OK , having a bunch of experience in this and beening involved in a lawsuit over holes put in my Taurus becasue of winching from a unreinforced T- Hole; read up.
"I know my GenIV has something that looks sturdy under the rear bumper cover thingy. Its metal and seems to be attached to something."
Those are transport triangles that are used strictly from holding down the car on the semi or on a train. These are not safe tow points for winching any taurus from. ANyway - those are sposta be taken off at the dealership when the car arives and gets inspected. I guess if you have them, you could use them on your car, but that metal is not strong enough to winch a car from; - but you might be able to pull a car using thoes spots as long as the other car is in N. The only thing that holds the triangles on is a bolt.
IN the rear of the car, there are no 'good' spots to place a hook with out damaging a Taurus, unless it is in nuteral and not stuck in mud or snow. Do not hook the hook to any suspension parts or in the holes that are in the rear sub frame. These holes are not for towing or winching from ( see attched picture).
IN the front end, the only kinda safe are to be towed from is the sub frame. I have seen a Taurus that did have the whole sub frame ripped out from incorect winching, so you still have to watch what you are doing. IN the front of the car there are some reinforced T-holes but again, these holes are for winching your car. These T-holes are to be used for tiedowns when you car is being flat bedded (sp).
You must also be carful not for rub the bumper with the cable/rope/chain. You might want to use a carpet between the car and cable.
The only truly good way to move your car is via flat bed. Ford even tells you ( in the Ford towing manuel) that there isnt any tow points in the rear of the Taurus ans there is only 2 good points int he froint of the car. It is a well known fact that they Taurus is one of the hardest cars to winch out of a ditch without breaking something.
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