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Old 01-12-2005, 05:31 PM
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93 Taurus GL Temperature Range

The 1993 Ford Taurus GL, 3.8L which I drive runs with the coolant temperature gauge at the low end of the "NORMAL" scale. The gauge pointer hits about the center of the "N" in winter and runs upward around the center of "O" in the summer. Is this about what others have found common on a Taurus? The manual claims that anything within "NORMAL" is satisfactory. I can see a dip of the gauge needle below the "N" when the thermostat opens but the needle climbs back to the center of the "N" within a minute or so during winter months. Any comments? The heater doesn't smoke me out but it seems reasonable.

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Old 01-13-2005, 10:40 AM
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Are you sure the guage reads correctly?
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93 Taurus Coolant Temperature

Regarding the point as to whether the gauge is working properly, I can only say that it has worked consistantly the same since day one. It is conceivable that the transmitter or what ever transducer senses the water temperature is not giving the right output too. Since I did not invest in the Helm series for this car, I don't have any test to verify the gauge or sensor. If you have any quick suggestions, I'm all ears. Thank you for mentioning the gauge issue. It could be whipped!
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that sounds like a normal range to me. word to the wise, if you ever think your cooling system isn't reading right, replace the temp sending unit first. then the hoses, t-stat, h20 pump and radiator. not all that, then the temp sending unit.
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I noticed this query while searching for some information regarding my 92 Taurus GL. I am very inclined to say that your observations are of normal..hehe operation. My temperature indicator always hovers around the "O" occasionally hitting the "R". Sometimes on long highway drives when it is cool outside, I have had it hold at or below the "N".


Small sidebar, a friend of mine had a 92 Taurus when we were in high school, I had never even been in one. He calls me one day and asks, "can I ask you a quick car question?" Of course I oblige and was confronted with, "My normal is running really high. What's that mean?" I of course said, "this I have to see" and enjoyed a good laugh when I saw the indicator and that it simply says "NORMAL" across the entire range of motion.
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93 Taurus Temp Range...

Thank you for commenting about the 93 Taurus temperature performance.

I put the car aside for a couple years and recommissioned it this past winter when the other crate I was driving got a detached rear axel. To my amazement, the Taurus started up without much effort and I've been using it ever since.

I had a bad front engine mount and fixed that by using a used steel brake emergency cable to hold down the front of the engine since the front mount is what keep the front of the motor from lifting when the car accelerates forward. The cable holds the motor down and works like a charm. It beat trying to horse in a new motor mount and probably wrecking the exhaust system connection in the process.

The temp still hangs around "o" in normal.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:15 PM
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Installing an engine mount isn't all that hard on those cars. A floor jack with a block of wood in the saddle, and raise the engine (with the mounts loosened) on the edge portion of the oil pan. Someone helping by pushing the engine slightly aft will help. The exhaust will follow the engine and the only stress would be on the hangers and the flex pipe just before the muffler.

My truck does the same thing with the wandering coolant needle. I've changed the radiator, the cap, water pump, and hoses. It seems to do this too in the summer when excess fluid flows into the reservoir. That's where I get some fluid loss too. Just monitor it like I do, because my truck, even on the hottest days with the A/C on, never overheats.
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The 1993 Ford Taurus GL, 3.8L which I drive runs with the coolant temperature gauge at the low end of the "NORMAL" scale. The gauge pointer hits about the center of the "N" in winter and runs upward around the center of "O" in the summer. Is this about what others have found common on a Taurus? The manual claims that anything within "NORMAL" is satisfactory. I can see a dip of the gauge needle below the "N" when the thermostat opens but the needle climbs back to the center of the "N" within a minute or so during winter months. Any comments? The heater doesn't smoke me out but it seems reasonable.
Its all good. Sounds just Normal , actually for a car that old that is a good normal. There is nothing wrong there. Leave it be, enjoy the ride.
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