Ford Crown Victoria owners have reported 135 problems related to manifold/header/muffler/tail pipe (under the engine and engine cooling category).
The heat shield covering the left side engine exhaust manifold had corroded around the attaching bolts allowing the shield to fall against the steering shaft. I removed the shield before it could interfere with the steering function.
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I was responding as a volunteer ambulance emt from my residence to the fire station for an emergency call when the steering locked up. I tried to turn the steering wheel back and forth while applying the brakes and it began to steer again. I continued to the station about 3/4 mile away, made the ambulance call. Upon completion of the call I lifted the hood and observed the lower joints of the steering shaft were rusty and corroded. I sprayed the joint with wd-40 and turned the steering back and forth. In preparation for a trip two days later I was checking the vehicle and found the "exhaust heat shield" lying on the frame between the engine and frame. It was then I figured the part had come off and jammed between the steering shaft and the frame causing a momentary loss of steering control. I have not replaced the heat shield. After a factory recall replacement of the lower shaft resulted in the car steering like new with very little effort for a month or so. I then noticed the steering seemed to bind again at times. I looked and the upper steering shaft is corroded so I sprayed the u joint contained in the upper shaft with lubricant. I contacted the dealer who said the upper shaft was not part of the recall so I called Ford and was told the same thing. The upper shaft joint is experiencing the same failure as the lower shaft. Corrosion in the u joint is causing the needle bearings to not operate properly resulting in more difficult turning of the steering. I lubricate the joint at times. I believe the "upper steering shaft" should be included in a recall due to corrosion effecting the parts due to design not sufficient to prevent contaminates from entering the steering u joints. The "exhaust heat shield" was deteriorated due to corrosion of the mounting holes used to secure the shield to the exhaust manifold mounting bolts.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria.
Leaking intake manifold at the coolant crossover (thermostat housing). Aluminum crossover becomes separated from the plastic intake manifold which will cause overheating and severe engine damage at all speeds. The entire intake manifold will have to be replaced if this condition occurs.
My intake manifold went bad. This is a known issue and a lawsuit was filed. It cost me $1,600 and Ford won't reimburse me.
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While driving in NJ, the manifold blew and made the vehicle inoperative. Luckily, my mechanic came and towed the car to his garage. The mechanic performed a pressure test and determined that the 'plastic manifold' had blown. The origin of the fluid leak was behind the alternator. Then we did some research and found out that this was a problem back in 2004-5. I never knew, nor was I notified about this problem. I am the original owner of the car. The car was just into the Ford dealership to diagnose a "check engine" light on, no discussion was made about this manifold problem . . . They even checked for any previous technical bulletins. So, now what happens?.
See all problems of the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria.
I own a 1997 crown vic less than 100 thousand miles. Bought the car 2 years ago at dealership in louisville ky. Found out there was recalls on vehicle after purchase was told carmax was good. Now here I sit with a cracked intake manifold which was recalled, but noone every fixed it. Someone should be responsible for this, yes was a recall shouldn't there be a law to make someone stand behind the crack intake manifold this was a 1 owner when I bought it with only like 60000 miles,.
Intake manifold crack causing a major coolant leak and engine malfunction cause coolant running to last spark plug hole in passenger side. Engine size 4. 6 8cyl. Same as my explorer 2002.
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact took the vehicle for inspection and was advised by the independent mechanic that the intake manifold gasket was leaking antifreeze. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 114,000.
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I was driving home from work and thought a coolant hose had ruptured but after having the vehicle towed to my mechanic's place of business was told that the intake manifold had cracked and required replacement. After researching I found that Ford had issued a recall for only a few models even though most of their 8 cylinder 4. 6 engines utilized the same defective "composite" intake manifold. My Crown Victoria is a 1997 with 60,000 original miles!.
On 15 Nov 2009, my car started spitting and sputtering, I thought it was bad gasoline. On 16 Nov 2009, I had my car checked by my garage, was told that #5 spark plug and coil was bad due to leaking coolant at my intake manifold. After contacting my local Ford dealer thinking I could just buy a part vs. A whole manifold (like I was told I needed), I learned that there had been a recall for this problem and repairs were covered by Ford for only 7 years of auto's life. Well naturally, my car is 9 yrs old now and I'm facing a $1100. 00 repair bill. I was told the manifold could rupture at any time leaving me and my 2 yr old grandson stranded at any time. I feel like Ford is holding me hostage. With the spitting and sputtering the car was doing, we could have been in a serious accident. I have always driven Ford/Mercury products, but I'm not impressed with what's just happened. I don't want to be "found on road dead" (Ford).
