Ford Taurus Service Manual: Using This Manual


This manual describes and directs repair procedures specified by Ford Motor Company for the vehicle. Critical health and safety precautions are included. Anyone who deviates from these instructions risks compromising personal safety or vehicle integrity.


This manual is divided into groups, each containing sections numbered based on the component part number. Section contents may include:

  • Specifications
    • Fluid capacities, component specifications and torque values not covered in other procedures
  • Description and Operation
    • Overview of the system, component locations, and system operation
  • Diagnosis and Testing
    • Symptom charts, DTC (diagnostic trouble code) charts and diagnostic tests
    • See the Diagnosis and Testing Information in this document
  • General Procedures
    • Service adjustments, electronic programming and other special procedures
  • Removal and Installation
    • Component removal and installation instructions
  • Disassembly and Assembly
    • Component disassembly and assembly instructions


Section number 100-00 General Information contains the following important information (including this document):

  • Critical Health and Safety Precautions - service safety precautions applicable to the entire manual. Refer to Safety Warnings.
  • A Symbols Glossary - definitions of the action directed by each symbol. Refer to Symbols Glossary.
  • Diagnostic Methods - support information for diagnostics. Refer to Diagnostic Methods.

Warnings, Notices, and Notes in This Manual


Warnings provide information to avoid personal injury and to make sure service actions on critical safety systems are performed correctly. Warnings that apply to an entire system or workshop manual section are located in section 100-00 Description and Operation, Safety Warnings. Refer to Safety Warnings.


Notices provide information to avoid damage to the vehicle or a component.


Notes provide information critical for a complete and effective repair.

Warnings, Notices, or Notes that apply to an entire procedure will be placed at the beginning of the procedure. Warnings, Notices, or Notes that apply to a single step are placed at the beginning of the step. Those that apply to a group of steps will be placed at the first step requiring it.

Specified Chemicals or Materials

Throughout this manual, chemicals or materials are specified that must be used to properly complete a service procedure or diagnostic step. In the event a specific material is not readily available, a substitute material meeting the same specification may be used. Ford has not reviewed third party products for compliance with environmental, health or safety regulations and is not responsible for their use. Use of third party products is at your own risk. Additionally, such products may cause degraded performance, premature failures, and/or vehicle component damage. All chemicals or materials used for vehicle servicing should be checked for compliance with local environmental and health and safety regulations.

LH (left-hand) and RH (right-hand) Designations

All LH and RH vehicle designations are oriented from the driver's seat position looking forward.

Vehicle LH and RH definition

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  1. LH (left-hand)
  2. RH (right-hand)

All LH and RH engine designations are oriented from the flywheel position looking toward the crankshaft pulley.

Powertrain LH and RH definition

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  1. Front
  2. RH (right-hand)
  3. Rear
  4. LH (left-hand)

Standard Practices

The following rules apply, unless specified differently in the procedure:


  • Reuse standard fasteners.
  • Replace fasteners with self-locking features.
    • Examples of fastener self-locking coatings or mechanical locking (with the locking features highlighted yellow) are shown in the illustration.
  • Replace fasteners with torque angle specifications (those tightened a specified number of degrees).

Examples of self-locking nuts and bolts

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  1. Completely coated self-locking bolt
  2. Partially coated self-locking bolt
  3. Self-locking bolt with a locking washer
  4. Self-locking nut with a plastic locking insert
  5. Self-locking nut with thread deformation (3 identations)
  6. Self-locking nut with thread deformation (to oval shape)
  7. Self-locking nut with integrated locking ring


Replace seals and gaskets, unless specified differently in the procedure.


Replace exterior trim parts fastened with glue or adhesive tape, unless specified differently in the procedure.

Mechanical Procedures

Illustrations in this manual may be used instead of written step instructions. Color-coding (see color scheme illustration) is used to communicate the required step action or actions. Service action icons may be used to add information regarding the required action. Refer to Symbols Glossary.

Illustration Color-coding

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  1. Blue - Target or primary component to be removed/installed (or disassembled/assembled).
  2. Green - Components that need to be removed prior to or installed after the target/primary.
  3. Brown - Components that need to be removed prior to or installed after the target/primary.
  4. Yellow - Components to be set aside for access, but not removed. Also highlighted areas to inspect or adjust.
  5. Magenta - Electrical connectors and fasteners such as nuts, bolts, clamps, or clips to be: detached, attached, loosened, moved, removed or installed.
  6. Pale Blue - Special tool(s), general equipment, or common tools used in an uncommon way.

