97 Ford Taurus Steering Problem
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sully

Elroy, WI

#21 Nov 22, 2011
ALVA wrote:
I have a 97 Ford Taurus the ABS light comes on
occasionaly, but the car makes a loud noise while
driving, that seems to come from the rear. Does
anyone have the same problem or know where the
noise is coming from.
probably your hub is bad
Mike

Allison Park, PA

#22 Dec 9, 2011
I was a Service Advisor for for Ford in 1997. The "notchy" steering and groaning news was the result of a poor rack and pinion. I swear there was a safety recall on it when I worked there. I can't find it at the moment and, of course, I now have a 1997 Taurus with the same problem. NOTE: The recall didn't fix the groaning issue, just the notchy steering.
Terri

North Fairfield, OH

#23 Jun 16, 2012
I have a 97' with only 90,000 miles on it. It's true, original owner. This car runs great most of the time but here lately when I'm driving the speedometer needle will start going from 60 down to 0 then jump back up to 60 again. It will do that several times then the needle just stays at 0. The steering starts to get tight also when that happens. Anybody got any ideas please.
Gerry Regina

Regina, Canada

#24 Jul 22, 2012
I had same problem and replaced the neutral safety switch. My 97 Taurus has the "8 pin" switch, not the "11" pin switch. Make sure the shaft part is the same position so the car knows it is in park or neutral . Mine would not start first time as it thought it was in gear. I removed it and aligned it and it works fine.(July 21, 2012)
kao wrote:
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I have the same car of the same year and was giving me the same problem. If you have gotten it fixed already you can disregard my comment. But I tell you exactly what the problem is. There is a small but major part called "neutral safety switch" under the hood. To find it easily, let someone sit behind the wheel and press gas pedal putting the
car on park while you watch that part moving as he is pressing on the gas pedal. The part that is moving is called "neutral safety switch". What it does is neutralizing the car's both electrical and mechanical activity so that unintended accident or incident would not happen. For example it prevents the car from jumping if in case when you try to start the car when it is not put on park properly. You will find it in the auto parts store for less than $25 dollars and can change it yourself. But be careful to see how the old one is installed so that you would install the new one the same way. And also when you disconnect the old one from the electric socket do it gently and wisely. If it the car does not start right away then the new part needs just a little adjustment twisting the gear inside either to the left or right. Then put it back again. your car will came back to life again and be as smooth as it should be. I wish you good luck. Peace and grace be to you.
pegs

Evansville, IN

#25 Aug 31, 2012
we just replaced the neutral saftey switch and the radio and steering keeping doing that cutting out thing -- does it just need adjusting?
suzanne

United States

#26 Feb 15, 2013
I, too, have a 97 Taurus with exact Same problem Steering is hard and other times it feels loose and when I have it in park or neutral everything works: radio, p-windows, r-foster. as soon as I put it into v Drive or Reverse they all cut out. My mechanic has never seen this before and has no clue. I am going to have hint replace the Neutral Safety switch and see what happens. Thank you everyone!!.
richard

Vankleek Hill, Canada

#27 Oct 16, 2013
Wannanow wrote:
Hi,
I have replaced rack & pinion, belt, lines and power stearing pump; check valve amnd gaskets are in place but, I can't turn the stering wheel when motor started and car driving. Practically the car is undriveble now.
Is there a switch or relay somwhere that controls the system; please, somebody knowledgeble, help me with this problem.
Thanks
ihad same problem changed power steering sensore it resolved my problem caust around 60.00 good luck hope i helped
JEANNIE1215

Providence, RI

#28 Nov 5, 2014
omg this was happening to me after my mechanic flushed out my heater core in reverse no windows and radio was in and out and i had no steering in reverse. i google your web page and told him to check saftey switch. he said he got fluid on belt and it will dry out not!! he put a new saftey nuteral switch and wala!! all fixed thank you thank you thank you
Gina

La Puente, CA

#29 Jun 6, 2015
A friend gave me his 1996 Ford Taurus Wagon and as a passanger I never noticed that there was a problem. Driving though I am having problems with the steering. For one it's hard to turn the steering wheel in either direction, I have to use all the strength I have to turn and second I noticed that the wheel shakes but it doesn't pull to either side when I let go. Third I did hear a strange noise but I thought it was because the traffic was moving slow. I have also noticed that there are several lose wires, mainly in the back by the hatch that is suppose to open but doesn't. I'm not complaining because he gave it to me free but I need to know if it's easy to repair and inexpensive(I am currently homeless and jobless and he gave me the car to help me get a job).
MarkB

United States

#30 Jul 13, 2015
jerry wrote:
my 97 ford taurus is going crazy, when I place the car in reverse or drive, the radio cuts out, the steering gets hard, my electric windows wont work, and my seat belt light flashes, and I hear the relay chattering,,someone told me its the transmission range selector, and if I disconnect it, the problem will go away, but I removed the wiring plug, and the car wont start,,as I drive along, the rpdio comes off and on, the steering gets better, then it starts again,,does anyone know exactly what the problem is.???. the car runs perfect, and all of the lights and such work fine,,it just started doing it yesterday..thanks...jerry
. Hey Jerry yeah I have a 96 Ford Taurus and as crazy as it sounds my car is doing the exact same thing my radio started going in n out my power steering got all crazy and all the sudden when I have my seatbelt on the seat belt light comes on and says its not on and then I hear some relay chattering underneath the steering column so if you find out or figure out what the problem is please let me know my car is in great shape it only has a hundred and twenty three thousand miles on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Fisherman

Kansas City, MO

#31 Mar 10, 2016
What would cause steering wheel to shake like u have a flat tire?
Ggamino01

Chicago, IL

#32 Apr 10, 2017
jerry wrote:
my 97 ford taurus is going crazy, when I place the car in reverse or drive, the radio cuts out, the steering gets hard, my electric windows wont work, and my seat belt light flashes, and I hear the relay chattering,,someone told me its the transmission range selector, and if I disconnect it, the problem will go away, but I removed the wiring plug, and the car wont start,,as I drive along, the rpdio comes off and on, the steering gets better, then it starts again,,does anyone know exactly what the problem is.???. the car runs perfect, and all of the lights and such work fine,,it just started doing it yesterday..thanks...jerry
I have the exact same problem.... how did you fix this???

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