See all problems of the 2000 Ford Crown Victoria.
I own a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with a v-8 (4. 6 ) that has a plastic intake manifold which is cracked and leaking coolant . It is unrepairable and must be replaced . This plastic should have never been used and intake manifolds are not supposed to fail like this and they should all be recalled .
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the air intake manifold on the vehicle was manufactured out of plastic, which caused anti-freeze to leak onto the engine. The anti-freeze leak was noticed due to the burning chemical odor and smoke coming from under the hood. The dealer stated that the repairs would cost over $1,000 at the contact's expense. He was denied repairs under the class action lawsuit. When the heater was activated, the odor from the anti-freeze was overbearing in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 82,000. Updated 4/16/09
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2000 Ford Crown Victoria leaks coolant from the intake manifold. Consumer wants to know why the warranty is only seven years for this part.
The contact owns a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving approximately 45 mph, the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The engine then began to overheat. The contact pulled over to further inspect the vehicle and noticed steam near the engine. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that because the intake manifold was made out of plastic, it failed. The contact would have to pay over $3,000 to have the engine replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 91,000.
I recently determined that I now have a leaking front cover/intake manifold gasket/cracked intake manifold on my 1997 Ford Crown Victoria 4. 6 liter v-8 which will require immediate repair. Had this defect manifested itself back in 2005, I would have been covered by the chamberlan v. Ford settlement but class members had to seek reimbursement by March 16, 2006. Since my 1997 Ford Crown Victoria has only recently started leaking coolant, I guess I will have to fork over the repair monies myself. Is there any chance of Ford repairing this manufacturing defect gratis? f.
The contact owns a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact felt a strong gust of heat coming through her vents. She pulled over to the side of the road and had the vehicle towed back to her residence. The vehicle was unable to be driven. A local mechanic came to service the vehicle and informed her that the plastic intake manifold cracked and needed to be replaced with an iron intake manifold. The vehicle was repaired at the contact's expense. The manufacturer has not yet been notified. The failure and current mileages were 100,000. Updated 06/17/08.
The problem began as a small hissing sound, much like that of a exhaust manifold leak. I was on my way of taking the car to a mechanic to ensure that was the problem when a loud <bang> occurred. Parts of the sparkplug boot were found in the engine compartment at the repair shop.
See all problems of the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria.
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicle was taken to the dealer because the contact was informed of a safety recall. The dealer stated that the intake manifold failed. All of the engine coolant leaked from the reservoir. The copper tubing connected to the intake that went to the reservoir failed and caused the vehicle to begin steaming. The purchase date, powertrain, and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 60,078 and failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 03-25-08 updated 03/25/08.
Intake manifold on my 1997 Ford Crown Victoria cracked allowing coolant to leak into manifold. There was a class action suit in 2005 which I never was told about.
I own a !997 Crown Victoria, which overheated due to a crack in the intake manifold. I have owned this vehicle since 4-06-2002, and did not know about the recall until I looked it up on the internet! I had to pay for the repair myself, I think I should have been notified by Ford!.
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicle was taken to the repair shop to have the brakes serviced. The repair shop stated that the vehicle had a recall and they made the repair. He did not know what recall was serviced or what part was replaced. The vehicle would not start after a year. The vehicle was taken to another repair shop who stated that the intake manifold kit, the ignition coil and spark plugs need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 76,375. The current mileage was 89,113.
1997 Ford crown vic traveling east of austin TX at posted highway speed when a crack developed in the intake manifold with resulted in loss of coolant , and subsequently motor function. Towed to authorized Lincoln Mercury dealer in austin, and was informed by tow truck driver that this was very common defect for this model car , and suggested I contact Ford people for a recall notice. Was advised by the Ford representative at the 800 telephone number provided in the owners manuel that no recall was in effect however, no cost repair was available to those vehicle seven years or under. A further program through the dealers may also be available named customer satisfaction programmability this had restriction of eight years and 80000 miles. My car didn't qualified for either program due to age and mileage even though the car has meticulous being taken care of and was under 82000 miles. Upon completion of a new intake manifold installation at a cost of $1029. 98 dollars it was determined the engine was a total loss as the engine must have been damaged due to loss of coolant and resultant overheating. A replacement motor was quoted at $6000 dollars on top of the already incurred $1029. 98 dollar expence. The car was junk!!! I find it difficult to understand why no recall was in effect since Ford knew there was a problem. The mechanic told me they had many similar repairs in their shop. Also informed all similar police models were repaired without restrictions. If this is so I can't understand why I am discriminated. I would like the Ford corporation reimburse my expenses and/or give me a voucher for a substanial discount on a new Ford vehicle.
