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From: Trevor Tharpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 11:37:34 -0400
Subject: sho cam failure
My name is Trevor Tharpe. I wish to join the class action lawsuit on the camshaft problem. My car has been down for about a month now due to 4 bent valves and perhaps cracked pistons.
1) VIN: 1FALP54N0VA270381
1997 Ford Taurus SHO front intake camshaft sprocket slipped. I did a compression test which concluded I have 4 bent valves.
2) Malfunction Date: August 10, 2005
3) Took Place: Highway
4) Mileage: 96,422
5) Traveling: 60MPH
6) Constant Speed
7) Date of Purchase: February, 2003, Used
8) Mileage When Purchased: 67,000
10) Some events leading up to the malfunction include a ticking noise coming from the front valve cover. I hadn't had time to get it diagnosed. The car was beginning to misfire when I accelerated. A week later or so the sprocket slipped which in turn bent 4 valves.
11) I called the customer complaint line at Ford and the gentlemen said he has never heard of this problem. He checked recall status and said there was no recalls on my VIN. I updated all my contact details with ford.
12 ? 16) I haven't taken my car to a dealership. After researching the symptoms I found this information out about the camshaft. I removed the valve cover and had a mechanic friend look at it. He definitely diagnosed the problem, which clearly can be identified as the sprocket slipped off the cam. He did a compression test and all four cylinders were leaking through the intake. The engine is pretty much shot. I will get a statement, and I would appreciate the lawyers contact me as soon as possible.
17) To make me a satisfied ford owner FOMOCO could replace the engine or pay off my 8,000 Loan through the bank.
Trevor A. Tharpe