I have a 2000 Ford Taurus, with 67K miles that is having two separate
mechanical problems that I have been unable to resolve. I am feeling
very, very frustrated at this point. This problem involves a braking
vibration while going downhill primarily at speeds of 50 mph or greater.
Over the last year, I have purchased new tires, had a wheel alignment,
tires balanced, a complete brake job, including ceramic brake pads, master
cylinders, and calipers, and replaced or turned the rotors four times. I
currently have new rotors with less than 1000 miles and the problem is
recurring. When I take it back in, the diagnosis once again is warped
rotors. I don’t do any abnormal driving, some freeway, and some local.
What would be causing the rotors to warp repeatedly?
The second problem I am having what was described by a mechanic to be a
“stumbling” problem. When you travel uphill at speeds greater than 50 mph
and attempt to accelerate to pass another vehicle the car seems to
“stumble” as if it is not getting enough fuel, or acts like it is going to
“cut out” or die. I took it to an aftermarket shop for my 60K mile service
and less than 4000 miles later it started stumbling. I returned to the
original shop, they changed the fuel filter and put in a fuel additive,
checked all the plugs and wires, ran a diagnostic which showed Code #
p340, Camshaft Position Sensor, and recommended I take it to the dealer.
When I took it to the dealer they told me the diagnostic code didn’t come
up on their scope. Subsequently, the dealer has recommended I do several
things, including plugs regapped, a fuel injection kit put in, the fuel
injection system flushed, a throttle body service performed, and T/P
cleaner put in and was assured this would solve the problem, unfortunately
it didn’t. They then suggested I replace all the wires and plugs with
Motorcraft Parts stating my car would run better with those parts. So I
did that. I have done everything the dealer has recommended and $1200
later I still have the same problem. The dealer has told me that unless
their machine comes up with a diagnostic it is almost impossible to find
out what is causing it. It has been suggested that it may be a fuel pump
but we have to wait until it goes out for my warranty to cover it. Is
that true, and what would you suggest I do at this point? I don’t feel
safe driving it the way it is, and if the Ford Technicians at the dealer
can’t figure it out, what else can I do? I am extremely frustrated!! I
feel I am getting the run-around and being “nickel and dimed” to death,
can you please help me?
Lori from Milwaukie