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CarComplaints.com Notes: Most people need a car where the coil springs don't puncture or shred tires while driving. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 1999-2003 Ford Taurus has a huge problem with coil springs breaking, which can puncture or even shred tires while driving.

The US government spent THREE YEARS (2008-2011) investigating the 2002-2003 Taurus coil springs. Although Taurus/Sable from earlier years were recalled, ultimately the NHTSA did not force a recall. They determined that because there had been no deaths & very few bad crashes & injuries, the broken coil springs defect was no big deal & not a safety defect. Tell that to all the owners who had close calls...

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,204 miles

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2002 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 18 of 21)

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problem #61

Sep 172006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,592 miles

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

: the contact stated while attempting to back out of the driveway, there was a loud popping noise coming from the front followed by the vehicle dropping down to the ground on the left side without warning. Upon initial inspection, the contact determined the left front tire was blown. Further inspection revealed the left front coil spring had fractured and punctured the tire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to await repair. There was a NHTSA recall, # 04V332000, regarding suspension:front:springs:coil springs. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was notified.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #60

Sep 152006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked in the garage the front driver side coil spring fractured and punctured the tire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and both front coil springs were replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, # 04V332000, regarding the front coil springs. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 02/06/07.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #59

Sep 142006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
: the contact stated while backing out of a driveway at 10 mph on dry flat road conditions, a noise was heard which sounded as if the vehicle ran something over. Upon inspection, the front passenger side tire was flat. The flat tire was replaced with a spare tire, and the vehicle was driven to a gas station for further inspection. A replacement tire was purchased. When the independent mechanic attempted to replace the spare, the front passenger coil springs were observed to be fractured. The mechanic replaced the struts and springs. The contact expressed that there were similar problems with earlier models of this make and model. There was a NHTSA recall #04V332000 regarding the suspension: Front: Springs: Coil springs. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. Updated 10/25/2006 -

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #58

Sep 122006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,141 miles

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

: the contact stated while traveling 15 mph, the front passenger side tire went flat. The contact attempted to replace the tire with the spare, but noticed the coil spring had fractured. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where the tire and coil spring was replaced. Updated 10/18/2006 - the other front coil spring and tire were replaced for safety reasons. The consumer still has the faulty coil spring in his possession.

- Lake, MI, USA

problem #57

Aug 252006

Taurus

  • miles
2002 Ford Taurus front coil spring fractured causing damage to the tire.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #56

Aug 302006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
: the contact stated while pulling out of a lot, the vehicle was placed in reverse and there was a loud grinding noise. Upon exiting the vehicle, the left front tire was flat. While changing the tire, there was a spring observed to be stuck in the left front tire. The vehicle was towed to a dealership where it was determined the front coil springs had fractured. There was an NHTSA recall, # 04V332000, regarding the suspension: Front: Springs: Coil springs. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #55

Jul 202006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

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

Right from spring broke on my 2002 Taurus wagon. I only moved it a few feet and the spring broke an punctured the tire. If this happened on the open highway I could not comprehend the results.

- Angola, NY, USA

problem #54

Jul 022006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle was parked in the driveway when a loud noise was heard. Upon inspection of the vehicle, there was air observed coming out of the left front tire. The front suspension coil spring had fractured and had pushed the tire off the bead, knocking it out of the rim, and puncturing a 2 inch hole into the tire. The dealer was notified, who advised the contact to get the code parts.

- Port Allegany, PA, USA

problem #53

Jul 162006

Taurus

  • miles
I backed the car out of the garage in the morning and left it in the driveway the entire day. Around 9:30 pm I proceeded to move the car back into the garage. I moved no more than three feet when the passenger side front tire ruptured. Aaa came to change the tire but was unable to remove it as the front coil spring was embedded in the side wall of the tire. The side wall was sliced about 10 inches in length. The car was towed to the Ford dealership the next day. The service center at the dealership informed me that the coil spring had broken and that the car was not covered by an earlier recall for the same problem. Both front coil springs and passenger side front tire will be replaced.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #52

