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Check Engine Light On Problems of Ford Taurus - part 1

Ford Taurus owners have reported 46 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Ford Taurus 1
Failure Date: 08/07/2017

The Ford Taurus x has 57,945 miles on it. Two times while driving the vehicle on the interstate highway the dash showed all zeros and the car lost power. The check engine light came on. The car exhibited slow acceleration and unusual shifting. I took it and had the obd code read. The code indicated that it was a speed sensor in the transmission (p720). The code was reset and the car is currently being driven. It happened twice within a two-week period. I own two 2008 Ford Taurus and it happened on the same day to both of them. I will be filing incident information on the other vehicle too.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Ford Taurus 2
Failure Date: 08/07/2017

The Ford Taurus sel has 237,836 miles on it. Two times while driving the vehicle on the interstate highway then on a county road the dash showed all zeros and the car lost power. The check engine light came on. The car exhibited slow acceleration and unusual shifting. I took it and had the obd code read. The code indicated that it was a speed sensor in the transmission (p720). The code was reset and the car is currently being driven. It happened twice within a two-week period. I own two 2008 Ford Taurus and it happened on the same day to both of them. I will be filing incident information on the other vehicle too.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 3
Failure Date: 04/13/2017

I was driving home from work, traveling uphill when my 2011 Taurus sho sputtered and quickly lost power for more than 5 sec. While I was accelerating. This is not the first time something like this has happened to me. I am glad there wasn't anyone driving behind me because I'm sure they would have rear-ended me. Once I regained control of my vehicle, I noticed my check engine light came on. The car was shaking and sputtering as it was trying to make it up the rest of the hill. The check engine light started to blink. By the time I made it to the top of the hill the vehicle seemed better but I knew from experience it was in limp mode. I made it home safely driving as carefully as I could. I did notice the car shook much more when I slowed down to stop for stop-signs, almost like it was going to stall. I even ran a couple signs because I wanted to make it home, safely. I called the dealership gus johnson Ford immediately to schedule an appointment. I took it in, my service advisor called me days later and said he advised I put a whole new engine in my car. Cylinder #4 misfiring, found leak that is causing low compression. He said they could tear apart the motor and inspect further but doing a complete engine assembly could cost upwards around $10,000. I was paralyzed! I found other stories and complaints just like mine when I came here to NHTSA. If Ford was, or still is aware of any defects to the engine through manufacturing or bad design that may cause loss of power, shaking, shuddering, sputtering, stalling, loss-of-power during acceleration, they should be held responsible before someone is seriously injured.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Taurus 4
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

Car stalls at red lights/stop signs. Even when put in park at a stop. Car will restart. No check engine light. No warning.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Ford Taurus 5
Failure Date: 09/21/2016

Operating car in normal driving conditions. Check engine light began to blink and engine began to shake. Car continued to operate at 60 mph. Car was driven to dealership for repairs. At dealership learned fuel injector was stuck open dumping raw gas into the engine and exhaust systems. Appears to me to be a very dangerous operating condition.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Taurus 6
Failure Date: 07/18/2016

Problems occurred 2x - 07/16th and 07/18/2016 - while travel at highway speed, 70mph, acceleration ceased - check engine, airbag and service lights came on, have to pull over, shut-off the engine, restart, drive for 1 more problems reoccur again. Drove the vehicle to Ford dealer with check engine light remains. Vehicles was purchased 04/15/2016 had 216 miles on the title. . . Currently has 9,650 miles.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

Had throttle related issues that were supposedly "repaired" at the dealer which are still present. The vehicle accelerates by itself and shows a wrench icon on the dashboard with a check engine light on. If the vehicle is put on drive it moves by itself as if one were pressing on the gas pedal. This is a possible safety issue that could possible kill someone or even get me killed while driving the vehicle (which I don't). Right now it's at the dealer and had to be towed away since the vehicle couldn't be moved.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 8
Failure Date: 06/17/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle vibrated, stalled, and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,467.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Ford Taurus 9
Failure Date: 03/05/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus x. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition coils on cylinders 3 and 5 had melted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition coils on cylinders 3 and 5 had melted yet again and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure persisted and the vehicle was taken to a dealer but had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 166,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus 10
Failure Date: 02/18/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. After starting the engine, the rpms revved extremely high. On several occasions, the engine would not start and the check engine light illuminated. The cause of the failures was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 200,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1996 Ford Taurus 11
Failure Date: 01/25/2016

I recently brought the car for 4,00 and some change a bout a year ago two days after I brought it the check engine light came on and every now and then while driving it would cut off I took the car back to the place I brought it from and told them they told me to bring it back in I would have to leave it so I got some one to follow me and take me back home when I went to pick up the car it was running but by the time I got home the check engine light was back on. Then the defrost didn't work I took it back to them. That's when the air condictioner stop working I just quit complain the car ran pretty smooth although the check engine light stayed on . I went to start my car one night and it wouldn't start so I went and brought so heet I thoght because it was cold out side it is winter I begin hear a hiss llike some air is excaping from somewhere under the hood but yo hear it inside the car like a lot of static. It time for me to get a tuneup now the car really runs sluggish and turns off more often and you can't turn the wheels so that is spooky I had the check light checked out and they said it was my lean sensor too much air is getting into the gasoline and that has something to do with the catalyic converter.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 12
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that after refueling and driving at 40 mph, the vehicle jerked and then stalled. The check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the sensor in the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 13
Failure Date: 02/26/2015

