2001 Ford Taurus Surging and instrument panel

Tiny
SAILOR1969
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  • 2001 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 106,000 MILES
One day the vehicle started surging and missing. I have replaced egr valve spark plug wires, spark plugs. It is still doing the same thing. A few days after it started, the instrument panel started acting weird. When you turn the headlights on or just parking lights, everything works but for the gauge lights. The only two lights that come on are the blinker lights (both sides) which just stay on. They do not blink. Any help with this matter will be appreciated. Thanks
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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 AT 12:11 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you is your model an LX, SE, SEL, or SES. Also please provide your engine size in liter and the 8th digit of your VIN.

Next, if it is drivable, please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery and alternator.
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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The vehicle is a 6cyl. SE and the 8th digit on the VIN is U. Took it down to AZ and replaced battery. Had alternator checked and it is good. It's been a while since I posted this problem since we parked it while moving to CA. Started driving it again and still cannot figure out what is causing the instrument panel to not light up when you turn the lights on.
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 AT 10:04 AM
Tiny
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Hello -

Thanks for the info.

Troubleshooting the lighting will be a little tricky as there is nothing in the manual but we will give it a try.

So the instrument panel is working, all the gauges etc work just fine just no lights when you turn on?

If this is correct do you have your brightness indicator turned up all the way?
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Friday, January 8th, 2010 AT 9:30 PM
Tiny
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After bring this to the Ford shop and after spending 477.00, the problems were found. Instrument Panel not lighting up: 5 bulbs were out. Replaced and now all lights work again. Here is a weird one for you concerning the Ford Taurus. At the top, rear of the engine where the EGR vavle is located, there is a bracket it is attached to. Sort of like an extension away from intake. The Ford dealership diagram doesn't even show this part for this car. I have checked several cars and it is on those as well. If the part is removed from the intake, there is a rubber o-ring to seal off vacuum when inserted into the intake. This o-ring had been pinched and was not sealing the vacuum off. You will not hear a vacuum leak for some reason but replaced the o-ring and the surging is fixed now. Pass it on if you can!
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Saturday, November 6th, 2010 AT 9:59 PM

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