1996 Ford Taurus pull to left

Tiny
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Steering problem
1996 Ford Taurus Front Wheel Drive Automatic

my husband pulled the motor to fix something put it back in perfectly he said. Know when I drive it the steering is loose until a vilant jerk to the left then it tightens up until I turn leftagain. It only does it to the left and it didn't do it before we pulled the engine. Could you please help us figure this out it has been driving him crazy he has checked the balljoints, wheels, brakes, outer tie rods he thinks it might be air now. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 AT 9:37 AM

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Tiny
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In order to answer this one intelligently, I would need more information.

You say that he pulled the motor. I would assume that you mean that he removed the engine from the chassis? If so, how was it removed? Did he remove the entire powertrain (engine and transmission) from the bottom? Or did he remove just the engine from the top?

If he removed the entire assembly from the bottom, the problem is most likely in the steering shaft where it connects to the steering rack. There is also the possibility of loose subframe mounting bolts.

I would need more information to offer any more assistance.
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Friday, March 13th, 2009 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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He took it out the top and he pulled just engine just basic 3.0 came out easy out top. Now while he had it jacked up to replace the radiator the jack slipped and it trashed the radiator but only the radiator he says that has nothing to do with it I don't know thanks for your reply.
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 10:52 AM
Tiny
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OK, this helps some.

First thing to check would be the integrity of the connection between the steering rack and the steering column. This could have been disturbed during the removal of the engine. Check in particular the "rag joint" between the steering shaft and the steering rack. It may have been disturbed. There is also the possibility that this could be a coincidental problem that has manifested itself at the same time as other work was performed.

The next thing to check would be the inner tie rod ends. They can be easily checked by raising the front of the car so that the wheels are off the ground. Try to move each wheel to the right and left. There should be no play, and there should be resistance to turning. If there is any play, then locate whether it is coming from the inner or outer tie rod end.

Another possibility is an unevenly worn ball joint. This one sometimes escapes the professionals. The ball joint should have no play, and should turn smoothly througn its turning radius.

Don't overlook checking the mounting bolts and nuts for the steering rack itself. Also, look at the rear subframe mounting bolts and where they attach to the body. These have been known to be a problem in areas where there is a lot of salt used on the roads.

Also, look into the strut top mounts. These can also be a problem in high mileage cars ( I don't know what mileage is on your car).

That is about all that I can think of right now. If everything checks out OK, then the last thing that would cause a problem like this would be the steering rack.
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 5:47 PM

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