2000 Ford Taurus intermittent power loss

Tiny
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2000 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

On my 2000 Taurus the abs light and the traction control light will come on and the speedometer will show a drop of about 10 km/hr. You do feel a drop in speed but not the amount indicated. This will last for about 2-3 seconds.

The problem has progressed to the engine light had come on for a day and then the abs, traction control and the engine light were all blinking while the speedometer and tach needles were bouncing up and down simultaneously and the engine was chugging. This time it lasted for 10-15 seconds and then all returned to normal.

This happens during short or long drives, hot or cold weather, can happen a couple of times in a 20 minute drive and then not again for several weeks.
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 AT 8:27 AM

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Tiny
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First thing you need to do is have the codes read, Autozone does it free, Post the results with the code number(s). Even if the service engine light is not on, there should be freeze frame data stored.
If it won't make it to Autozone, buy a cheap scanner, they can be had for 30-40 dollars, a good investment, since they cover all cars sold in the USA from 96 on.
You will probably find a bad speed sensor.
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 AT 8:36 AM

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