Ford Crown Victoria owners have reported 46 problems related to front suspension lower ball joint (under the suspension category).
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while making a left turn off a driveway onto a lot, there was a loud metal braking noise coming from the front driver side of the vehicle. The contact stated that the front driver side collapsed to the ground. The contact noticed the lower ball joint detached. The vehicle was towed to a private independent parking lot where the contact was to inspect the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.
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The contact owns a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph and attempting a turn, the passenger's side lower ball joint fractured. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician verified the failure and stated that it was due to the bolt joint not getting enough grease since it was not equipped with a grease fitting. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.
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My wife was on her way home from work and she called me saying that something was wrong with the car. She said it was swaying back and forth on the highway and was very difficult to drive. She made it home and pulled into the drive way. When she turned the steering wheel strait the front driver side of the car hit the ground. When I got home I looked at it and seen that the lower ball joint had come out of the socket. I looked up my vehicle online and seen that I wasn't the only one with this problem. Upon further inspection of my car I noticed there is no grease port to do regular greasing of the parts. As I looked closer to the socket I seen that the socket was completely dry. No grease at all in the joints. As I inspected the passenger side lower ball joint I noticed that is very close to failure also. I bought a new lower control arm hoping it would have a grease port and sure enough it doesn't. There is no way to do regular maintenance on the joints. So this part will have to be replaced over and over. And it is not cheap.
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle drifted from right to left and he had difficulty steering straight. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to have the failure diagnosed and the dealer stated that the lower ball joints and upper control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 78,000. The consumer stated there was a recall on the front control arm. However, the dealer informed the consumer there was no recall for his VIN. Updated 03/07/12.
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As described in recall number 98v322000, the lower ball joint broke apart while I was driving the vehicle. This vehicle was originally titled as a fleet vehicle which was part of the recall. The manufacturer refuses to get vehicle fixed. In fact, they say that there are no recalls at all on my vehicle when in fact there are that I know have not been fixed.
I own a 1997 crown victory , with 98015 miles, and within 6 mo. Of each event I have had 3 lower ball joints to falling out. Please tell me if Ford doing anything to keep people driving 1997 Ford crown victory safe? this is very dangerous for the person that is driving and the on coming person, which could be Ford motor company ceo, or worst his wife, or my wife !!!!!!!!.
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The contact owns a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the front end of the vehicle collapsed. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. The mechanic replaced the lower and upper ball joints on the passenger side of the vehicle. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the dangers of the lower and upper ball joints. The manufacturer informed the contact that since there isn't a recall there was nothing they could do. The failure could have caused a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 50,017. Updated 04/01/10. The lower suspension support stuck the pavement and the wheel became detached from the steering mechanism, which made the vehicle uncontrollable. Updated 06/07/jb the consumer no longer owns the vehicle as it was involved in an accident and totaled. The accident was not related to the ball joint failure. Updated 06/30/10.
- the contact owns a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, and while making a left hand turn at 5 mph the ball joint on the front driver's side fell off. The contact took vehicle to the dealer, and they replaced both front ball joints. The failure mileage was at 81,000 miles.
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: the contact stated the lower control arm ball joint fractured while driving 20 mph on a dry highway. There was a NHTSA recall, # 98v322000, regarding the suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.
2001 Crown Victoria defective lower ball joints, possibly because of no grease fitting on ball joints to do normal maintenance lube.
The contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign 98v322000 concerning the lower ball joints. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but it is not included in the recall due to VIN. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle.
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The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 98v322000 concerning the lower ball joint. This vehicle is experiencing the same problems as indicated in the recall, but is not included in the recall due to VIN. The contact repaired the vehicle at his own expense. Updated 12/27/2005 - the passenger side lower ball joint failed.
Sudden failure of front suspension system caused collapse of suspension
making the car uncontrollable and after coming to a stop, immobile. Right front wheel turned inward at the front upon failure and left front wheel
remains pointing straight ahead. Right front wheel also shifted toward the rear
contacting the rear portion of the wheel/fender opening causing crumpling of
body sheet metal to the extent that fender will probably have to be replaced
auto is at dealer awaiting analysis.
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Consumer has a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. He complained about a lower ball joint problem. He found, on the internet NHTSA recall 98v322000 . He went to Ford web site and entered the VIN the web site showed that this vehicle was not included in recall. The vehicle is now not drivable due to ball join problem. Lower ball failed on 8-3-2005 while driving. There was no accident, he traveling ball joint separated just like mentioned in the recall. Consumer would like to have vehicle included in this recall.
: the contact stated while driving at 30 mph, the right front lower ball joint fractured and the control arm dropped to the ground. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and towed to the local dealership for repair.
The consumer was backing out of the garage and without warning the front end collapsed to the ground. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that both driver and passenger side lower ball joints needed to be replaced. Please fill in additional information.
I own a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria. I was pulling out of a parking spot in a Mini mall when the front right tire fell off my vehicle. It turns out that the ball joint had snapped. Had this happened 10 minutes earlier, I would have been seriously hurt as I was driving on the new jersey turnpike doing 65 mph. It has come to my attention that this has happened on other Ford products as well and as such I think that your agency is responsible. In addition, a previous letter to this defect was submitted, but I have not had any reply.
While driving at any speed consumer heard a groaning sound. Vehicle was parked parked when the right front end collapsed. A repair shop examined the vehicle, and found that the lower right ball joints broke. Updated 11/18/09. Updated 11/19/09.
While driving 15 mph lower ball joints separated from the vehicle. As a result, the steering failed, and the front end collapsed.
While backing out of the driveway, the front driver side lower ball joint snapped. The consumer had the vehicle towed.
While driving there was a severe vibration in the front end. Consumer found on NHTSA web site recall 98v322000 which applied to the problem on this vehicle. The consumer was concerned with the following recalls: 981001000, 00v157001, 03v472000 00v152002, 98v322000, 97v024000 and TSB's 01m02, 99m01, and 97m91.
While traveling 55 mph, the frame control arm bracket pulled away from the vehicle and caused a collision. (pulled a "big chunk" out of the frame) the consumer requested that Ford cover the expenses for the repair. Recall# 98v322000.
Lower right ball joint failure under normal operation.
While backing up the right lower ball joint snap causing the front end to collapse. The dealer has neen notified.
Subject:Ford crown vic lower ball joint comments: I have a 1997 Ford crown vic manufactured in ontario. The lower right ball joint came apart in the fall of 2002 and was replaced. It is now 14 months later and it was replaced again. On your site I found that there was a recall for that issue. I have never received any information about it and have had to pay the full cost of repairs each time. What is my recourse?.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problems||
|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Control Arm problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||
|Ball Joint problems||
|Front Suspension Upper Arm problems||