolite
Platinum Plugs, Premium 8mm Wire Set, Tube of Sealing Grease, Transmission
Filter and Gasket, 7 Quarts of Transmission Fluid, and a Fuel Filter.
I started the job Friday after work. I pulling the plenum off after
disconnecting the EGR valve, the air intake boot, and some wires and hoses.
6 small bolts and the intake lifted right off. Once out of the way, I
started changing the plugs along the front of the engine and then the rear
plugs. I put the old wires back on the plugs to change them later so as not
to mix them up. I then changed the wires and transferred the heat collars
from the old wires to the new wires. I finished that job in about two
hours. That's all I did Friday.
Saturday morning I started cleaning the intake runners and plenum. That was
a BIG job and took about 4 hours. I used a shop vac, some STP spray
cleaner, an air hose, a bunch of rags,and my die grinder with a polishing
stone. The gunk was about 1/16" think and very stubborn to remove. I had to
scrap and grind and spray and polish. I got is as clean as I thought it
needed. I also used the die grinder on the intake plenum and polished off
the rough casting marks as far as I could reach up into the plenum. It
smoothed out pretty good and should help smooth out air flow into the
intake with less drag. That means more volume and more power and better gas
mileage! Once cleaned, I installed the new Felpro intake gaskets and put
the plenum back on. Re-assembly was no big deal.
I then moved on to the transmission fluid and filter. I started by
loosening the rear pan bolts and worked my way up each side slowly as the
fluid drained out the back of the pan. I dropped the pan, pulled the filter
and inspected what I could see. Overall, the transmission and pan weren't
too bad. I expected worse after so many miles! The filter was definitely
heavy with sediment and the round magnet in the pan had filings on it as
expected. Hence the reason for the magnet in the first place. I cleaned up
the mating surfaces, installed the new filter which basically just pushes
into the opening, no tools or screws required (make sure you remove the old
filter gasket first!), and reused the factory pan gasket. I snugged it down
and re-filled the trans. It took all 7 quarts to fill it. I started and
ran it long enough to get it down off the ramps so I could check the fluid
on a level surface.
The fuel filter was the easiest job to do. Just pull the white two prong
clips from the slots on the hose fittings on either side of the filter and
then the lines will pull right off the filter. Be careful, there may still
be pressure on the line so wear glasses and have a catch pan ready for the
residual gas. I loosened the strap, pulled the old filter, put the new
filter in and reinstalled the lines and clips, they push right in with your
That's it. That was the whole job. It took me about 6 hours all together.
It would have took less time if I didnt clean the intake so well but as
long as you have it apart that far, why wouldnt you?
I test drove the car Sunday morning and it was running good but was missing
on occasion. I realized that there was probably some grease left in the one
spark plug boot. This is sealing lube for the coil pack boot tips to keep
moisture out but it is non-conductive. I had put it in the first plug wire
boot and then realized I might have a problem so I wiped it out best I
could. Well, there was still some in there so I cleaned it out again and
the it fixed the problem.
The car shifts a little better, runs alot smoother, and has more power. The
new plugs alone made a big difference!
So, what I am trying to show you here is that you CAN do these jobs with
simple hand tools and a little patience. I am going to guess that if I took
the car to a garage to have everything done to it that I did, it would have
cost me $800 or more, easy!! So, dont be afraid to tackle these small
projects. It will help to understand your vehicle more and its actually
enjoyable and you know its done right when you are finished.
Thanks for watching and please ask me any questions that I might have left
out and leave a comment and rate.
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Tapetes de carpete bordado, ar condicionado digital, direção hidráulica,
teto solar elétrico, aquecedores dos bancos dianteiros, controle de
tração, computador de bordo, alarme, rodas de liga-leve original aro
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