Intake manifold thermostat housing ( of composite material) on a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria lx engine, cracked causing coolant to leak, and subsequently the engine to overheat. Car was brought to dealership for repair at a cost of $1055. 18. Ford provided a recall to repair this defect to "commercial" users (police, taxis etc. ), however Ford did not extend this coverage to individual owners of cars beyond the 1997 model year Ford Crown Victoria lx.
- the contact states that there was a recall on his 1997 Crown Victoria. The contact said that 8:20 am on 12/19/06 while attempting to pass another vehicle when he notice a large trail of steam and smoke coming from the rear of his vehicle. The contact pulled to side of road and steam and smoke stopped, at which time he opened hood of vehicle and noticed coolant running on top of the engine. Contact called the Ford dealership of kansas. The Ford dealership informed contact that the intake radiator had cracked. The representative then asked questions regarding the problem and told him that there was a recall on the intake fuel manifold but, that the recall had expired in 2004. The representative also told the contact that the intake had to have a crack in it in order for them to have repairs done.
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph, the vehicle hesitated and sputtered badly. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who determined that there was a crack in the manifold, and that the number 4 heater coil had failed.
Dear sir or madam: I am aware of the Ford campaign 05n04 regarding the composite intake manifold replacement program. My 1996 crown vic fell to this defect to on 11/20/06 which resulted in a needed replacement using the prescribed Ford repair kit. My local Ford dealer said the repair program had expired with no reimbursement possible. After soliciting Fords comments directly (reply can be forwarded) I interpret their response that part failure, while the same as others, did not happen soon enough and therefore ineligible. In your opinion is there any recourse to appeal their denial for claim? are you still receiving letters/emails that this is an ongoing problem? might there be another judgment against them to cover others with this same failure? your help is appreciated. Thank you. Updated 02/15/07.
- the contact stated that the intake manifold cracked and leaked coolant. The vehicle has approximately 89,000. The contact was driving 55-60 mph on the interstate, and the weather conditions were fair. The contact saw a plume of white smoke following behind him. The contact immediately drove the vehicle to a repair shop. There were no warning signs or signs of overheating. The dealer removed and replaced the intake manifold and added engine coolant. Updated 01/26/07.
: the contact stated an independent service mechanic found a milky substance in the radiator coolant reservoir indicating a problem with the intake manifold. The engine temperature was running high as well. A service dealer offered to check for leaks, but informed the contact the warranty had expired.
My wife while traveling to visit her son in a distant city, she pulled into a shopping center to call him, he lived nearby. He came to the shopping center in an effort to lead her to his residence. When leaving she noticed smoke and thought the vehicle caught fire. Further investigation proved it was an ant-ifreeze leak. The failure was the intake manifold produced of an inferior material (nylon) a crack developed at 100614 miles causing the antifreeze to leak out and overheat the engine and cause more damage. Within several day the auto went to the repair shop and the intake manifold was replaced a substantial cost. There was no recall present with this event however Ford motor company had a class action suit with this event as its center piece. Unfortunately the failure on my Ford occurred after the class action suit expired. The suit was limited by a time frame. My thought is all nylon manifold will fail far short of the expectations of the life of the engine.
The manifold cracked, engine overheated,blew heater core had to tow car miles for replacement. Parts included manifold,gaskets, heater core and hoses. This at 84000 miles and no warranty.
1997 Crown Victoria technical bulletin 05n04 NHTSA 10018959 date of bulletin: Dec, 14, 2005 /incident June 12, 2006 this settlement extended the coverage of all composite intake manifold 7 years from the original warranty. . . . Where does that leave 1997 owners? the bulletin was released a year after the extended warranty coverage ended!? one year late for 1997 owners. What should we do because it is past the extended warranty? a defect is a defect with or without a time limit. We did not choose to have it break when it did. . . . The defective part did that for us! what can we do to get this part/service covered? thank you for your time!.
The class action suit that was won regarding 1997 Ford crown vic (and other makes) defective manifold part was handled incorrectly. Mine just went and is well past the March 16th, 2006 deadline and over 7 years old which makes recourse exempt. My car is currently in the shop getting a $1300 + engine repair. And I am not the only one that this has happened to. Definitely not fair!!!.
I was referred by mr. Michael j. Sacks at msacks@lemonlaw. Com his response: it sounds like you are getting the run around and I would recommend you contact NHTSA in washington DC if the company is not willing to follow through with recalls. . Read more...
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|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
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