Steering Problems of Lincoln Town Car
Lincoln Town Car owners have reported 21 problems related to steering (under the steering category).
#1 - Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000. This steering issue occurred July 17, 2013.
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#2 - Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1LNHM82V37_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13v385000 (steering). The dealer was contacted and stated that the repair could not be performed because the vehicle was purchased in ohio and the state of California, in which the contact resided, was not participating in the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the dealer should have been able to provide the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000. It was 10/24/2013 when this steering issue happened.
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#3 - Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car
The VIN of the car is 1LNHM83V37_. The vehicle was a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 13v385000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that they were unable to provide an expected date for the parts needed to complete the recall to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure. It was Oct. 22, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
#4 - Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1LNHM82V67_. The vehicle involved is a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 13v385000 (steering) and stated that the parts needed to complete the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified but was unable to provide an expected date for the remedy part to become available. The contact had not experienced a failure. This steering issue occurred Saturday, October 19, 2013.
#5 - Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle involved was a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle was a 2003 Lincoln towncar. The contact was driving 10 mph when the steering became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and repair. The contact was advised that the lower intermediate steering shaft was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 220000. It was Monday, October 22, 2012 when this steering issue happened.
#6 - Steering problem of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car
The car involved is a 1999 Lincoln Town Car. There was crash involved with this Lincoln Town Car. 2 occasions where ball joint snapped and vehicle was moving and fell to ground . While my child was inside . Major electrical issues such odometer flashes constantly and gas gage wacked out ever since vehicle fell to ground every thing was working properly before and on the first incident is when it started and continues to get worse. Suspension and steering : also since car fell to ground has cause steering and suspension to be almost impossible . I have had several mechanics rip me off and have spent thousands on trying to get vehicle back to the way a Lincoln should drive . And still the results are not good. I cant drive on express ways because vehicle is extremely hard to control and stay in lanes . As well on side streets/main roads . It also has a very high tendency to loose control when driving over a small , medium or large bump, div-it or crack in road which could or will eventually result in a crash. By all means I love my 1999 Lincoln but certainly does not drive or operate properly like one should . I do also understand that its a 13 year old car and things will go wrong but after do my research and being that I am naive and very uneducated with mechanics on a vehicle I simply let this pass for sometime now to realize these re occurring incidents are not normal and here I am now my results are a damaged car with recall supported and thousands of my hard income to replace parts on car to get back to proper working order . Something should be done or if possible be settled in the middle/halfway which would be fair. I hope I can be a true Ford Lincoln supporter/buyer for ever and don't want to be disappointed. It was Thursday, September 27, 2012 when this steering issue happened.
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#7 - Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car
The car involved is a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. March of 2013 while driving on interstate highway I notice the steering not responding properly, I drove carefully to my destination in florida and took car to dealer who stated it was the steering rack which I had them replace, car was returned and while it still was a bit hard to steer I figured it was a new part and had to break in, back home in new york I called the dealer in florida who stated the part was warrentied for 12,000 miles or one year and I could take it to any Ford dealer and it would be hornered, I took it to my local Ford dealer where they ran a dioinosis and stated it was a frozen steering shaft problem getting car back it still was not steering properly, so I went back yesterday and they had 2 service people test drive car, both acknowledged the car wondered and steering did not straighted out properly after turning, started talking about other parts it could be, now with over two thousand dollars in cost already I insisted it that since the car was fine and a pleasure to drive before the steering rack went bad that it had to be the rack, they seemed unconcerned and stated thet if they replaced the rack under warrenty that when they sent this part back to Ford and if their engeneer found it was not bad they would get billed for the new one, so here we are, a car that steers like it has no power steering and a dealer who don't seem to care, what do I do next except write to you,. This problem occurred on 03/26/13.
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#8 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The car involved was a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. Son was operating the vehicle. As he made a left turn, he heard a loud clunking sound and the right side of the vehicle crashed to the ground. Had the car towed home and subsequently towed to the repair shop the next day. Was told that the lower right ball joint had failed, subsequently snapping the stabilizer link. This happened in August 2010. November 15, 2011, I was driving home. Stopped to air up my right rear tire. Upon re-entering the vehicle and backing out, the right front side fell to the ground. Again, the right front lower ball joint failed. This time, I had to also replace the right front lower control arm, right front stabilizer link, right front shock and right front ball joint. There is a serious problem with the 1997 Lincoln towncar's front end. When the mechanic went to install the right lower ball joint (which is a pressed fit) the ball joint went right in by hand, which indicated that the right front lower control arm was faulty. I now have a rattling sound coming from the left front side. I'm really scared to drive this car. This steering problem happened on August 9, 2010.
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#9 - Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car
The car was a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. Lower steering shaft is binding at 25,000 miles I find this to be a defect Ford should be required to pay for. This defect makes sterring very hard, like having limited power steering, and it grabs and binds as you turn the wheel. I replaced the part at my own expense, part #5w1z-3b676-aa and installed it myself. It cost 168. 00 usd, with a discount. This is the second Town Car I have had to do this repair to. It was Sunday, December 5, 2010 when this steering issue occurred.
#10 - Steering problem of the 2001 Lincoln Town Car
The VIN of the problem Town Car is 1LNHM83W11_. Vehicle: 2001 Lincoln Town Car cartier with 45,000 original miles. Date problem revealed: 05/08/2008 at 38,000 miles. Component: powertrain: driveline;
steering. Defect summary: certain police, commercial, and passenger vehicles sold input higher loads into the vehicle chassis overloading the wheel bearings and axles. Four wheel alignment check was performed. Rear wheels was not aligned to manufacture specifications, for which, this vehicle has a non-adjustable rear end. Front-end alignment was not in manufacture specifications and could not be corrected due to faulty rear end components. Consequence summary: this could lead to early bearing failure and ultimately to axle shaft fracture. In the event of axle shaft fracture, the vehicle would lose drive function and would coast to a stop. Loss of drive function could lead to a crash. Severely unstable steering at speed above 40 mph and will lead to a crash at highway speeds. The failure date was Thu., May. 8, 2008.
