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Kristopher Rohde - Cam Failure #551

New 6/14/05

I own a 1997 Ford Taurus SHO it spun the cam at 135,000 miles. The VIN is 1FALP54N3VA132656

Date of malfunction: 04/05/2005

Where malfunction took place: County Road

Odometer Reading at time of malfunction: 135,000

How fast were you traveling: 35mph

Were you accelerating or staying at a constant speed: Constant Speed

Estimated date of purchase new or used: Used 05/12/03

Kristopher Rohde

Brief description: I had stopped at the store, when I started to car it made a rattling noise, it went about 5 miles, popped and the noise increased a lot and the car died and would not restart.

Dealer determined: Called Hudspeth Ford in Harrison, AR they said they did not know but it would cost me around $600.00 to find out. Berryville Ford in Berryville, AR told me it probably spun the cam as the 1996-1997 Taurus SHO inevitable does so at around 130,000 miles and it would cost around $5500.00 to repair.

Cause of failure determined by you: Cam shaft spun causing valve to piston contact.

How much was your statement: I could not afford to have it fixed as I am disabled.

What can FOMOCO do: Pay to have it repaired and for the loss of use of the vehicle.

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