2003 Ford Taurus Squeaks at engine start up

Tiny
OLERIM
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 74,000 MILES
My 2003 Ford Tauras SES, V-6 Pushrod motor squeaks at start up, then I drive an hour to work on freeway and it doesn't. When I drive home is the same senario. It only seems to do it when the car is cold and starts up the most, but not always. The car also seems to idle high at a stoplight with sounds like pasticle rattling. It only has 74,000 miles on it. It sounds similar to a pully or something with the serpentine belt, but the sound is louder on the opposite of the motor near the back. I did some searching online and came across this possibly being a camshaft synchronizer with the electrical pattern of the sensor making the noise. Does anyone agree with this being the problem or is there a simple way to check if this is the problem? And How? Does it harm to drive it this way if this is the problem.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 12:04 PM

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Tiny
JACK42
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It does sound like the cam sensor. It is the bushing inside it making the noise, the sensor itself wont make noise.I have seen the bushings get bad enough that thesensor hit the trigger and broke.I could cause a no-start issue or check engine light.I have had some success removing it and oiling the shaf tmanually to wash out the material.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 7:54 AM
Tiny
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I have confirmed that is the camshaft synchronizer and etc at the for dealer in town is the problem. But I will be working with a friend that used to be a mechanic to repair it. Ford told me that it is not broke now, but soon it will break the sensor if left as is and will cause the light to go on. Per your reply: your saying that is may just need some oil put in in manually to fix the issue and not have to replace the parts if the parts are not currently broke? What do you mean by wash out the material (what material is in there that shouldn't be)? What will happen if this goes bad while I am driving it still? Hopefully the guy I plan using that works out of his garage knows more about this cause ford wants about $625 worst case to do the fix.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 10:58 AM
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Wow, that an awful lot. Have your guy remove the sensor adn use oil to wash out the bad bushing material. It will eventually break.I have had about 50% succes with cleaning out the housing of debris. Your shop will be able to do it cheaper than the dealer
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 12:46 PM

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