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Engine Shut Off Without Warning Problems of Ford Taurus - part 1

Ford Taurus owners have reported 36 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 1
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

The car shuts off while I am driving. There is no power steering and no nothing. Each time I have been able to get off the road and each time the car starts right back up no problems but I am afraid of what may happen the next time. This has happened at different speeds and different times of the year. The first few times I took it to the dealership they said they could not find a problem. This last time they gave me a loaner car to drive while they take a deeper look into the problem.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 2
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

Was driving at 65 mph on highway when I tried to accelerate nothing happened and I noticed all dash lights were on. I coasted to shoulder, shifted to park and pushed ignition button and it restarted. This has happened 5 other times and luckily there was a shoulder available, but the holman Ford dealership, (who is the only one who has ever serviced the car), says they have no idea what the problem is. It was a very dangerous situation and I noticed gm had similar problem and recalled autos due to death!! I have been lucky but now fear this car, after 5 times. It is not a stall. It just shuts off.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus 3
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

Over the past three weeks, the engine would quit running while driving on the road. I took the car into the Ford dealership on 9/16/13 and the problem has not been found. This happened 5 times over a 3 week peroid. I can't be driving this car on the highway and have the engine shut down. I am afraid of this car. I have keep up all maintance required at the local Ford dealership, the milage is low for the year of the car. I have all the receipts for maintance and repairs since buying the car in 2007.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2008 Ford Taurus 4
Failure Date: 04/09/2013

I was taking my son to physical therapy for a stroke he had. The car just shut off. I had to find a place pull over and coast to a stop. After sitting for a few minutes, I started the car and we went on without further incident. However, over the past year and a half, it has shut off on me in the middle of traffic several times. No one could find the answer until recently. We replaced a censor in the transmission and hope that fixes it. I could have been seriously hurt or killed on the occasions that the car shut off in traffic. We recently learned that Ford knew about the problem. Our transmission date is September 2007, which is in the time frame Ford says they knew the problem existed. I think Ford should be made to pay for the parts and labor it caused us.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 5
Failure Date: 12/10/2011

Just hours after routine oil and filter change, I pulled out onto the highway, accelerating to access the roadway at a reasonable speed of traffic. The engine began to slow, and then stopped completely. . . . . No power, nothing!!!! I was almost rear-ended and catapulted into oncoming traffic. The dealership was contacted and brought the car in, where the service manager said the engine shut down was caused by an insect that "got thru" the screen on the air filter valve(?) and attached itself to the filament that reads and adjusts the air/gas mix. The system couldn't read it and the engine "automatically shut down". This is a huge safety risk. . . . How can an engine be shut down by an insect, regardless of auto speed, location etc etc etc. Any "automatic" engine shutdown is an inexcusable design flaw and should be corrected before there is a fatality. . . . It was almost my fatality. The service manager also said this was "only the second time" he had seen this problem in the Taurus.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 6
Failure Date: 01/10/2011

First incident: pulled up to a stop sign and the car shut down. Second incident: driving on the highway and the car shut down. Third incident: pulled up to a stop light and the car shut down.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2006 Ford Taurus 7
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

Vehicle accelerates by itself while driving and hard to brake, need to tap the gas pedal, neutral in order to stop the vehicle. . Also vehicle shuts down by itself while driving around 40 mph hard to control vehicle. . . Scare to drive vehicle specially with my kids. . . .

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2006 Ford Taurus 8
Failure Date: 09/18/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving, the lights on the instrument panel flashed and all power in the vehicle shut off suddenly. The vehicle completely shut off at least four times. Sometimes the vehicle would restart and other times it had to be towed to an authorized dealer where a fuel pump was replaced. The failure continued; the dealers were unable to find the cause of the problem or to provide a remedy; the vehicle was also taken to a repair shop where the contact was informed that the problem was unable to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was approximately 70,000. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2002 Ford Taurus 9
Failure Date: 08/18/2010

¿model year : 2002 make: Ford model: Taurus se component*: car just shuts off at rest and lately in the middle of driving. Cranks right back up but this is dangerous. Have taken to different mechanics but no one seems to know what it is or how to fix the issue. The rpm bobs and the engine stops if at rest(stop light) or will just shut off when turning a corner or even while on interstate. This is a hazard. There are several Ford Taurus owners who are experiencing the same issue if you goggle "Ford Taurus shuts off" everyone is seeking a resolution through forum. This is a safety hazard and I am afraid to drive because I never know when it will shut off. Please do something about this.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Ford Taurus 10
Failure Date: 06/02/2010

