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Steering Problems of Lincoln Town Car - part 1



Lincoln Town Car owners have reported 54 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 1
Failure Date: 09/20/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. While backing out of the driveway at approximately 5 mph, a snap sound was heard and the steering wheel fractured. The steering wheel moved in circles and the contact lost control of the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle crashed into a ditch. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there were no recalls. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 2
Failure Date: 06/21/2016

47,000 miles on 2003 Lincoln Town Car steering suddenly became difficult and 'binds' intermittently at a constant turning radius when turning the wheel both clock-wise and counter-clockwise. This occurred while in motion at low speeds, ~25 mph, immediately after coming down a hill, as if the sudden compression of the car cause the shaft to warp at the joint. After further inspection the lower and intermediate steering shafts appear heavily corroded at the u-joints and throughout both shafts. Based on the influx of steering shaft complaints over the past year or so for the same year and model car, this is undeniably a mechanical failure on the manufacturers part, I. E. , engineered to fail. Additionally, based on the level of corrosion, this issue may have been more apparent and/or severe if there was more mileage put on the car but luckily the vehicle was driving at low speeds at the time of failure. Images are attached below.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 3
Failure Date: 06/07/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. While driving at an unknown speed, an abnormal noise was heard coming from the steering wheel. In addition, the steering wheel shook violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the cause of the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 231,000. The VIN was not provided.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 4
Failure Date: 01/30/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. While driving at an unknown speed, the steering shaft and steering knuckles fractured from the steering wheel connection. The steering wheel became extremely loose without warning. The contact had to cautiously maneuver the steering wheel due to the sudden failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection and diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v704000 (steering) and 13v385000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and did not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was not available.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Lincoln Town Car 5
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Lincoln Town Car. While making a left turn into a parking lot, the steering linkage shaft fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 13v385000 and 14v704000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 6
Failure Date: 12/21/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic who found the vehicle's lower steering shaft was found defective when at a routine inspection. The vehicle's lower steering shaft was replaced however, while driving at approximately 65 mph on the highway the steering wheel's shaft ditachted again causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact stated that there was no crash however, a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic again who diagnosed that the upper steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, the contact stated the manufacturer offered no usable assistance for the issue and or failure. The approximate failure millage 80,000. Gl.


car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Lincoln Town Car 7
Failure Date: 10/16/2015

When vehicle is in motion steering wonders back and forth. Center steering only obtain with constant correcting.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 8
Failure Date: 07/17/2015

We have a fleet of Lincoln Town Cars used in a ground transportation service. The driver reported that "the steering felt (very) tight". Another car was dispatched to cover the livery, and the affected car was towed back to our facility. Our senior mechanic examined the car and the issue is the lower steering shaft assembly. It is severely corroded, and the "u-joints" contained in it are almost impossible to move. We contacted the dealer, provided the VIN, and was told there is no recall on this vehicle this is not a new fomoco problem, there have been several recalls of several other years (and models) for the very issue. It is the exact same part that has failed in several years of Town Car (and similar). They are playing game with recall status on this vehicle these cars (that all have the same steering shaft design) should be recalled the scope of this recall needs to be expanded.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 9
Failure Date: 03/30/2015

This vehicle has the same "hard steering" issues as our other Town Cars. The newer ones were recalled, but the 2003 & 2004 were not included in that recall. Upon examination, it is determined the lower steering shaft is corroded and the cause of these issues, as explained in Lincoln's 13s01 recall. Why is this vehicle not recalled as well?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Lincoln Town Car 10
Failure Date: 01/23/2015

On wipers the intermediate dont work and when washer fluid sprayed cant shut wipers off 2 now on wheels constantly loosing air due to rims peeling and the inside rims are peeling causing tire not to hold air and 3 front end wobbles and raddles had new tierods and ball joints wondering if any recalls were due to be done and previous owner neglected to get done please help.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car 11
Failure Date: 12/11/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13v385000 (steering); however, the dealer refused to perform the repairs. The contact mentioned that the technician explained that the recall repairs were performed six months prior at another dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the recall repairs could not be performed a second time. The contact stated that the vehicle was never repaired under the recall. The contact had not experienced a failure.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car 12
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

