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Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

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Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by stashua123 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:29 am

I am 18 years old and I have been without a car until I got this car on March 27th, 2018. It was a surprise really, we were looking at a 2008 Ford Fusion but we ended up liking this one better for the same price. We bought it for $5695

The car has been good to me so far. I have a job that is around 28 miles away from me so I need a daily commuter that gets good gas mileage. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the car gets on the highway in terms of miles per gallon. On cruise control it averages around 28-29 mpg. This is a nice first car. Its got a bunch of features that even my dads 2016 Ford Fusion S does not have. Power front seats. I am 6'6 and have always struggled with finding the right amount of room in cars. I sat in, adjusted my seat, and wala I fit comfortably WITH ROOM TO SPARE in the ceiling.

A Problem I have is due to the dealership giving me a car with new brake pads but after a couple of days of driving the rotors seemed to be warped or it could be the calipers. It brakes well still but it is a relatively expensive repair that will need to be done soon already. I know I need to get this checked out. Average cost for a high quality brake job? What kind of repairs would you recommend I look out for on my vehicle. It is a 2008 Taurus with 104500 Miles, I know the 105000 miles service is upcoming. I really want it to last a while so I can keep it for a long time, I really love the car. Full synthetic oil? How should I upkeep the car? Give it nice car washes? Im kind of new to this so.... haha :)

Thank you!


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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by Webmaster » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:24 am

Welcome! Calipers don't warp, but brake rotors do. Normally if you replace the pads you replace the rotors so OK they only half did the brake job IMHO. You should go make sure the lug nuts are torqued properly ASAP.
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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by stashua123 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:16 am

Webmaster wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:24 am
Welcome! Calipers don't warp, but brake rotors do. Normally if you replace the pads you replace the rotors so OK they only half did the brake job IMHO. You should go make sure the lug nuts are torqued properly ASAP.
Thank you... as soon as my mothers minivan is out of the shop Im getting it checked out.

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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by mope » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:51 pm

our oreilleys will turn down rotors for like 9 bucks......and wont charge anything if theyre too far gone to be turned. thats a much cheaper option if youre on a budget.

secondly, youll need to properly bed in new brake pads/rotors or youre going to be right back in the same situation again

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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by PassnThru » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:47 pm

It really does sound like they just slapped new pads on without replacing the rotors. These days I just replace the rotors on a brake job. It's hard to find a place to turn them anymore and even if you do, they make them thinner and lighter these days to save weight. They may not stay in spec after turning anyway.
I can't give you much more advice than that - I just got mine a few weeks ago. Seems like a solid car though. My DD is a 2007 Explorer - the car was bought in anticipation of my oldest son turning 16 in a year.

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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by stashua123 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:28 am

mope wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:51 pm
our oreilleys will turn down rotors for like 9 bucks......and wont charge anything if theyre too far gone to be turned. thats a much cheaper option if youre on a budget.

secondly, youll need to properly bed in new brake pads/rotors or youre going to be right back in the same situation again
PassnThru wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:47 pm
It really does sound like they just slapped new pads on without replacing the rotors. These days I just replace the rotors on a brake job. It's hard to find a place to turn them anymore and even if you do, they make them thinner and lighter these days to save weight. They may not stay in spec after turning anyway.
I can't give you much more advice than that - I just got mine a few weeks ago. Seems like a solid car though. My DD is a 2007 Explorer - the car was bought in anticipation of my oldest son turning 16 in a year.
Thank you all... it does seem like a really solid car, I have really enjoyed driving it. Gets great performance, I love how most people think of it as an old person car on the highway and think I dont have the ability to smoothy and gracefully pass, but I prove em wrong ;)

I took it to our trusted mechanic yesterday evening. We have been taking our cars to them since 2010. They have maintaned a piece of crap 2005 Chrysler Town N Country with many issues (Power locks not working, terrible electricity, power steering with a steering collumn crack, terrible fuel efficency) to last 150,000 miles with no seriously serious issues. The vibration on the steering wheel, especially at highway speeds, was getting excessive and I decided on getting most of the repairs out of the way rather than waiting. Happened to just hit 105,000 miles right when I got to the shop. Since we dropped it off after close, I am wrote them a flashcard of things to inspect, left my owners manual out for them to look at (105,000 miles maintenance is up and its a doozy of things) and am waiting for word back. The acuator for the AC seems to need to be fixed since I hear a clicking noise when I switch on and off and from recirculating to non-recirculating. Im trying to get all of these things and some preventative maintenance done so this car can last forever. I really love it so far. Hopefully its not too expensive. :) Ill keep you all updated.

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Re: Got a 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD A Couple of Weeks Ago

Post by stashua123 » Wed May 09, 2018 7:55 am

Ok

So around two weeks ago I got my car repaired. Tire rotation, Front Rotor replacement, A/C Acuator replaced(A/c runs good and no longer clicks or makes much noise now). Totaled to around $400.

I got my car in the shop again with the recommendations from my repair guys from my last repairs. They thought the transmission fluid needed flushed to keep the transmission running smooth. Rear rotors are getting replaced as well.

I know I know, I have already spent so much on repairs. But these repairs seem to me to be one of those that do not happen often and are gonna allow my car to enter its older years fully healthy.

I look forward to upkeeping this thing and treatin it like a baby :D

I have already put 2400 miles on the thing. Runs like a dream. Cant wait for a smoother transmission and a full smooth braking experience. Transmission fluid I noticed had very little left on the dipstick with a brownish very dark red dint. So I am glad I am servicing my transmission. Braking performance has been good. Without my front rotors being replaced I would have gotten into an accident. Had to go from cruising at 75 mph to a dead stop in 2-3 seconds. Despite rear rotors going bad I was able to brake in time.

Any other recommendations before the summer driving season begins and I go on many road trips to places? :)

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