2000 Ford Taurus "rattling" noise

Discussion in 'Domestics' started by John Torres, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. John Torres

    John Torres Guest

    I have a 2000 ford taurus that I have been having a impossible time trying to diagnose a problem. The vehicle is making a "rattling" noise, the sound isn't that loud, but it can easily be heard when the stereo is off. The sound is easier to hear when going over larger bumps, but is heard at normal speeds on smooth road. I have went to multiple dealers to have the suspension checked as I suspected that to be where the problem stemmed from, but I have been told repeatedly that there is nothing wrong with the suspension. I have purchased new tires, had them balanced, and had the vehicle aligned but it didn't help the problem. I was considering replacing the shocks/struts on the car, but I didn't want to spend the money when I was told there is nothing wrong with them and it not fix the problem. I found a three TSB's that seem to describe the problem I'm experiencing. Any insight, suggestions, and help would be greatly appreciated.

    SUSPENSION:FRONT
    TSB #17094 -- RATTLING OR CLUNKING NOISE FROM THE FRONT SUSPENSION UNDER NORMAL DRIVING CONDITIONS. *TT (NHTSA ID #10003184, AUGUST 01 2003)
    TSB #16710 -- RATTLING OR CLUNKING NOISE FROM THE FRONT SUSPENSION UNDER NORMAL DRIVING CONDITIONS. *TT *JB (NHTSA ID #10001950, MARCH 01 2003)

    SUSPENSION:FRONT:STABILIZER BAR
    TSB #8199 -- SOME VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A RATTLING OR CLUNKING NOISE FROM THE FRONT END (FRONT STABILIZER LINK) UNDER NORMAL DRIVING CONDITIONS. (NHTSA ID #612411, FEBRUARY 01 2000)


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    John
     
  2. jjm

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    None of those are valid Ford TSB's used by any Ford dealer for that vehicle. What you're citing is likely complaints in a NHTSA database, useless. If enough people complain they don't like the way the radio sounds it'll get a NHTSA entry.

    But even if any of those TSB's were valid, do they come with a lift, a light, dial indicators, and basic hand tools? So what the heck good are they.

    This is pretty basic stuff. If a proper wheel alignment was successful, I would try completely removing the sway bar <b>TEMPORARILY</b> and road test the vehicle. If the noise goes away, replace the sway bar bushings and links - you'll likely have to replace the links anyway if you remove the sway bar. I've seen plenty of sway bar bushings that "look" and "feel" tight result in noise over bumps. This is a cheap fix, and the vehicle probably will need them anyway.

    Strut rod bushing can also cause racket, as can upper strut insulators - but replacing those will require removing the struts, so replacement would be advisable.

    Of course, without hearing the noise, we're at somewhat of a loss here.

    Joe

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  3. NickD

    NickD Guest

    Gone are the grease fittings, in with rubber bushings for suspension components, manuals for these vehicles specify spraying with a good silicone lubricant, but more typical is a grunting noise or a squeaking noise.

    A rattle? One sheet metal screw loose anywhere can cause that, have you had your exhaust system replaced recently? Since sound travels seven times faster through metal than air, these can be difficult to find, but can bang around on various sheet metal components with your hand to learn if something shows up.

    Were any babies in your vehicle recently? Did they lose their rattle?
     

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