Hello good morning I have a 2011 Ford Taurus sel and while going up a hill my car shut off while my keys were still in the ignition. My steering locked, check engine and low oil lights went on. The only thing I could do was apply brakes to the car and place it in park. I shut off the car and opened the hood to see if anything looked out of place. I checked my engine oil levels and that seemed fine. I closed the hood and turned the car back on. No check engine light or low oil? I haven't had a problem since but it seemed like an extremely dangerous situation. I see there are several complaints about the same issue.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus 14
Failure Date: 05/09/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle was accelerating when the brakes were engaged. The check engine light illuminated after the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000 and the current mileage was 135,040. Sr.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Ford Taurus 15
Failure Date: 12/31/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the engine stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 49,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Ford Taurus 16
Failure Date: 10/22/2012

I was driving down the interstate when the car started running real choppy and misfiring. I got the car to a safe destination. After restarting the vehicle, there was a tremendous amount of white smoke coming from the exhaust. I was able to get it to our nearest Ford dealership. Prior to this incident there were no check engine lights, no problems passing emissions, just no signs that anything was wrong. This is a 2 year old vehicle purchased brand new from the dealership. Ford has bragged about this engine being a premier engine, top notch eco boost turbo charged and for us to have to replace it after two years of driving is insane. We have vehicles older than this 2010 Taurus sho, one with 100,000(chevy 2006), another with 150, 000(Honda 2004), and another with 60,000(Mitsubishi 2003) that have given us no problems. Ford has not lived up to their claims on this car. The dealership said that one of the cylinders had a compression of 0 and that we needed an engine replacement. They never took the engine apart, they just did a diagnostic. I called the customer service line at Ford and complained immediately after finding out that we were going to need an engine. They quoted a price of $6800 to replace the engine. After providing our service records, Ford offered to help us with some of the cost but we were still out of pocket almost $5000. Warning to consumers, this car, even though I loved driving it, I would not recommend it to anyone! we paid close to $50,000 for this car. If you dare to risk buying this car you better get the extended warranty because you just may need it. A big disappointment. Supposedly Ford sent our engine to be examined closely. I hope they find out what the real problem is because I would not want anyone to have to go through what we did. We will not be buying any Ford vehicles ever again!!!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus 17
Failure Date: 02/17/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the rpms would increase to 4000 and the engine warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. A local mechanic changed the fuel filter, but the failure recurred. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact also stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Djr.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Taurus 19
Failure Date: 08/17/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. While driving up hill the vehicle lost power. The motor made a noise the check engine light illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the garage where the spark plugs and wires were replaced, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, the diagnostic test located the failure at the head gasket. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and the current mileage were 57,200.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Taurus 20
Failure Date: 06/14/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated shortly after purchasing the used vehicle, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer and the check engine light was reset. The check engine light illuminated once more and the dealer disengaged the check engine fuse. The dealer also recommended replacing two spark plugs that were contaminated by water. The contact declined, she wanted to have a proper diagnostic test performed on the vehicle but the dealer would not allow it. The contact was concerned that if there was an engine failure in the future, she would not receive any warning due to the check engine warning light fuse being deactivated. The failure mileage was approximately 69,000 and the current was unknown.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Ford Taurus 21
Failure Date: 07/16/2009

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. The vehicle would occasionally exhibit a no-start condition. She also noticed the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 167000. Updated 12/7/09 the consumer stated the engine would become excessively hot. Updated 12/08/jb.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 22
Failure Date: 12/12/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the cam sensor was replaced. Approximately 5 months later the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic where the cam sensor was again replaced. The failure recurred again and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the cam sensor was reset. The failure has not recurred. Approximately 1 year later while driving at approximately 20 mph the front passenger side tire blew out. Upon examining the vehicle the contact noticed the coil spring was broken and pierced the tire. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the front passenger side coil spring was replaced. The contact also stated that approximately 2 months later while attempting to operate the vehicle it would not shift into gear and would not move. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where it was in the process of being diagnosed. The failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 90,600.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Taurus 23
Failure Date: 07/09/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer because the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. He was informed that the rear coil spring failed. The contact paid $350 for the repair; however, his extended warranty paid for some of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 09/16/08. Updated 09/18/08.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus 24
Failure Date: 06/14/2008

Purchased car as fourth owner (according to carfax report) on Saturday 31 may 2008. The following Thursday the car began to act as though it was going to cut out and the abs and brake system lights flashed and sounded. The lights and a/c were typically surging. Car was inspected that Friday by dealers mechanic of choice. He put the computer to the car and it read all 6 stator coils were bad. He reset the computer and drove it trying to get the car to act up again and it did not. Today, Saturday 14 Jun 2008, the car did it again and the engine light stayed on. Dealers mechanic was closed so I had someone else check it and they got the same reading with this message: p0606 pcm processor fault. Mechanic told me this was the computer. My car has 80,710 miles on it. Is this a normal failure? were there any recalls?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Taurus 25
Failure Date: 06/01/2008

During starting of car, ran very rough and engine light came on. It was discovered there was no compression in cylinder #1due to a broken valve spring in the engine. Oil was always changed about every 3000 mi. With no previous engine problems.

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