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#11 - Steering problem of the 2000 Lincoln Town Car
The car was a 2000 Lincoln Town Car. The VIN of this vehicle was 1LNHM81W0Y_. While traveling noticed traveling to left caused consumer to pull steering wheel to right. Dealer has bee contacted, couldn't duplicate problem. The air suspension syhstem was defective and the vehicle ride terribly.
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#12 - Steering problem of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle is a 1999 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1LNHM82W6X_. Car has a problen in the steering box. Took it to a specialist and Ford discounted it. They sent a Lincoln rep down and he just lied to me about the problem said it was a factory flaw and could not fix , then I took the car into the dealer for a pinging and they said they couldn't hear it (nothing was done)then later on a trip it went haywire sounded like a big diesel truck on the highway and ran like crap , sucking gas also, then changed dealers and they said they coulden't find a ping . I grabed me a mechanic and we took a little ride and before I could get it back it was pinging (took them 3 weeks to fix with me coming up almost daily to test it, and nobody can adjust the head lights on the car that is bad its idiot proof. This steering problem happened on 05/15/03.
#13 - Steering problem of the 1998 Lincoln Town Car
The car involved is a 1998 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1LNFM83W1W_. While starting the vehicle driver tilted the steering wheel causing the wire harness to break off. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis, and the mechanic replaced transponder harness. This issue happened on Monday, Dec. 8, 2003.
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#14 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle was a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. When driving at highway speed at about 60mph, the vehicle began to wonder all over the road, it also does this in windy conditions. On two occasions lost control of vehicle, vehicle went into other lane. It was Friday, July 11, 1997 when this steering issue occurred.
#15 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle involved is a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The VIN of this Town Car is 1LNLM82W4V_. Steering is poor, vibration and loss of control. The failure date was March 31, 1998.
#16 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle involved was a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. While driving at interstate speed and over bumps vehicle moved to right and left which could cause loss of control and crash. Been to dealer several times. A new steering design for 1997. Please provide further information. This problem occurred on Thursday, Jul. 1, 1999.
#17 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The car was a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. Crash was involved with the Lincoln Town Car. Would be driving & the steering wheel would have too much play. Feels like losing control of vehicle. Took vehicle to dealer. Steering pressure sensor has been rplaced or changed & affects the steering of the vehicle. Rocker arm was cracked & needed replacing. Had an accident due to lack of control of steering wheel. Hit a telephone pole & the air bags deployed. Suffered injuries.
#18 - Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car
The vehicle is a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1LNLM81W4V_. Excessive wear on the upper and lower control arm ball joints led to vague steering and a wandering car path. The control arm ball joints that were replaced were rubber on metal without zerk lube fittings. They were designed to fail. The replacement control arm ball joints are metal-on-metal with zerk lube fittings. In 1999 there was a recall on Lincoln Town Cars for replacement of the lower control arm ball joints. The recall numbers are NHTSA recall no. 98v322/Ford recall no. 98s37. However, we had to pay the full amount of the repair. Developed a crack in the intake manifold coolant crossover pipe and lost all engine coolant. We had to have it towed 80 miles for repair. Several Ford recalls were issued on the 4. 6l v8 engine for replacement of this defective part; but they were for police cars, limo fleets, etc. I was told I am not covered. The little guy is left paying a thousand dollars for Ford's engineering defect. Within a time period of 4 months, we have had to spend almost two thousand dollars to correct Ford's design defects. This steering issue occurred Sat., Nov. 15, 2003.
#19 - Steering problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car
The car involved was a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. There was crash involved with this Lincoln Town Car. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1LNLM82W2T_. Consumer was traveling on highway and was coming towards and intersection, went to apply brakes and there were no brakes. Also, there was no steering, forcing him into a guardrail. There were no injuries. This problem occurred on 01/11/2001.
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#20 - Steering problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car
1996 Lincoln Town Car developed problems with the suspension. ** answer required***. While driving the vehicle moves from side to side which makes it difficult to control the vehicle. The vehicle's suspension had been adjusted but the problem still exist. The vehicle also has a steering problem. It was Jan. 1, 1901 when this steering issue happened.
#21 - Steering problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car
I own a 1996 Lincoln Town Car with approximately 73,000 miles on the odometer. Recently, I have been experiencing problems with the front end wobbling. I took the car to sears automotive and discovered that the lower ball joint are defective and control arms. The problem matches exactly your recall below: NHTSA campaign id number: 98v322000 summary: vehicle description: certain 1996-1999 Ford crown victoria police, fleet, natural gas, and 1996-1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine vehicles that were produced with a lower control arm ball joint containing a one piece bearing; and 1990-1996 Ford crown victoria police, fleet, and ngv vehicles and 1990-1996 Lincoln Town Car limousine vehicles that have been serviced with either a ball joint containing the one-piece bearing or a front lower control arm containing a ball joint with a one-piece bearing. The one-piece bearing within the lower control arm ball joint can weaken slowly during use and eventually crack. This could result in separation of the ball and cap of the joint, allowing the control arm to drop to the ground. Consequence: if this occurs while the vehicle is moving, reduced steering control could occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: dealers will replace the lower control arm ball joints (2). Notes: owner notification is expected to begin January 18, 1999. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236). We never receive notice of any recall. However, when I attempted to call Ford customer service they could not find this recall or my VIN. Therefore, I am respectfully requesting that you add our vehicle VIN to this recall for repair. The failure date was Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.