As of 2019, Ford no longer manufacturs the Taurus. So, if you like yours, you will need to maintain it to keep it on the road. Fortunately, with a few Ford Taurus auto parts, you can relatively easily keep the oil system and related components in good working order.
Major Oil Components
Like other vehicles, your Ford Taurus has an oil system. This helps to lubricate, clean and cool the engine. These are the major parts:
- Filter: The filter removes contaminants as oil is pumped through it. Changing this is part of a regular vehicle service.
- Pan: The oil is kept in this reservoir. The oil pan or sump sits below the crankcase to collect oil when the engine isn’t running.
- Pump: This device keeps the whole system running. It pushes the oil through the lines so it can reach the engine.
- Galleries: These are special passages that bring oil to more remote parts of the engine. They help ensure all moving parts are lubricated.
- Cooler: Motor oil is heated by the running engine. To help extract some heat from the system, the oil is passed through a radiator-like cooling system.
How To Properly Install an Oil Filter
As mentioned above, one of the important elements of maintaining your vehicle is to change the oil and filter. Here are the basic steps for installing Ford Taurus oil filters:
- Raise the car onto jack stands or a lift so that it is elevated and flat.
- Located the oil drain and remove the plug, letting the oil drain into a pan.
- With the drain pan positioned to catch any leaks, unscrew the oil filter and remove it carefully.
- Add a small amount of oil to the new filter and install it in place.
- Finish the rest of the oil change.
This process should always be done with an oil change because you need to drain the oil to prevent spillage. Regularly changing your oil will protect your engine from damage and excessive wear.
Common Symptoms of a Faulty Ignition Coil
When you start your car, it will begin pumping oil around the engine to keep everything lubricated. However, what happens if it doesn’t start properly or at all? That may indicate that you have a faulty ignition coil.
The most obvious sign of a bad ignition coil is a check engine light paired with an ignition diagnostic trouble code. This can be read with an OBD-II reader.
Another indication is that the car won’t start. It may also start but misfire, idle roughly or have poor power delivery.
Of course, these can be caused by other problems. Knowing how to test an ignition coil will help you diagnose the problem. The best way to do this is to remove the ignition coil and test the primary and secondary windings with a multimeter.
Taking care of your Ford Taurus will help you keep it on the road longer. The more you know about maintenance, the more you can save. It is also a very rewarding experience to do your own auto work. Learn more today.