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2000 windstar motor cradle is rusted out is it worth replacing,how hard will it be

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Not to bad, you have to support the engine from the top. It is 6 bolts 2 sway bar links and 2 ball joints that will need to be disconnected to remove the cradle.

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Frame that holds the engine etc... is rusted at both ends, does it need to be replaced?


This is something a trained mechanic needs to see. There were also potential problems with some mounting washers on certain models.

The part you are referring to is the "engine cradle" Most Salvage yards cut this part off the Van to drop the engine and trans. If you can find a Van with this part intact, from a vehicle that has not seen any Salt. it can be good.

IF welding can be done to your present "engine cradle" it would be less work. Look and see if your part also supports the Wheels and Suspension. I think it does, and all of those parts would need to be disconnected in a swap and realigned.

If you can get your part welded, its in a place that does not show and if properly done will maintain your Chassis alignment. Old school mechanics say you can not Weld a frame. Your "cradle" is different from a Full frame. There are also different Welding machines now than 50 years ago. Good Luck on your repair.

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I was just told my 2000 malibu has a rotting sub frame and that is why it makes noise when i turn and the steering wheel does not lign up anymore. how dangerous is this and how expensive and how common?


I would not drive the car, especially if there is alot of rust damage. It would be rather pricey to replace engine cradle. Probably $500-1000, there is alot of work to replace it, and the price of the engine craddle itself, but it can be done, as long as isn't effecting where the cradle mounts to the body. This has been a problem with alot of cars over the years.

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