2004 Ford Taurus 3.0 L Vulcan Engine
New problems with my Ford Taurus. Check engine light came on and the things is running terribly. It is making a loud tapping noise. It takes much longer to start than normally but starts up the first try.
It barely sputters. It literally sounds like the worst running thing possible but it usually runs so good! No problems before hand. it just began while driving normal.
I’m getting a check engine light code P2197.
I looked at the vacuum hoses and they looked fine. I took it to a mechanic and he said it was something internal and the best thing would be a used engine that he could put in for $1700 including the engine. It has 150,000 miles and already had transmission issues. I put a used transmission in a few years ago.
I don’t want to invest much money. Just trying to see what is going on and possibly save it if possible before scrapping the car at the junkyard. I would maybe for a few hundred into it but not that kind of money. I would rather purchase something different.
I took some things apart today and checked the push rods. I thought that might have been the loud tapping noise. They look fine along with the rocker arms.
I see the code could be oxygen sensor ( I don’t think it would make it run this terrible would it )
I also see the code could be the fuel injectors. Any help would be great!