Jun 142006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,385 miles
While exiting the driveway, front driver side tire went flat accompanied by a loud noise. The vehicle was moved to an independent repair shop (via flatbed truck) that found the coil spring & strut for that location & the right rear coil spring had fractured. The broken front spring ripped through the sidewall of the tire. Both springs were replaced, along with the strut & tire. There is a NHTSA recall, #04V332000 regarding the front springs; however this vehicle isn't included in the recall due to it's VIN.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #51

Jun 252006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,390 miles

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

Sunday morning, June 25, 2006 I found my 2002 Ford Taurus in my garage leaning to the left front drivers side. Upon close inspection I found that the left front coil spring had snapped and punctured the left front tire. Since I work on Sunday I was forced to try and find some place to fix the car. The only place I could find within reasonable towing distance could not repair the car until the next day necessitating me getting a rental car to go to work. The cost of the tow, rental car and repair (which consisted of replacing both springs, struts, damaged tire and front end alignment approached $800. Ford has a recall on the 1999 to 2001 Ford Taurus for this exact problem. I have seen numerous reports of people with the 2002 model having the exact same problem as I have had but Ford's recall only covers up to model year 2001.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #50

Jul 012006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Fractured coil spring on 2002 Ford Taurus, resulting in punctured tire and costly repairs not covered under recall. This is a common and dangerous problem in the Ford Taurus and should be subject of a recall immediately. Ford recalled earlier model years but refuses to extend the recall to 2002 and beyond.

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #49

Jul 012006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,300 miles
Failure of left front spring, resulting in puncture of tire on a 2002 Ford Taurus, purchased in Pennsylvania. I have noted that there has been a recall of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Ford Taurus models for exactly the same front spring failure on cars sold in northern states (including Pennsylvania).

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #48

Nov 292005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was in reverse the front driver side coil spring fractured, puncturing the tire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where both front coil springs were replaced.

- Mt Morris, NY, USA

problem #47

Jun 162006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
: the contact stated while pulling out of the driveway, the front driver side tire went flat. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop that determined the coil spring in that location and the rear passenger spring had fractured. Both coil springs were replaced. There is a NHTSA recall, # 04V332000, regarding the front coil springs; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #46

May 302006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,054 miles
Driving along a smooth road when the right front coil spring broke. Stabilizer arm broken, cv boot required replacement. This is a 2002 Taurus with 95 K. on calling Ford, was informed that recall only covered up to 2001, but customer reps could not explain why the recall ended when the problem obviously has not been rectified.

- Madoc, On, 00, USA

problem #45

Jun 062006

Taurus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front coil spring on my 2002 Ford Taurus broke, and flatten the front tire. This happen on tues. June 6, 2006, at 6:45 a.M. I was backing out of my driveway. At this point my front end in on the driveway, while the rest of the car was in the street. It was my turn to drive the 5 person carpool, so fortunately this happened when it did, and not while I was on the thruway driving four people.

- Scotia, NY, USA

problem #44

May 292006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,800 miles
2002 Ford Taurus with 76,000 miles coil and strut broke and punctured large whole in front driver side wheel. Pulling foward at low speed and then backing out of driveway when failure occurred. Failure corrected by replacing both front coils and springs, two new front tires, alignment and labor totaling $800. 1998-2001 models had a recall to place a shield on springs which they know break and cause flat tires. My vehicle was not under recall but had it had the shield, I would not have had to replace my front tires.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #43

Apr 262006

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,886 miles
Driving down a residential street - going 35 mph - smooth pavement and "boom" - my front end surges forward and left - I'm thinking I blew a tire but instead, had the car towed and the coil spring broke - on a 4 year car ! - this is defective ! left front coil spring broke, damaging the stabilizer and tearing the cv boot cover: $800+ repair. If this would of happened at 70 mph ! - scary !

- Nortville, MI, USA

problem #42

May 152006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
: the contact stated the front coil springs fractured. The front passenger side of the vehicle collapsed and there was a very loud rubbing sound heard coming from the passenger side tire. There is an NHTSA recall, # 04V332000, regarding the suspension: Front: Springs: Coil springs. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

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