While making a right turn I felt something 'give' in the front end and
the steering wheel had to be helped back into straight position. Now
the steering wheel is at 10 and 4 o'clock position for the car to go
straight. Our mechanic had it and decided it was a broken bolt in the
sub frame. He didn't have the equipment to fix it because he said he
needed a second lift to hold everything up while the car was on the
lift. We drove the car back home and have an appointment somewhere else
There was a recall for 'subframe plates' but we were told by the Ford
dealer in town that this wouldn't affect the steering. Now when I make
a right turn I can feel something bumping underneath as if something is
hitting the steering column ( I can feel the vibration in the wheel) and
it's harder to turn left than right...although just a little. Needless
to say, I've been driving very carefully and very little.
Are we looking at a major repair? Thanks in advance for any info.
Well, if you broke a sub frame mount and your mechanic could not fix it
for lack of "tools", find a new mechanic. He is full of it. A Taurus
subframe has four large long bolts that go through a large 3 or 4 inch
washer to hold the subframe to the uni body. jacking the car up with a
floor jack and a impact wrench will take the old one off. They are stiff
to get off, so a air impact is needed in most cases (long bolt too).
What happens is the washer rusts through and a corner of the subframe
becomes detached from the uni body. It can cause erratic steering.
Call in to your ford dealer with your Vin number and see if the car
has had it done before and if it qualifies. If not, any mechanic
worth his salt can buy the updated bolt and washer from the ford
dealer and put it on.
How do i know this? I had it happen to me. This was before the recall.
I bitched up a storm to ford to no avail and then to the NHTSA.
Latter, they extended the recall to my car. I put mine on myself
with a air impact and a floor jack. It would have been a bitch to
do it without air tools though.
There are many things in a taurus front end that can go wrong.
A broken subframe mount can cause exactly the problems you are describing.
There was a recall for that problem but you need to get it repaired quickly
whether it's covered or not. It's an easy repair IF the bolt doesn't twist
off, but a bit more of a problem if it does. Not a major job either way.
Thank you (both Bobs)...I'm feeling better already. The repair is
scheduled for Wednesday. And now I can at least know a little about
what I'm talking about to the new mechanic. I had visions of some 500
dollar repair bill...just don't have the money for that. I'll tell them
to change all bolts...guess the kit would come that way anyway. We were
told they were all pretty corroded. The recall on the list only
mentioned "subframe plate corrosion" and the repair person at the dealer
claimed it wouldn't affect steering. (?) I guess the plate is something
From what i have seen with mine, its not the bolts that go bad but the
huge washers under the bolts. The washer rusts and then the head of the
bolt pops through it cauaing the subframe the drop on that corner. These
are very long bolts and have a locking type goo on there threads. That
makes them a bitch to get out. I suppose you could just replace the
washer. But for safety reasons, i would stick with a factory bolt and
washer. Hopefully, its under recall and the dealer will fix it for free.
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