1993 Taurus SHO

I have an odd problem which I am not sure how to fix. My SHO has a metal square cup that the front strut bar seats into before mounting to the crossmember on the front of the car. The square cup is gone on 1 side and on
the other is rusting away. I need a fix for this soon as I have an inspection due and am afraid it will not pass inspection. I noticed that MOOG has a crossmember repair kit that looks like it might fix the problem, but no one that sells it can tell me if that's what it for. Probably due to my inability to describe the problem correctly. What drew me to the problem is that when I take my foot off the brake after stopping hard you can hear a clunking noise and feel the wheel pop. This bar is moving forward during hard braking and the noise is it popping back into place when the pressure is taking off it. Any ideas?
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"KENNETH MCABEE" wrote

Here's one place that sells it (online): http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/catalog.php?carcode 38801&parttype402
Here's what it looks like:
http://www.rockauto.com/ref/Moog/Detail.html?K8737.gif
Here's Moog's 31k PDF all about it: http://www.federal-mogul.com/fmeconnect/technicalservices/downloads/2077.pdf
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From: snipped-for-privacy@verizon.net (KENNETHMCABEE)
What drew me to the problem is that when I take my foot off the brake after stopping hard you can hear a clunking noise and feel the wheel pop. This bar is moving forward during hard braking and the noise is it popping back into place when the pressure is taking off it. Any ideas?
=========== hi kenneth - might might perfect sense if you approach the problem from this view point.
on rear wheel drive, the stress of transferring power is handled by the rear suspension. it is beefed up as compared to a front wheel drive.
on a front wheel drive, the steering pieces have to take the abuse of the power transfer and when you throw the power of the SHO into the picture, those parts really get stress.
can you imagine how much stress is placed on those pieces on a hard takeoff. the front suspension has to hold the wheels in alignment as well as not flex from the torque. the pieces are being pushed together from the acceleration and the front wheels are wanting to spread apart.
when you brake, it is just the opposite. the front wheels want to collapse together and the opposite stress is placed on those same pieces.
hence - this is why the inner tie rods go out first on front wheel drives.
so the question is this. how many miles of starting and stopping can a front wheel take before showing signs of what you described.
now, if you go back and read what you wrote, it may make a lot of sense.
best of luck on your repair.
~ curtis
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