rough running, died, then surged upon restart

Asked by Oct 29, 2015 at 07:11 PM about the 2003 Ford Taurus SES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Of course, I'm over 2 hours away from daughter at the moment. Her taurus
died on her today, but restarted and she was able to get to work, engine
was running rough. Tonight before leaving the lot, it started running very
rough, then suddenly surged ahead, then engine slowed. She said it felt
out of control. Brake pedal very firm and felt she would not be able to stop.
It's currently parked, but over 30 min from her mechanic. Any ideas? I'll
have to drive down tomorrow and take to an unknown mechanic for help.

1 Answer

795

Sounds like a bad sensor in the throttle. Check the throttle body for dirt or obstructions and clean the Mass Air Sensor. Reset the EMC by removing the negative connector from the battery for more than 1 minute and then reconnecting it.

Your Answer

Ford Taurus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,070
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,990
  • #3
    lightGear
    Reputation
    1,940
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
569 Great Deals out of 34,591 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford Explorer
794 Great Deals out of 62,799 listings starting at $1,425
Used Ford F-150
2,131 Great Deals out of 181,877 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Mustang
743 Great Deals out of 42,277 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,210 Great Deals out of 77,238 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
1,031 Great Deals out of 61,614 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Focus
739 Great Deals out of 53,893 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
1,042 Great Deals out of 71,006 listings starting at $750
Used Nissan Maxima
342 Great Deals out of 23,515 listings starting at $1,550
Used Ford Escape
1,115 Great Deals out of 84,746 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Altima
1,074 Great Deals out of 74,063 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
5,780 listings starting at $15,990
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 2,355 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 1,423 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,369 listings starting at $6,995
2013 Ford Taurus For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 1,360 listings starting at $5,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.