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Checking the brake fluid in your 2002 Ford Taurus is easy and should be done once a month. On some Fords, the owners manual suggests pumping the brake pedal 25 times before looking at the fluid level, be sure to check your owners manual to see if this applies to your 2002 Taurus. In addition to checking the brake fluid level, you want to look at the color of the brake fluid in your Taurus - if it is dark in color or it has been more than 2 years since you have changed it, you should consider having it changed - this will help make the internal components (which are expensive) last much longer.
If you need to add fluid to your Taurus, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can quickly rust out the brake lines in your Taurus.
Coolant hoses wear out over time and need to be replaced - check 'em early and often2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6
If your blinker doesn't blink, or blinks rapidly, you likely have a burnt out bulb2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6
Sure you can take it in for a $19 lube, but are you OK with a stripped oil pan and cheap parts in return?2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6
Learning how to jump your car before you need to is an excellent idea2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6
If your battery has green or white cruddy deposits, it is probably not getting enough juice from and will likely wear out sooner2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6
Help keep your car as responsive as you are by maintaining proper power steering fluid levels2002 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L V6