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I just recently bought a 99 taurus and when I was doing a brake job I realized I couldnt lift the car. Around the frame rail it is starting to rust and when I tried to lift on the rail it started to make this crackl.ing noise like it wanted to colapse. Am I SOL or can this be fixed somehow? Is there any other jacking points to lift it at and safelt put a stand under? HELP please.


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Check the extent of the rust. Remove the plastic rocker guards. Dirt and water like to collect in them and cause rust. The rockers on my '97 wagon were completely rusted out. I had to fabricate and weld in replacements. I found the problem the same way you did... while jacking the car up to perform a brake job.

You can jack the front of the car up from the front of the subframe, and the rear by placing a solid board under the lower control arm box in the center of the vehicle. Never use the jack directly on the box because you will damage it.

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Maybe im not describing myself correctly. http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/inde...howtopic=42615 where the yellow lift arms is where im jacking the car up from is that safe? Thats where the rust is occuring.


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I never jack or support the car from the rails. Most jack heads and stands are too narrow to spread the load evenly and will damage the rail. I always use the notched jack points at the rocker, the subframe, or the rear LCA box.

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I had rust problems with my subframe & SF bushings.




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well.. does anyone have pics of where to properly jack and use a stand on? thanks for the help guys.


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QUOTE (01mercLS @ May 9 2009, 09:57 AM)
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well.. does anyone have pics of where to properly jack and use a stand on? thanks for the help guys.[/b]
How bad is the rust? Its possible its rusted so bad there isn't any safe place to jack it up.

The pics in your link above seem to show the proper spots to jack, although I used the pinch weld area myself:


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use the pinch welds just inside the rockers.. thats what I have been picking these things up by for 10 years and I am still here.

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My 1997 Taurus frame rusted through around the rockers and the mechanic says it's not repairable unless I want to spend a few grand for welding. What do you think? Is the car repairable or should I just junk it? It has 118k on it.
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QUOTE (taurusbill @ Nov 17 2009, 02:29 PM)
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My 1997 Taurus frame rusted through around the rockers and the mechanic says it's not repairable unless I want to spend a few grand for welding. What do you think? Is the car repairable or should I just junk it? It has 118k on it.[/b]

The part in your picture is the sub-frame. I just put one in my '97. I picked one up out of a 2002 that was good and solid. I sed a wire wheel to clean the outside to clean bare metal and then applied a rust inhibitor, then painted it black. Also soaked the inside with fluid film to prevent further rusting. Once the sub-frame was in place I sprayed the outside down with fluid film.

Here's a link to my topic.

http://taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=74975


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