I have a 1996 Mercury Cougar and it has been popping and clunking when I turn. Doesnt matter which way. Also has done it while backing out of parking spot without turning the steering wheel. HELP PLZ!


Asked by Sep 20, 2013 at 04:58 PM about the 1996 Mercury Cougar 2 Dr XR7 Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've heard tons of different possibilities.
From the breaks flopping back and forth to
the steering rack being shot. Its under the
hood, mainly on the drivers side.

9 Answers

some bushings are worn...inspect and replace~

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Thanks! I had my old man replace them, but they were the wrong ones. So he just cut to them fit. I knew that was a bad idea. Will replace!!

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Also, could you specify WHICH bushings it could be?

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the steering rack itself could be worn...did you examine it for excessive play...you should be able to tell which bushings by takin' er up on a lift and squeezing at various components with a channel locks to find out which bushings are worn and warrant replacement~

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Cut them to fit? Is he trying to kill you? Those bushings, if not right can cause loose steering..if not outright failure. Chew his ass out royally

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Theres no talking to my old man. Trust me. This is not the time or place to elaborate on that either. Thanks for all the info and advice! I truly appreciate it!

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probably just barlowed some out of hickory switch~...yep~


these cars are famous for noisy control arm bushings.

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We replaced the control arms a few weeks ago.

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