Transmission Solenoid Problems of Lincoln LS

Lincoln LS owners have reported 7 problems related to transmission solenoid (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Lincoln LS based on all problems reported for the LS.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Lincoln LS 1
Failure Date: 02/07/2013

While traveling on a divided highway at approximately 35 mph my car abruptly slowed to about 20 mph causing vehicles behind me to brake and/or swerve around me. A "wrench" warning light came on and I found after getting to a safe spot and stopping, that the owner's manual stated that the car was in the "limp mode" where it would not go any faster and needed to be taken to my nearest Ford dealership. After stopping the car I shut if off and upon restarting, the warning "wrench" light was off and the car acted normally. I contacted a number of dealerships and mechanics and found that it's a somewhat common problem, but the fix could be anything from a bad transmission solenoid to a complete fuel/computer/ignition redo for $4500 to $6500. Having this happen on a rural road is one thing, but if it happened on an expressway with traffic at 75 mph plus, could quite possibly be lethal.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2001 Lincoln LS 2
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

Car transmission suddenly stopped working, and the car would not move. Now only drive and reverse work, so the car starts off in drive and accelerates very slowly. Does not shift to overdrive or downshift to lower gears. Replaced solenoid block for $400 and have it in transmission shop now. Mechanic clears codes, and all failure codes then reappear the moment the engine is started.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Lincoln LS 3
Failure Date: 01/21/2009

In Nov 2008,while driving on a very busy street, I noticed the vehicle shifting very hard and at times causing a harsh jerk. As I attempted to make a left turn on a very busy intersection to return the vehicle home, the vehicle lost all power and the error message "etc engine failsafe mode" displayed on the screen. Thankfully the car slowly coasted across the 3-lane intersection without causing an accident. I had the vehicle towed to the Lincoln dealership and they stated that the throttle body need to be replaced. The throttle body was replaced ($761. 00) only to have the same issue happen 2 months later in Jan 2009. When I turned the ignition on to start the vehicle the engine gave off a vehicle loud noise, the vehicle immediately lost power, and the "etc engine failsafe mode" error message was displayed again. Took the vehicle back to the same Lincoln dealership and this time they stated that the solenoid body in the transmission needs to be replaced for $1150. 00. Upon asking why would I get the some error message and the problem is something totally different, the service advisor stated that the error message displayed was a "false code".

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Lincoln LS 4
Failure Date: 01/08/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Ls. While driving approximately 25-30 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle began to jerk and experienced difficulty driving uphill. The vehicle would not shift into gear and remained in gear. The vehicle was pulled over and towed to a repair shop. The mechanic stated that the transmission solenoid pack within the transmission was not responding. The mechanic informed her to take the vehicle to the dealer because they could not make the repair. The dealer informed her of a recall for the transmission and stated that she must file a complaint first before they could assist with the vehicle. There is no recall for the 2004 Lincoln vehicle. The failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 02/05/09 updated 02/06/09.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Lincoln LS 5
Failure Date: 07/23/2007

First it started out in July 2007,ac wasn't blowing like it should be replaced control heads. Then my trac control light came on and park brake light was on checked and advised replaced speed sensor. Then check engine light came on found upstream bank 2 02 sensor reading out of spec. Replaced 02 sensor and clear codes. That cost me$1285. 51. Which I replaced sensor,spark plugs,coil then in Jan 2008 my transmission shift hard into reverse checked and advised found faults in solenoid,valve body,trans filter,repaired clear codes,ok. Replaced drive belt and pulley. That bill was 1318. 72. Well then in 08/2008 same thing transmission shifts rough concern cylinder misfire. Check engine light back on. Thank god had a recall from Ford on that. Found contamination in both sides replaced affected coils,plugs,and cover which they only replaced 4 of the 8 coils. That would have been 593. 18. Then on 08/2008 coolant leak just 3 days after getting it out of the shop had to replace leaking thermostat connector. Haven't had any problems running hot until they worked on it 08/11/2008. The power window was inoperative. The dealer replaced the regulator/motor. Updated 10/22/08.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Lincoln LS 6
Failure Date: 01/27/2006

2002 Lincoln Ls 4. 0 v8 (50k miles) - transmission disengages at any speed. Also, it shifts very hard, when driving and when putting shift lever into reverse and drive. Lastly, it surges when in gear at idle, and upon deceleration, refuses to downshift until high (3-3500 rpms) which creates a sensation of being pulled down the road. Dealer cannot replicate problems. I have seen on multiple discussion groups that this vehicle has problems with the solenoid pack and valve body creating symptoms like those described above. It is dangerous to drive the vehicle like this.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Lincoln LS 7
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

04 Ls was purchased brand new in 2004. I have had continual major problems. Beginning in 2004, the solenoid pack was replaced, followed by the following: all 6 coils, a new transmission (2008), heater core (twice), fuel sending unit, oxygen sensor, some hose/gasket (can't remember) and now the ignition coil is bad. I'm sure there is something I have forgotten. My car has never run good for more than 4-6 months at a time and has cost me a lot of money, especially since the warranty is over.

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