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Old 07-08-2010, 10:47 AM   #11
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this happened to a guy i know... he was at a stop light then went to accelerate and the car just broke in half at the sub frame mounts. he was able to grab the steering wheel and pull it back to place just enough to drive it home. this was on a similar car. a Park Ave
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here are the pics of the frame away from the body and the bolts and whats left of the washers and bushings.
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Yep, that'* going to be a new sub frame.
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Wow! That could have been much worse. Another good reason to spend sometime in, under, around and over your entire car just looking for anything that looks out of place.
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tough to tell from here if the subframe itself rotted around the bushings or if the bushings and washers are gone. That front one of the rear two positions has it'* washer. Otherwise I'd think that'* bushings/washers only.

Overall it'* an easy fix.
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I'm glad to hear she made it home safe. Pics would be helpful in seeing what went wrong, as well as giving others something to look for
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this happened to me on my old 94 bonne sse (RIP). The rear mounts of my cradles rusted out due to saltwater being trapped between the bushing and the cradle itself (NE Ohio winters). I instantly lost all steering due to the steering shaft breaking away from the box (a safety feature i was told), luckily i was only going about 15mph and just hit the brakes. We paid a family friend $400 to get some cradles from a junkyard and install them, along with reconnecting the steering shaft to the box.
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WOW, I have never seen that before. Thank God your wife was OK....
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From the looks of it the Subframe is not needed. Just go get some New mounts, install them, And bolt it back up!
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Here is a head scratcher for you. My wife just drove about 35 miles to another town and started on her way back when something made a large popping sound and jerked her steering wheel. Then it did it again and almost through her in the ditch... She continued slowly home for another 29 miles and the steering was very stiff. she made it all the way home and turned into the driveway and parked in her usual spot. Here is where it gets wierd. when I got home from work I went out and checked it out and I found that all of the mounts for the frame that attach to the bottom of the firewall had broken off and the only thing holding the motor up was the firewall. I went to put it in the garage on the other side and when I went to turn there was no steering!!!! the steering had pulled apart because the rack is attached to the frame that was almost on the ground!!!! I dont have any idea what helped her get home but I am going to church to thank GOD for letting her make it home safely!!!! Has anyone else had this happen???? PLEASE HELP!!!!!
Yup, I know nightriderr that this is a year late but I just fixed the same problem on my '96 LeSabre. I've taken photos of my fix [which cost me less than $100 plus about eight hours of my labor] and put it all together into a PDF. I don't see any way to attach a file here so, if anyone is interested, send me a note and I'll send the PDF to you.
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