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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 3
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Taurus steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 032003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car problem happens when it rains. When I hit a puddle on the right front side the power steering does not work for several seconds, though the engine runs fine. When I hit the water it splashes up and gets the belt to the power steering pump wet and all power steering goes out for 5 to 10 seconds. This is a nightmare in traffic.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 132003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
When turning right at a street corner in the rain the power steering will momentarily fail. The drive belt will make a slight squeal when it re-engages. It appears that there is inadequage splash shielding inside the right hand wheel well such that water is thrown up on the drive belt and crankshaft pully by the cocked wheel. The drive belt is relatively new but the problem also occurred with the oem belt.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jul 012000

Taurus

  • miles
After about 60000 miles the serpentine belt that drives the power steering started slipping when we hit a puddle, causing power steering to stop. Belt replaced at 68,000, but problem recurred starting again at about 85000 miles. Very dangerous, unexpected failures.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #7

Aug 052002

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power steering developed a leak and suddenly became non functional. System failed, and is being repaired.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 092000

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was difficult to turn due to a loss of power steering. Dealer repaired for 5th time by replacing stabilizer bar and sway bar. Problem is getting worse.. consumer stated the right front speaker was distorted when playing tapes, the hood would not open.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 252000

Taurus

  • miles
High pressure power steering hose ruptured at highway speeds. Loss of vehicle control. Loss of power steering boost. No injuries.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 231999

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This could have been a fatal accident I was driving at about 60 miles and all of a sudden I had lost control of wheel and was fighting to steer the car. This happened twice within a month 7/23/99 and again8/23/99. The lord was truly with me I could have had a serious accident both times.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 181999

Taurus

  • miles
Power steering is noisy.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 091999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering unit experiences noise, replacement of hose and unit did not rectify noise problem.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 042000

Taurus

  • miles
While driving and making a left hand turn power steering went completely out. Also, when making a turn driver's side seat belt will lock. Contacted dealer and manufacturer. Vehicle is not under warranty.

- Detriot, MI, USA

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