While driving car on 2 occasions engine shuts off around 40 mph. Pull car over to side of road and restarts; taken to dealership and both times no codes are recorded.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 1997 Ford Taurus 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

The contact owns 1997 Ford Taurus. The contact stated as he was driving at 65mph the cam shaft fail. The cam shaft slipped into the motor where everything just shuts down. The warning light illuminated and then the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told he had to replace the motor. The failure mileage was 119,000.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Ford Taurus 12
Failure Date: 03/24/2009

On one occasion, driving 40 mph, slightly down hill, coasting, when engine shut off. Restarted engine while moving, after shifting to neutral. Took to dealer, no diagnostic codes found in computer.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Ford Taurus 13
Failure Date: 02/09/2009

On 2 occasions about a week apart, driving 40 mph, down hill, coasting (foot off the gas completely), when engine shut off. First time stalled in r lane and I was able to restart. Second time I restarted engine while moving. Will take to dealer.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2002 Ford Taurus 14
Failure Date: 11/11/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. While the contact was drving 30 mph . The vehicle suddenly shut off without warning. While the contact was attempting to pull to the side of the road the driver side seat broke off from the bottom of it's base causing the contact to crash into a nearby wall. The contact was injured during the crash. A police report was filed for the incident. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact had the brakes, struts, ball joints and instrument panel replaced. The failure and current mileages were 68000.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The vehicle shut off while driving 70 mph in germany. A private mechanic stated that the valve spring failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact to notify a Ford dealer in germany. The dealer stated that because the vehicle was not repaired by a Ford dealer, they would be unable to inspect the vehicle or the part that was replaced. The dealer information was unknown. The current mileage was 78,000 and failure mileage was 77,000.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2006

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle would shut off. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic, but he also could not identify the failure. The mechanic reprogrammed the pcm to the latest calibration level, which was recommended, but that did not solve the issue. The contact feels that the vehicle is unsafe to drive because it shuts off and could cause a crash. The current mileage was 57,000 and failure mileage was 42,000. Updated 1/8/09 updated 01/14/09.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus 17
Failure Date: 04/06/2005

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle shut off without warning in the middle of the road. The speed was unknown. She had to shift into park and restart the vehicle. The failure has occurred continuously since the vehicle was purchased in 2005. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer over five times. They stated that a "ghost" was causing the failure and could not assist. The vehicle continues to shut off without warning. The failure mileage was 14,000 and current mileage was 62,000.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus 18
Failure Date: 04/13/2004

My 2003 Ford Taurus se; has had a rough idle and rough running when slowing down to stop and when stopped. The engine will act like it is running out of fuel, some times it will just shutdown with no warning. Usually happens under 40 mph. Vehicle is maintained by a Ford dealer, and has all filters changed before the scheduled time. Also has had transmission fluid changed twice in 60,000 miles along with coolant change as directed by Ford. Dealer says that rough idle and hesitation is normal for this v6 engine. But I see that other Ford and Mazda vehicles using this engine are having same problem. Also have had to replace all 4 continental 215x60x16 tires due to explosive blowout between 35000 miles and 55,000 miles.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2000 Ford Taurus 19
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

While driving, the engine shut off, and the power steering failed. Dealer notified. The vehicle stalled on declaration and stalled when slowing down to turn into the driveway. The had to put the gear shift back into idle and turn the key to start.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 20
Failure Date: 07/03/2003

While driving 45 mph vehicle shut off. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not determine the problem.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2000 Ford Taurus 21
Failure Date: 06/21/2003

When trying to accelerate the vehicle shut off. The vehicle was towed to an independent auto repair shop. The gaskets were rusted which caused oil and coolant to get into the engine. The engine had to be replaced.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 1997 Ford Taurus 22
Failure Date: 02/01/2003

The vehicle shut down due to a hole inside of plug of the engine compartment causing fuel to leak. Please fill in additional information. Dealer is aware of the problem. Ph.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 1996 Ford Taurus 23
Failure Date: 10/02/2002

While driving 60mph the engine shut down causing lost of power steering. Add any additional information. Ts.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 1998 Ford Taurus 24
Failure Date: 07/21/2001

Proceeding down the street and the engine shut off and the tires locked and the brakes failed. Could not stop or steer, hit a pole.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2000 Ford Taurus 25
Failure Date: 08/20/2000

While driving car starts to buck a little, and then motor shuts down. When this happens, consumer loses brakes/steering, and everything just shuts down.

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