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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,508 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Sep 082016

Taurus

  • 87,000 miles

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

Car has around 87,000 miles. While leaving the driveway the wheel became very hard to turn, as if the power steering went out. The steering is on and off with the power steering. Took it to private mechanic and was told the power steering needs to be replaced at a cost of $1200. Really sucks because we just bought the car about 1000 miles ago. After looking on line I find this is a common problem, why isn't this a recall?

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #26

Aug 302016

Taurus

  • 149,000 miles
After having the vehicle for 5 months, the steering went out while tring to exit a driveway. Was told that due to my warranty drivetime would replace the power steering pump. After calling in to work on E occasions and waiting about 4 to 6 hours on each visit, just to be told that its my rack and pinion which drive time does not cover. Im not sure why they wouldnt cover the complete steering system. The mechanic said it will cost me 1000...5 months of having the vehicle

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #25

Jun 132013

Taurus

  • 100,000 miles
Driving in city when power steering suddenly became extremely hard to move, drove straight to dealer left it there until diagnoses and repair could be done. Determined that it was power steering gear and pump were bad. No warning sign when gave out, have older Chevy that gave noticeable warning when things are going out.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #24

May 142015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. Upon backing out of the garage and the driveway, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn left and right without warning. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the steering gears needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000. Updated 7/21/15 updated 9/22/2015

- Saltillo, MS, USA

problem #23

Dec 282014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 23,401 miles
Left turn from a stop, out of subdivision entrance. While turning, steering became extremely difficult. Immediately tried to get vehicle of the road. Before totally off the road, steering returned to normal. Started back into traffic and immediately seized again briefly, returning to normal. This was also accompanied by a grinding noise. Immediately returned home. Thankfully it was a Sunday and traffic wasn't heavy, as this happened on a well traveled highway through our town. I had one of my children with me. Mechanic was called, vehicle not taken to shop yet. This issue is the most filed complaint on this site, and an absolute safety issue!!!! why is there not a recall"?? the following was taken directly from this site: "what is a safety-related defect" the United States code for motor vehicle safety (title 49, chapter 301) defines motor vehicle safety as the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle. a defect includes any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment. generally, a safety defect is defined as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that: Poses an risk to motor vehicle safety, and may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture." Steering issues don't pose a risk to vehicle safety" all the same complaints don't show a problem may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture" in addition, this failure seems to happen when there are low miles on the odometer.

- Grove City, PA, USA

problem #22

Sep 212014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 54,288 miles
I was backing out of the driveway and I was trying to turn the steering wheel and I could not do so. Finally it did turn. While driving I was having difficulty steering. I was coming off an exit which was very curvy and I almost could not control the steering of the car.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #21

Jul 122014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles

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

Travelling home from Missouri to Oklahoma with my son in rainy conditions I noticed that the steering on my Taurus was tight and difficult to steer to the right. The car became difficult to steer and it felt like the power steering had been lost. Without warning the car veered to the right and became unsafe. I slowed to about 45 mph and was able to maintain control of the car. This is a safety problem that needs to be addressed by Ford. From what I've read, this steering problem seems to be common to this year Taurus. The cost of repairs, from what I've seen, averages above $1,000. What, if anything, is being done to correct this problem. I did read of one report that occurred while the car was under warranty. This should be a recall item because it is definitely a safety issue!

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #20

Jun 162014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
When turning to the right at city and highway speeds the steering wheel is extremely hard to turn to the right. Once the steering wheel is turned to negotiate an approximate 45 degree turn, the steering wheel wants to turn independently farther to the right. The steering is unstable at highway speeds.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #19

Jun 302014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I was starting to enter the highway and my steering started to tighten up. By the time I got onto the highway, I couldn't turn left at all. Luckily, I could still turn right. By the time I got off the highway, I couldn't steer at all. Was told by the mechanic I took it to it was a common problem with the Ford Taurus. I was quoted $1200 for repairs. I am a retired widow living on a fixed income, so I am unsure where to go from here. I will file a complaint with Ford next. My warranty expired in 2012.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #18

May 262014

Taurus

  • 38,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while reversing, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front passengers side of the vehicle and suddenly the power steering failed, causing the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,500.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #17

Jan 162014

Taurus

  • 31,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel seized and he had to use extreme force to complete the turn. The contact stated that the issue continued after he completed the turn however, the failure still occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the worm gear and the power assist needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000. Updated 05/12/14

- Lebonia, MI, USA

problem #16

May 152013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I purchased my 2008 Taurus with 27,000 miles on it. It had a clean carfax report with no accidents. Shortly thereafter, I noticed a popping noise in the front of the car. At 48,000 miles, as I was entering a parking space at a restaurant, the steering locked up. I had to replace the rack and pinion assembly at a cost of $480. I currently have 60,000 miles on the car and am getting the same noise with the replacement parts. Is this a common problem with this model and has there been any recalls associated with this issue?

- Mount Carmel, TN, USA

problem #15

Nov 262013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 125,565 miles
My steering tightened up to the point of almost being locked. I had to come to a complete stop so I would not hit the car in the intersection which I was turning in to. I have had several issues similar to this but it is becoming more frequent and serious.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

problem #14

Sep 252013

Taurus

  • 45,000 miles
Steering is very difficult to use. While driving, steering will go from normal ability to turn steering wheel to very hard. Nearly caused an accident! took car to private mechanic and was told steering rack had to be replaced. This cost over $1100 to replace!

- Pepperll, MA, USA

problem #13

Dec 172012

Taurus

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when completing a left turn, the steering wheel would become seize and exhibit and abnormal pop sound. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic where it was determined that the entire rack and pinion assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 51,000.

- Mount Carmel, TN, USA

problem #12

Oct 022012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 38,898 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph and making a right turn, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the rack and pinion would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated that the rack and pinion would have to be replaced a second time. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 38,898.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 152012

Taurus

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 40 mph when the power steering failed and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 36,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jan 252012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 29,431 miles
The rack pinion assembly needs replacing after only 29431 miles. The dealer also recommends replacing the sway bar assembly; however, no physical damage to the sway bar assembly is evident. The rack and pinion has not degraded to the point of binding or inhibiting steering at this time. But, it obviously will do so in the future and requires attention. I note that this is a frequent occurrence with this assembly based on other complaints at this site. I have written to Ford ([xxx]) but with no response to date. The failure was diagnosed on 1/25/2012 after my complaining about a pop in the steering assembly during turns. No other incident occurred. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #9

Nov 232011

Taurus

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the steering wheel seized, making the vehicle difficult to steer. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 114,000.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 022011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 30,782 miles
While driving home Sunday evening on 10/02/20011, steering assist failed and felt like it might lock up. Drove the rest of the way home with partial steering assist. Brought the car to the Ford dealer the next morning. They said the steering gear failed. Cost to repair $985 plus tax.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

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