Having problems with your 1998 Ford Taurus ?

My 1998 ford taurus gets hot when i drive and turns off and wont start until it cools down. What is making it do that every time it gets hot?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 23-11-2020

Answers :

1. If it's overheating, first change the thermostat; if this does not fix the problem, seek professional assistance from that of a certified mechanic or techinician - as it may be the water pump, heater core, or a hose that may be hidden from plain view (heater core hoses are sometimes).
2. If it is not overheating, start the car, raise the hood and tap on the Mass Airflow Sensor which is located either on the air filter casing, (look for wiring harness), or mid-way between the air filter casing and the intake (carburator), fuel injection system, or throttle body. If the car hesitates as idling, or dies, the Mass Airlfow Sensor (or MAS) may simply need to be cleaned.
Purchase from your local auto parts dealer a can of MAS cleaner. Take the MAS off, spray generously inside the MAS, (from all possible directions); and let air dry for about 15 minutes. Re-install, start car, and see if there is a difference, first by doing the "tap" test on the sensor. Also drive the car and see if there is any difference. If there is no difference, consider replacing it, as well as the thermostat (thermostat gasket), and the temperature gauge sensor.
You may also inquire with a certified techinician if these options have failed to fix this issue. Please not that the MAS is a bit of spendy part, and should be considered as a last alternative; or you can purchase one at a junk yard, which is cheaper (I've purchase them for as little as ten bucks vs 30+ bucks new). Also, make sure the air filter is not torn or ratted, as mice do like to find there way inside there (not sure how they do it, but they do).
Please let me know if you need further assistance.
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