I'd like to give a BIG warning about the water shield that sits above
the filter. I have a 2000 Sable, and some Jiffy Lube goons broke off a
section of the shield. When it rained, water now dripped DIRECTLY into the
filter, and eventually into the car. There is a flexible section that
needs to bend sharply and fit in a narrow space to the side of the filter.
If you are not careful, it can be easily torn off.
I think the filter is standard in higher-line versions, unless Ford cost
cutting eliminated it entirely. Even if you don't have it, you can look to
see if it has the holder still welded in. If so, you could always add the
One problem with Ford's placement on the Gen 4 (2000+) Taurus/Sable is
that it sits flat and leaves and stuff can easily sit in it. Sometimes, I
need to take mine out and wrap it in some window screening to keep the
larger junk off of it.
If there is a no_junk in my address, please REMOVE it before replying!
All junk mail senders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
It seems like that the 2002 and 2003 models doesn't have CAF's. (I may
be wrong.) However, you can check by looking in the cowl on your wife's 2002
Taurus SES Deluxe. The CAF should be in there under the plastic cover in the
cowl. You'll need hand tools to remove the plastic cover to get to the CAF.
My car is a 2002 Ford Taurus SEL Premium and it has 43,000 miles on it.
I personally don't know if my car has a CAF. I usually have the dealer do
maintenace services on my car because they know my car. The Ford dealer
where I have my car serviced usually get the job done right the first time.
Try this link: http://www.cabinairfilters.net/cabin%20air%208109.htm
It has the part number and instalation instruction. Hope this helps.
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