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Old 06-14-2008, 14:37   #1 (permalink)
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2000 SE$S - weird clunk from rear - springs bad?

OK, I've heard that Taurus springs have a "breakage" problem...

Since I purchased the car used with aprox 60,000 miles a month ago, there has been a strange clunk - bang - rumble from the back when I back out of the driveway or go over a bump.

It sounds like a body rolling around in the trunk, but I've checked & nobody's there...

I've checked the spare - tightened down nice. I've crawled around underneath - nothing obvious. The springs don't show any cracks, but they do seem kind of "springy".

With two adults in the back, it sounds like the tires are rubbing. Even four bags of cement ( 320 lbs) seems to bottom out the suspension.

Q: Can the springs "go bad" or is this just a Taurus thing?

If I replace the springs/struts - will that fix anything?

I've heard that Monroe makes a strut/spring combo - any idea where to buy them & how much they cost???

Many thanks

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Old 06-14-2008, 16:17   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 SE$S - weird clunk from rear - springs bad?

Could it be the jack thats mounted under the spare tire clunking around?

There was a recall issued for 00-01 Taurus front coils. 2000 Ford Taurus recalls -- [ CarComplaints.com ]

There have been complaints on rear spring breakage. 2000 Ford Taurus back spring broke -- [ CarComplaints.com ]

and a rear suspension TSB 2000 Ford Taurus TSBs -- [ CarComplaints.com ]

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Re: 2000 SE$S - weird clunk from rear - springs bad?

I had a back spring break. Would get an odd clunk from time to time. Could not see it until the strut was out.
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Re: 2000 SE$S - weird clunk from rear - springs bad?

Read the TSB's & one mentioned the rear swing arm contacting the tailpipe.

As a check/temporary fix I put some rubber weather strip on top of the arm & it "fixed" the problem. The struts/springs still seem weak, but the rubber seemed to fix the noise, at least until I figure out a permanent solution.
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Old 06-20-2008, 21:32   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 SE$S - weird clunk from rear - springs bad?

Sway bar links will cause a clunking noise in the front

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