How to make add your own MP3 jack in a Ford Taurus.
Thanks to this article by Alfred L. Poy: http://sio.midco.net/skyeg/Taurus%20Line-in%20html/Line-in%20instructions.html
This can be done with an Taurus between 1996 thru 2007. Check wiring diagrams for your year to make sure you are going to the correct wires.
Taurus Part 28: iPod Hardwire part 2
Part 2 of the MP3 jack tape player tap-in mod. Watch part 1 first!
Thanks to this article:
How To Install A Ford Aux Input Into The Stock Premium Stereo
Tutorial on integrating a line in 3.5mm jack into a OEM Ford Premium (non-amplified) factory radio. Requires about $9 in parts and basic electronic skills. This will work on many Ranger, Mustang, F150, Explorer and Taurus Audio systems from 1989 to 2001 . Listen to your ipod on the stock system! Only works with the externally amplified / JBL configuration.
Taurus Log 20: Replacing the ICP (Head Unit)
My tape player hasn't worked in a while and I want to be able to hook up my old iPod Shuffle via tape deck adapter again, so i got a junkyard ICP (Integrated Control Panel, which is Ford's name for it because it includes sound system and HVAC controls, most people call it a Head Unit).
I'm going to show you how to replace it. It's quite easy and swapping a stock unit with another stock unit is simply plug and play. Hopefully, the tape player in this one will work.
Edit: RCU actually stands for "Rear Chassis Unit", not "Radio Control Unit" (although it is part of the audio system).
Taurus Log 27: Part 2 (failure)
I took on a job that was too big for a beginner to do in the driveway.
Oh well, there's a few mistakes I won't make next time I guess.
Chrysler Dodge AUX Input for MP3 players
Have a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle with a cd changer?
Here's an easy way to add an aux input for a mp3 player.
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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2002 Ford Taurus - etrailer.com
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today we are going to be installing wiring harness part number 118375 on a 2002 Ford Taurus. We are inside the trunk area here, and we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting location for the wiring harness. The plugs for the harness are actually located behind the tail lights, behind the interior paneling here. To gain access to these plugs we need to remove this back threshold piece, which is held in with two thumbscrews, one on each side here, and then three push plugs as well. So when we go ahead and remove that piece, that will allow us to pull back the felt here and gain access to the plugs. So we are going to go ahead and do that now.
And with all the fasteners removed we just need to pull up on the threshold piece, because there are some push pins in here as well. And again, with that removed, we can easily pull back the felt now. And you can see, right there is the plug for our T-harness. So the next step is we want to go ahead and disconnect both plugs and plug our T-harness in line. And you can see here, there is a little clip, right here on the side, and we just want to pull that out and then pull the plug right out. And, with the plugs disconnected, we can go ahead and plug our T-harness in line. The plugs with the yellow and brown wire are going to go over on the drivers side. And then the plug with the green wire will go over to the passengers side.
As you can see, we have got quite a bit of loose wire here. You may want to take some zip-ties and go ahead and zip-tie the green wire along the wire harness here. We are actually going to leave the plug inside the trunk area. As you can see, we are just going to leave the harness left over here to the side, and then when you go to use it, you can go ahead and pull it out of the trunk area here and you can close the trunk onto the harness. It is not going to hurt anything the weatherstripping will keep it from being pinched. And then again, when it is not in use, it is nice and weather-safe inside the trunk here. And that will conclude the installation of wiring harness part number 118375 on a 2002 Ford Taurus.
Will it die? Ford Taurus log part 1
I've been going to school for Automechanics, so I've decided to start this video series.
Basically, I have a somewhat beat up '96 Ford Taurus. A lot of people say Tauruses suck. Even I said it when I first had this. But after I started taking care of it, it didn't have frequent problems like when I first bought it.
It's got over 114,000 miles on it right now. I want to see if it will last until I get out of school, and can secure myself a good job somewhere as an Entry Level Technician.
Along the way, I'll make more videos to show you how to do some basic maintenence on your car as well as show how some repairs are done (though, hopefully I won't need to do too many repairs).
In my next video, I'll show you how the side of my car is beat up, and the strange noise the drivers window makes due to the damage on the door.
Taurus Log 9: Sounds Nice
While I was fixing my Exhaust I decided to start the car to hear what it sounded like without the muffler. It's still going through the cats, but it sounds really nice for a V6. It almost sounds like a V8 (not really like one, but kinda). If only the engine had the power to match the sound...
My car has the Vulcan engine. The DOHC Duratec won't sound the same.
Taurus Log 12: Clear Headlights again!
I tried out Meguiar's PlastX on my headlights. It worked great to get rid of the oxidation!
Directions: Clean off headlights first, I didn't though, so it's not 100% necessary. Apply PlastX using some type of foam applicator, such as the foam tire cleaner that I use. Wipe vigourously in circles for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, use a clean Terry cloth to wipe away all the residue. If the headlights are really bad, apply more than once. Only for use on plastic! Don't use on glass headlights!
Meguiar's PlastX: $6.50
Foam Applicator: $1.00
Pack of 3 Terry Cloths: $2.00
You'll have plenty left over in the bottle too.
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Road Test
Can you drift a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO like Nascar racer Carl Edwards does in the commercial? I tried and couldn't. This press car didn't have the ESC button in the center console to disable the stability management system so try as I might, the car would never get sideways.
I did however find out how great this car is at being a world class sedan. Around town and in the canyons, this 4400 pound vehicle feels flat out nimble.
It's also pretty fast, 0-60 in 5.2 seconds will get your attention and the immensely capable all wheel drive system, huge brakes and fantastic suspension will keep it.
I'll go on record for loving the eco-Boost engine platform. The 3.5L Twin turbo V6 is only mildly laggy at the low end but more than makes up for that once it starts to rev. The practical side is that you could use all 365 horsepower in this car and still manage fuel mileage in the mid 20's and then on the highway settle in at about 30 MPG.
Would I own one, heck yes...as long as it had that ESC button in the center console to disable the stability management systems so that I could four wheel drift the tires off the thing.