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I have a 99 Taurus LX with the 3.0L engine. It only has 28K miles on it. I get this squeaking sound when I turn the steering wheel. The noise happens in both cold and warm weather. It does not make the sound when at idle or going straight on the road. I know Fords have a lot of power steering whine (I had two 5.0 Mustangs that both whined), but the Taurus pump seems fine. I tried greasing up where the steering shaft goes into the rubber boot in the firewall (near the gas and brake pedals), but it did not help much. The sound seems to be coming from around this area. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

 

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i heard a lot of taurus steering wheels squeak... i took mine in and they greased it up and stuff..dont knoe if it helped
 

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Originally posted by Will99LX@Mar 7 2004, 04:21 PM
I have a 99 Taurus LX with the 3.0L engine. It only has 28K miles on it. I get this squeaking sound when I turn the steering wheel. The noise happens in both cold and warm weather. It does not make the sound when at idle or going straight on the road. I know Fords have a lot of power steering whine (I had two 5.0 Mustangs that both whined), but the Taurus pump seems fine. I tried greasing up where the steering shaft goes into the rubber boot in the firewall (near the gas and brake pedals), but it did not help much. The sound seems to be coming from around this area. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

My 2000 just started squeaking too. I just had a 4 wheel alignment done, and new tires put on. The squeak started after. Kind of sounds like squeaky rubber inside the car, near the steering wheel????? Any guesses???
 

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Yeah, it's probably just minor shrinkage inside the car from cold conditions. The plastic parts rub against stuff because the metal parts expand and contract according to temperature. I wouldn't worry about it unless you start to get other symptoms.
 

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the same thing happend on my 2000 ses and i finally figured out ITS NOT THE WHEEL! well mine wasnt anyway. The squeak in mine was actually coming from somewhere in the shock area in the front wheel well. After i took a long drive it disappeared. I guess it just needed some self lubrication.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I might have to take it into the Ford dealer for them to check it out. Thanks again.
 

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Originally posted by afi292@Mar 7 2004, 08:46 PM
i heard a lot of taurus steering wheels squeak... i took mine in and they greased it up and stuff..dont knoe if it helped
What do you mean by "they greased it up" ?? Lubed the front end parts, or what?
 

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Didn't we have this same conversation just a few weeks ago? Anyway..... My '00 Sable made a brief groan when the wheel is turned near the locks. Usually when I first started it up on cold mornings. Several on this board said the same thing. Some described the noise as "Fart like." I'd say thats what mine sounded like too. Anyway.... several here said all you need to do is lube the steering column as it goes through the firewall just above the brake pedal. There's a round, white plastic plunger looking deal that goes through a black rubber boot. I started my car, got down beside the car and sprayed a WD-40 like stuff I have,..... it's called white, litium grease........ around the white plunger looking deal. Reached up and turned the wheel a half a turn and sprayed some more. And that was it......... No more steering, groan, grunt or fart like sound.
 

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I did try spraying some grease into where the steering shaft passes through the rubber boot in the firewall like John in Charlotte described. It didn't really help it much. I think the sound may be either pump or rack related now. It doesn't happen at a full lock turn of the steering wheel. It happens even if you move the wheel a little. Thanks again for the replies. I will most likely bring it into the Ford dealer next week. I'll let you know what happens.
 

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Ball joints squeak when thay dont have grease in them grease them up and see what happens notorious on the trucks and vans not sure on the cars. Trucks are sealed balljoint soo greaseing them isnt an option but i would check it
 

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Originally posted by Will99LX@Mar 10 2004, 04:23 PM
I did try spraying some grease into where the steering shaft passes through the rubber boot in the firewall like John in Charlotte described.  It didn't really help it much.  I think the sound may be either pump or rack related now.  It doesn't happen at a full lock turn of the steering wheel.  It happens even if you move the wheel a little.  Thanks again for the replies.  I will most likely bring it into the Ford dealer next week.  I'll let you know what happens.
You know what I discovered was contributing to my "rubber farting sound"??? The rubber boot thing over the plunger area was actually depressed down and was making contact inside there where it's not supposed to.... It seems that one of the alignment guys got his big feet up in there under the brake pedal and pushed my boot in...... I loosened the bolts, popped it back out and lube her up.... NO NOISE!!!! Check yours for that.
 

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Originally posted by John in Charlotte@Mar 10 2004, 01:51 PM
Didn't we have this same conversation just a few weeks ago? Anyway..... My '00 Sable made a brief groan when the wheel is turned near the locks. Usually when I first started it up on cold mornings. Several on this board said the same thing. Some described the noise as "Fart like." I'd say thats what mine sounded like too. Anyway.... several here said all you need to do is lube the steering column as it goes through the firewall just above the brake pedal. There's a round, white plastic plunger looking deal that goes through a black rubber boot. I started my car, got down beside the car and sprayed a WD-40 like stuff I have,..... it's called white, litium grease........ around the white plunger looking deal. Reached up and turned the wheel a half a turn and sprayed some more. And that was it......... No more steering, groan, grunt or fart like sound.
Hey John, I'm a
to this board. I just got unboard like a week ago..... Thanks for your reply, it helped me to know where to begin.
 

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UPDATE:

Let me start by saying thanks again for all the help. I did try greasing up the rubber boot in the firewall where the steering shaft passes through. Greasing the boot and column did not help in my case. I took my 99 Taurus LX to the Ford dealership today. They said that both outer tie rods needed to be replaced and an alignment done. It should be done today. Hopefully this will solve the squeaking sound coming from the steering. Thanks again for everyones help.


Will
 

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Originally posted by 00Taurus+Mar 10 2004, 02:38 AM-->QUOTE (00Taurus @ Mar 10 2004, 02:38 AM)
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@Mar 7 2004, 08:46 PM
i heard a lot of taurus steering wheels squeak... i took mine in and they greased it up and stuff..dont knoe if it helped
What do you mean by "they greased it up" ?? Lubed the front end parts, or what? [/b]
sadly, they didnt go into detail
damn warranty work lol
 

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Originally posted by gtx2000@Mar 10 2004, 09:39 PM
Ball joints squeak when thay dont have grease in them grease them up and see what happens notorious on the trucks and vans not sure on the cars. Trucks are sealed balljoint soo greaseing them isnt an option but i would check it
Yes, I have had ball joint trouble on the Explorer before. They usually make a groaning sound when you go over bumps. The lack of zerks really ticked me off as I can't re-grease the joints...I think maybe you can on the Taurus though?
 

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I got the car back from the dealership and the squeaking noise is gone. They did a good job with the car. On a different note, I believe that the balljoints on these cars are sealed, I did not see any fittings underneath on my 99. Thanks again.

 
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