Recall 13s08 / NHTSA recall 13v385 Ford dealers could not do repairs timely. This is a working commercial vehicle. Bought parts from Ford and had independent mechanic perform repair. Ford/Lincoln refused to reimburse. I feel that in light of the fact that the repairs were performed, and that their representative dealers were not able to fit us in within a reasonable period of time, they should reimburse at least up to the amount they reimburse through dealers. The repairs were done 2 months ago and appear to be solid.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 13
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13v385000 (steering) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 14
Failure Date: 06/14/2014

Consider including Town Cars in the latest Ford crown vic, merc gran marquis, marauder 500k car steering issue. While changing the oil on my 2003 Town Car one month ago, I found a heat shield from the exhaust manifold laying parallel to and on the steering shaft stuck between the shaft and the upper control arm support and vehicle frame. The bolts holding the shield as well as mounting tabs on the shield had rusted and broken off. Very scary to see since the universal joint midway on the shaft could have easily jammed on the shield while steering to the left I. E. Turning the steering wheel counter clockwise. The shield was easily removed from within the engine compartment without the use of tools. Thought you should know. Thank you.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 15
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the knuckle was rusted and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 245,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car 16
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while driving 40mph, the contact was making a right hand turn the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft had fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 63,478. Ec.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 17
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph , the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned and made it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 78,300.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 18
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

2010 Lincoln Town Car. Consumer writes in regards to steering linkage shaft due to corrosion recall. Consumer states 2004 Lincoln Town Car with same issue is not under recall. The consumer stated he had difficulty turning the steering wheel due to corrosion of the linkage shaft being very corroded. The cost of the repair was $ 296. 80. It had rusted out and made the vehicle nearly impossible to turn.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car 19
Failure Date: 03/18/2014

Steering wheel locked while taking a left turn at a traffic light controlled intersection. Was able to stop car with brake before colliding with gas station curb/signpost. Of concern is that this car is part of recall 13s08, I was notified last fall. Went to a dealer promptly for a safety inspection on 11/18/13. Was told vehicle was safe to drive. Waited for dealer to contact me when parts became available. Never got a call, but got a follow-up letter from Lincoln. While driving to dealer for recall repair, the incident happened before arriving at the dealer. Something is wrong with the safety inspection process. I was told the car was safe to drive. A less experienced driver would have crashed the car. At highway speed, there is no way any driver could have prevented a serious crash.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car 20
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the power steering malfunctioned and casued the wheel to become very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician performed the repairs for NHTSA campaign number: 13v385000 (steering) but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the upper intermediate steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,500 and the current mileage was 100,100.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car 21
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

2006 Lincoln Town Car. Consumer writes in regards to contacted dealership several times to have recall completed. The consumer stated it has been over 2 months, and the parts is still not available. Recall# 13v385000.

car image   Steering problem of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car 22
Failure Date: 01/10/2014

The contact owns a 1999 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the vehicle would occasionally veer from left to right. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The failure mileage was 120,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 23
Failure Date: 12/25/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while coming to a stop at 10 mph, they tried to steer out of the way of an oncoming vehicle that had veered out of it's lane. While attempting to steer away, the vehicle steered the opposite direction into a ditch. The problem had recurred two times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The diagnosis was that the lower steering shaft assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Lincoln Town Car 24
Failure Date: 12/12/2013

In curve on highway lost control of vehicle and went into adjacent lane before regaining control. If there had been another car in that lane would have collided with it. Took to Lincoln dealer. They told me steering corroded but was told that the vehicle is not part of recall. Also called Ford motor and they told me same thing. The repairs cost $2000 . Lincoln dealership said vehicle not safe to drive.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 25
Failure Date: 11/25/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated while driving at approximately 40 mph, the steering becomes very stiff and made the steering difficult. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was diagnosed and repaired the steering shaft replaced. The repair did not remedy the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 286000. Am.