Got my wife's Ford Taurus squared away today.
2006 Ford Taurus
3.0 litre V-6
Have had one headache after another with this car. Finally got it all up and running this evening. Had to replace brake lines a week or two ago cause' some of them rusted out. Then she wanted her drums painted purple, so I decided to oblige. Well when I took one of the drums off I discovered one of the brake shoes was cracked in half, so I went ahead and replaced all 4 of the rear brake shoes (disc brakes on front). Not only that, but when I took it out to test the replaced brake lines, I discovered that it had a new problem, a miss on one of the cylinders. Based on its behavior I figured it was a bad coil, so I replaced the coil, and also replaced all 6 spark plugs because when I checked them before while diagnosing the issue, one of them was burned pretty bad (the mis-firing cylinder), so when I replaced the coil I replaced the spark plugs as well.
So today I replaced the coil, replaced all 6 spark plugs, replaced all 4 rear brake shoes, and painted her brake drums purple. Just took it out for a test drive, and it's awesome, drives like a brand new car.
The new brake pads mounted, and the broken one in my hand.
First brake drum mounted after being painted. I also painted the axle end-cap flat black to try and prevent the wheel from corroding/rusting to it.
First wheel mounted after being painted.