I've inherited a 92 Taurus Wagon from my dad to use as a Lowesmobile. It runs
fine; the body is in good shape, interior is excellent... all good reasons for
keeping it for its intended use. The only thing that annoys me is the creaking,
squeaking, and groaning in the steering at low speeds. The sound seems to be
coming more out of the passenger side of the car; all in the front. Once you're
at any normal cruise speed more than say 20 mph, the noise seems to disappear.
It doesn't appear to have anything to do with shock absorption. Bouncing the
car up and down doesn't cause the noise. Turning the steering wheel does.
Anybody have any ideas of 1) what's wrong? and 2) how much it'll take to correct
it? When push comes to shove, it's just a noise; the car steers fine... no
shimmy, no slop. OTOH, it annoys me. Gentlemen?
It requires removing the strut/spring combo from the car to replace the
failed components, in this case the strut bearing. Any shop can do it in a
hour or two, it just depends on how much the car fights them when they
start pulling it apart. The cost of the parts should be under $50 per side
unless they find something else that needs replacing.
Mortimer Schnerd, RN wrote:
From my experience, strut bearing wear-out is fairly common on the
Taurus/Sable line. I replaced them on my 94 Taurus at around 90k miles
because they were creaking when steering at low speed (parking lots and
such), the car has 160k miles on it now and it starting to do it again. I
know of at least 2 other Taurus/Sable cars in my family that have 100k
miles or less that are in need of them being replaced, and several others
not in the family that have had this issue. I am not going to go so far as
to say it should be in the top 10 on the fix list, or even really the top
20 probably, but at some point it should probably be fixed. I am not a
certified mechanic or anything so take this as my opinion, but I let mine
make noise for about 20k miles before finally getting sick of the noise and
One thing I forgot to mention in a previous post on this subject is, you
will need to have an alignment done after the repairs are finished.
Hope that helps,
Since the noise is emanating from the passengers side, I'm going to think PS
pump concerns.... the pump is on this side of the car. At low speeds, the
resistance to steering is high and the system needs to build more pressure.
The easiest way to tell would be to listen carefully as an assistant turns
the steering wheel. Check the fluid for level, colour and odor.
A top strut mount should produce any noise no matter what the speed and it
wouldn't matter if the motor was running or not.
If the PS fluid is dark or has odor, you could try a flush and fill as a
cheap try. I doubt that it will help but there is that one chance where it
might do the trick.
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