Other color-coding

  • Alternating Blue and White
    • Chemical, adhesive or sealer apply areas
  • Red
    • Sectioned or cut-away areas
  • Grey
    • Background components shown for location information


Components that must be removed or installed in a specific sequence are identified with a numbered callout. Any associated step text is numbered accordingly.

Simple procedure example showing color-coding and task sequence

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Black arrows are used to draw attention to components (usually fasteners). Arrows with multiples specified (here, x2) identify an identical number of fasteners or items. Callouts (numbers inside circles) show a required sequence or tightening torque.

In the illustration, the callouts indicate the removal sequence, which is reversed for installation. The yellow coloring of the hose indicates it is to be positioned aside (not removed). Two identical (magenta-colored) fasteners are indicated by the x2 arrow. The fasteners in this illustration require different torques (same torque for the x2 fasteners) so numbered callouts are used to identify them with torque values in the associated step text. The (magenta-colored) hose clamp is another fastener to be removed.

Examples of fastener removal sequence and an identical service action for 12 fasteners. Other possible symbols are shown on the right.

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Example of fastener sequence information with two persons required for the service action

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Separate detail boxes or transparent components may be used to show hidden items in an illustration.

Examples of hidden fastener information

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Service action icons may be used to add information regarding the required action. Refer to Symbols Glossary.

Location symbols show the location of a component or system on the vehicle.

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Example of service action icons pointing to highlighted components

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Movement arrows and service action icons show three dimensional or rotational movements.

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Color-coding and service action icons show application of sealer, lubricant, weight, tape or cleaning liquid.

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Measurement symbols provide the information required to perform a specific measurement. These symbols may include specific values.

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When Ford special tools are required for the procedure, the tool and tool number are shown in an illustration. Special tool numbers, general equipment, materials or torque values for the procedure step are shown in tables or text steps.

Example of special service tool and symbol used to hold the gear shift in the required gear position. Other possible symbols are shown on the right.

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Example of two illustrations used together with sequence steps, service action icons and special service tools

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Tool symbols direct the use of standard tools. The tool size or dimension may be specified.

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Some procedures may contain health and safety symbols that are associated with a specific service action. Refer to Symbols Glossary. Always read and understand all health and safety precautions found in Section 100-00 before beginning any procedure. Refer to Safety Warnings.

ISO warning symbols may be used to indicate potential hazards.

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These symbols prohibit various hazardous actions.

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These symbols direct the use of personal protection equipment.

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Diagnosis and Testing Information


Diagnosis and Testing may include:

  • Preliminary Inspection
    • In older manuals, Inspection and Verification
  • Symptom Chart
  • DTC Chart
  • Pinpoint Tests
  • Component Tests

Some diagnostics may be contained in Symptom Based Diagnostics. Some engine performance and emission diagnostics may be placed in a separately published PC/ED manual.


Module names and PID names in this manual match the Ford diagnostic scan tool: IDS.

The same diagnostic scan tool module name is found in some DTC definitions (for example, U024B Lost Communication with Seat Control Module "G").


A descriptive name is sometimes added to the diagnostic scan tool name to clarify module function. The descriptive name will be followed by the diagnostic scan tool acronym in brackets.

  • Example: "Driver Active Motion Seat Module [SCMG]".
  • Driver Active Motion Seat Module is the descriptive name added to clarify the function of the SCMG.
  • The SCMG acronym is used by diagnostic scan tool, defined as "Seat Control Module G".
    Symbols Glossary
    Symbols are used inside the graphics and in the text area to enhance the information. Movement Symbols Movement symbols provide detailed information to a required component movement. These component ...

    Safety Warnings
    Review carefully the General Service Health and Safety Precautions below before beginning any repair. Following these general service warnings are specific system warnings that must be carefully re ...

    Other materials:

    Disassembly and Assembly
    Transaxle - Overhaul Special Tool(s) Material Disassembled Views All vehicles Special Tool(s): Holding Fixture 307-580 Special Tool(s): Retainer, Torque Converter 307-346 NOTICE: The torque converter is heavy. Be careful not to drop it or damage will result.NOT ...

    911 Assist™
    WARNING: Unless the 911 Assist setting is set on prior to a crash, the system will not dial for help which could delay response time, potentially increasing the risk of serious injury or death after a crash. WARNING: Do not wait for 911 Assist to make an emergency call if you can do it yourself ...

    Trip computer
    Resetting the Trip Computer Press and hold OK on the current screen to reset the respective trip, distance, time and fuel information. Odometer Registers the total accumulated distance for the lifetime of the vehicle. This value cannot be reset. Trip Odometer Registers the distance of indiv ...