hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,474 miles

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1999 Ford Taurus steering problems

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1999 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 012007


  • 0 miles


I'll copy anothers post to reflect exactly the way I feel and my experience with this steering issue... rack and pinion seal leaks fluid into the right hand boot and then the ground, causing the power steering not to function properly and failure to the power steering pump. I can't believe Ford doesn't care about the safty and loyalty of their customers and take steps to correct this consistant defect quite common in this model.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #15

Dec 152010


  • 86,000 miles
I bought this 1999 Ford Taurus in 2011. I had to have the power steering rack replaced due to it leaking. Once this got replaced the car began to idle really really bad when the ac or heater was turned on, this would also sometimes occur just sitting at a light with nothing on. It would also happen in reverse sometimes stalling the car. I have put over 2000 into the car to try and figure it out. I came across the 2005 Ford freestyle that is having the same issue that is being investigated know. I have replaced the idle air control valve, mass air flow sensor, cpu, throttle position sensor, power steering position sensor, cam shaft position sensor, alternator, power steering rack, and there are a few other that I will need to find the receipts for. This is a very unsafe issue because it has almost caused several accidents when I was driving and also my father in law. It sometimes will happen right as you are coming to a stop so it jumps and you almost don't have time to stop. I am very frustrated with the issue and am getting ready to sell the car. I have taken to several Ford dealers and had them look at it and see what was happening but could not find anything wrong. They told me they had issues with all of these parts so I replaced. But to my surprise I am still having the same issue. It only has 94,000 so very low miles for the year. I have a child on the way and cannot have a very very unsafe vehicle.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #14

Sep 192011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 57,213 miles
Got off freeway and made two left turns going down street with a slight bend to the right steering locked slightly turning to the right, continued till got out of the middle of the road. Shut off car and restarted twice before steering lock released.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #13

May 192011


  • 42,470 miles


The contact owns a 1999 Ford Taurus. The contact stated the steering wheel was difficult to turn while driving at various speeds. The failure was more pronounced when making right turns. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the power steering fluid was replaced. Approximately two weeks later, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to another independent repair shop where the contact was informed that something was blocking the path of the power steering fluid within the power steering fluid's reservoir. The power steering fluid was again replaced. The failure mileage was 42,470.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 122011


  • 150,000 miles
I am having trouble with my steering wheel it shakes over 45 mph and I have called they place were I bought it and my warranty ran out so I have to figure out how to get it fixed then I see there is a recall N my type of car I want it replaced.

- Schwenksville, PA, USA

problem #11

May 122010


  • miles
A 51 point inspection done on a 1999 Ford Taurus I purchased that had the following safety issues: Cracked brakes, loose pinion rod, transmission, steering wheel off center to name a few items. Required a flushing, oil, etc. I had to pay out of pocket to have most of these items repaired or replaced. Some old parts are available, but I also have documentation to support my complaint. I have not had the transmission fixed due to funds. These items are a safety issue and could have cause a major accident.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 012010


  • 127,000 miles


My 1999 Ford Taurus has power steering rack and pinion issuses. The car makes whining noises when turning, the steering gets tight after a few minutes of driving. The fluid ozzes out of pump out of cap.can cause a crash it jerks the wheel a little bit also. Ive looked this problem up on internet and theres alot of the same issue with their cars.there should be a recall notice for so many of the same issues

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
When following behind a semi truck or a pickup pulling a trailor the turbulance from the truck or trailor causes my 1999 Ford Taurus SE to shake violantly and is hard to control.

- Meade , KS, USA

problem #8

Mar 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,858 miles
Heat only operated on max. Bought repair manual and repair part and fixed it myself. (vehicle was 1 month out of warranty and dealer would not help). Steering gear failed. (vehicle warranty was under mileage but over on time. (dealer would not help with parts or labor even though they knew the part was defective).

- Moline, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,797 miles
Front brake rotor warp alot at lease a set a year transmission shifts rough at times steering is stift pulls to the left hard sometimes, think it might be something with the transaxle?

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,500 miles


Swaybar endlinks are junk but dealer insists oem only way to go. Aodx transmission kicks in and out. Now experiencing P0500 code (faulty speed sensor)? rear brakes have always squeeled (even with oem pads) have had two apparent blowouts of pass side seal in rack.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #5

Mar 122003


  • miles
Hile driving steering wheel would be hard to turn. Dealer notified.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #4

May 052003


  • miles
Consumer states this second time the rack and pinion is broke. Dealer notified nothing they can't do.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 252003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
Car made grinding noise while turning. Progressively got worse. Had car checked and needed power steering rack replaced. Mechanic said it was failing, at less than 40,000 miles. Bought car used at 35,000 miles. Ford needs to recall the power steering unit as it is obviously a bad design. Called Ford and explained situation, but to no avail...

- Quaker Hill, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 242003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,238 miles
1999 Ford Taurus lost power steering, pump and rack needed to be replaced. The car had 36,264 miles, warrenty was up at 36,000. We thought this was a safety issue, contacted Ford and they were not overly concerned. We also thought they should reimburse some of the $1400 cost to replace the parts.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282002


  • miles
The consumer was driving when he heard a loud squealing noise under the hood. The steering had become hard to steer due to power steering pump and steering gear failure.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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