really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
123,500 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace power steering pump, etc (2 reports)
  3. replace the rack & pinion (1 reports)
1999 Ford Taurus steering problems

steering problem

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1999 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 222012

Taurus SE 24vdo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


I was returning from TN. to PA. comeing off the turnpike hill before exit 119 Morgan Town West Va. I had my alarm sounding, I looked an noticed no power, everything shut down on the way down the hill in the hammer lane with a semi beside me. I managed to get it to the slow lane and pull off on the shoulder. I opened the hood and I found the problem. The shaft on my power steering unit seized up an broke off. I held the pulley in my hand, as a result of this failure it also took along my rack-n-pinion unit. This could of been a major crash !!!! I replaced everything myself as I'm also a mech/tech diesel for earth-movers. The hardest part was the towing $1200, I bought an old Taurus same as mine for parts, Ford needs to come clean an get these notices/ safety bulletins out sooner to us public/techs...

- Patrick H., Garrett, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 162013

Taurus SE 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

This car is a piece of sh*t! I've always been a Chevy girl and now I know why!!! The day I bought this car I was actually excited-it seemed nice. The a/c froze me out on the way home. Parked it, got up next morning to go to work and it wouldn't start. 2 hrs later-late to work-thankfully my neighbor a mechanic came over to help. It was battery terminal issue. Got car started, headed to work-no ac. Worked again ONCE (came on by itself) WHEN IT WAS COLD AND RAINING-HEATER COMES ON WHEN IT WANTS TO RANDOMLY BUT A/C HASNT AGAIN. Several mechanics have looked at it-tested ut etc. no one can find a problem and I'll be damned if I pay Ford a F-n penny to look at or fix it. Battery terminal & cable issues off and on for 6 months...finally bought new battery- stil had a few problems every now and then but not as much. Check engine light came on next-auto zone says transmission problem. Trunk now opens by itself randomly while driving. Dome light never goes off (Now I know why there wasn't one in there when I bought the car! Hesitating, coughing, gasping for air and dying at red lights etc. Not exhast leak like I thought-who knows what it is...BASICALLY I THINK THE ENTIRE CARS IS AN ELECTRICAL NIGHTMARE AND ALL MY ISSUES SOMHOW ARE RELATED TO THAT. Stalls, pops out of gear or dies in the middle of the highway. Oh forgot, add engine coolant light been on since day I bought it and no matter how full you fill it it never goes off. Latest issue, add colant light off and now O/D off flashes up and battery light. Service engine soon light remains on...power steering went out and brakes as well. Fill with fluid they both work it runs out asap-repeat steps 1 and 2. I am fixing to go to the store and buy a shorter belt and bypass the power steering since I have already spent 200 and a week and a half on this issue and am done. Told my hudband we should have done that in the first place!!! I cant wait until I can afford another car. I intend to take a sledge hammer, my gun, and dynamite to this MF and release 2 years worth of frustration, and wasted money not to mention labor. I feel like I am forgetting something and I am sure I am. I wouldn't run over my worst enemy with this car for fear that they would become jinxed as well. NOTE TO SELF...NEVER BUY ANOTHER FORD AND IF YOU CANT AFFORD ANYTHING ELSE-WALK UNTIL YOU SAVE ENOUGH MONEY-YOU'RE GONNA BE WALKING ANYWAY. Found On Road Dead thats what FORD stands for!!! Who was that A-hole who told me it was First On Race Day? I'd like to go kick his ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Christie D., Mesquite, RX, USA

problem #4

Sep 022011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

After finding it was NOT the power steering pump, we looked below and found the leak, coming from the rack and pinion itself underneath the car.

Looks like a defective rack and pinion leak.

- Paul S., Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 012010

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I've had this car for 5 years and it's caused me nothing but trouble. The final straw was the breaking of my power steering system. In addition to replacing the power steering pump (400$) I needed to replace the pins (or whatever they are called) that actually make the wheels turn (900$). This is in addition to suspension problems (700$) before I could even get the car to a safe driving level. Not to mention that within a year of getting the car the speakers quit working, the windshield wipers were coming on by themselves, replaced the motor mounts and a catalytic converter. And then last year I replaced the entire fuel system, new brakes and brake pads, and new tires. This year I replaced the breaks again and then the car was having an undiagnosed problem shifting. This car is a piece of sh*t!

- misselphaba, Columbia, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Power steering pump needs replaced but as this is a total POS we've been adding the fluid with the sealant. Not helping anymore.

- jazz421, Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 162006

(reported on)


  • 38,000 miles

No power steering, however, power steering fluid is full

This is a great car. I expected someone to know how to fix this problem. I have taken it to 3 places and no one seems to know what is the matter. The Ford place is to far for me to drive it and I don't know what to do.

- Catherine A., Deltona, FL, USA

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