This should be labeled what have I done to my bull this summer lol
2008 Ford Taurus SEL
Sitting at 138700 miles in my driveway, it has been driven over 35000 miles since March 2018 and has happily obliged, including a 1300 mile road trip through the Eastern US.
These past two months have been pretty expensive car repair wise.
I had to grease and lubricate my calipers which were making a very bad creaking noise, that went away.
My car seemed to clunk clunk whenever slight throttle was put on it after reaching 6th gear from 45-60 mph. This ended up not being a transmission problem like I initially thought but was instead spark plugs! I replaced all six of my spark plugs and boots (they inspected each coil and all were fine and had no issues so they were not replaced. I am thinking this was an intemittent misfire as it went away immediately after replacement. Was 260 dollars for this.
Then after starting my eastern us road trip my car started making a signficant creaking noise from the suspension. It got worse over the course of the trip and my right side of my car started vibrating alot more than usual. Immediately got an appointment ASAP with my trusted local mechanic who did not have an opening for 12 days. The suspension noise continued to get worse.
Turns out my right lower ball joint was bad ("completely loose") and the bushings in the rear control arm were fairly worn. Was given a brand new lower control arm with ball joint and bushings. The lower engine torque mount of my car was bad as well. All of these were replaced and with an oil change it ended up costing well over 500 dollars.
My parking brake will not lock, not that it matters but they called me telling me it was bad but that it would be up to me to replace it, which I decided against.
My car is doing good for a car with 138,000 miles but has been pretty expensive these past few months, especially considering I do not make that much!