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by warment
Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26084

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

I just ordered Monroe sensa-trac replacements for the front (72255, 72256) and the rear (71120). I also ordered new Moog end links for the rear. I'll check the fronts when I install the front struts.
by warment
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26084

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

Yes. The struts are just about completely gone in the front.I was considering the Monroe 72255 (front right) and Monroe 72256 (front left). I have had good luck with their products in the past. JJ, have you replaced the front struts on your car yet? If so, are they a pain? I despise what I call cup ...
by warment
Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: 2005 500 going nuts....
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: 2005 500 going nuts....

I can't tell you how many times that I have had a bulb stop working (even though the filaments are fine). What happens is that the lead contacts on the bulb become worn down and begin to not make full contact with the pigtail contacts. Just replace the bulb with a new one. When you take the old one ...
by warment
Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26084

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

I agree. I will probably just go with Motorcraft replacements. I am gonna buy the rears and install them first. I have a rattle in the rear of my car somewhere and I think new rear shocks might help. As a side note, I think that my parking brake cable might be rattling, so I temporarily zip tied it ...
by warment
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26084

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

Thanks for the response. As far as I can tell, here are the choices offered from RockAuto for my 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE FWD (or at least that is what became available after I chose my model): Monroe 72255 (front right), Monroe 72256 (front left) Monroe 71120 (rear left or rear right) Motorcraft A...
by warment
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26084

What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

Do you guys have any suggestions on what struts to buy for a 2005 Ford Five Hundred SE FWD? I see that RockAuto sells Motorcraft and Sachs (Super Touring) for the front. It looks like they only sell Motorcraft for the rears. For the Sachs fronts, they have 2 different lefts (312482, 312481) and 2 di...
by warment
Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: 2005 500 going nuts....
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: 2005 500 going nuts....

I had the same thing happen with my passenger headlight. See http://www.fordtaurus.net/forums/viewto ... =5&t=12022 for more information. Not sure about your other problems though.
by warment
Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: pending front brake job
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: pending front brake job

If you have a seized caliper, I doubt that your rotors are bad. I had a caliper seize on my 2000 Mustang GT some time ago. What uaually happens is that moisture gets past the "slider boots" and causes the sliders to rust. Sometimes, the sliders are just not greased properly from the factory, so they...
by warment
Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Re: Difficulty shifting from Park

Installed new pads on the front a few weeks ago as well. My car still occasionally has difficulty shifting from Park. I have noticed that if I press really hard on the button when this happens, I can shift. I think my problem is in the handle. It's weird though because I took the handle apart, clean...
by warment
Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Re: Difficulty shifting from Park

I already had the console apart and sprayed everything that moves with Lithium grease. That seemed to help for a few days, but the problem returned. The new rear pads seem to have done the trick, since I haven't had any problems at all since I installed them.
by warment
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Re: Difficulty shifting from Park

I installed new rear pads (Wagner) over the weekend and have not had a single issue yet (knock on wood). I plan to install new front pads this weekend. The rear pads didn't look too bad, but were much thinner than the new pads. I had over 50k miles on them, but I drive mostly highway miles.
by warment
Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Re: Difficulty shifting from Park

I took a look this past weekend. Couldn't see anything wrong at all. I removed the handle, opened it up, couldn't see anything broken. Removed the top part of the shifter console, examined the plastic rod, couldn't see anything broken. I did notice though that my plastic rod seems to be more flexibl...
by warment
Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: FL-820S oil filter shortage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: FL-820S oil filter shortage?

I have noticed the same sort of thing. I think it is because the FL-820S is used on quite a few Ford vehicles. I own a 2000 Ford Mustang GT and a 2005 Ford Five Hundred. Both use the FL-820S. Also, my father owns a 2002 Ford Ranger 4.0 and it uses an FL-820S as well. Also, I have a hard time finding...
by warment
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Re: Difficulty shifting from Park

Ok. I'll take a peek this weekend. I thought maybe there was something broken in the handle/button itself. I have never removed the handle yet though to take a look.

Thanks.
by warment
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:47 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Difficulty shifting from Park
Replies: 9
Views: 3550

Difficulty shifting from Park

Lately, my car sometimes is difficult to shift from Park into Drive. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I know about the "brake shift interlock" mechanism, but my problem seems to be caused from the shifter button itself, and not the interlock mechanism. When I have this problem, if I squeeze...
by warment
Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Low beam headlight
Replies: 11
Views: 5342

Re: Low beam headlight

I paid $25 for a replacement pigtail from RockAuto. Sounds to me like your dealership should have covered the repair.
by warment
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Low beam headlight
Replies: 11
Views: 5342

Re: Low beam headlight

That's pretty amazing. I really don't see how water could get down in there as the seal on the "pigtail" looked fine and the shape of the car in relation to the "pigtail" does not appear to allow water to drip down in there. Also, it looked like there was some brownish/greenish stuff inside the melt...
by warment
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Low beam headlight
Replies: 11
Views: 5342

Re: Low beam headlight

My right side low beam headlight on my 05 just stopped working the other day too. I bought a new bulb, but when I removed the old bulb I noticed that the socket was melted on one terminal. I purchased and installed a new Motorcraft socket/wire repair kit and everything has been working fine for the ...
by warment
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: oil change botched
Replies: 19
Views: 1320

Re: oil change botched

I hand tighten as best I can, then use an oil filter wrench for and additional 1/4 to 1/2 turn. I have never oiled the threads. I may try that next time I do an oil change if I remember. I will say though, that I am impressed every time that I change the oil on my 500 I am impressed with the mountin...
by warment
Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: oil change botched
Replies: 19
Views: 1320

Re: oil change botched

Thanks Len. You were right. No adhesive/glue is used to hold on the gasket.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCjXtmbL1Kk

Bill