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Lincoln Town Car owners have reported 39 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 1
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 2
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 3
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 2004 Lincoln Town Car 4
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 5
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 6
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Lincoln Town Car 7
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car 12
Failure Date: 11/22/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Lincoln towncar. The contact stated that she received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13v385000 (steering) and attempted to have the vehicle repaired but was informed by the dealer that the parts were unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and the parts were ordered. The contact was still awaiting repairs. The VIN was unavailable. The contact did experience a failure.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car 13
Failure Date: 11/12/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Lincoln Town Car. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 13v385000 (steering) and stated that the part was unavailable to perform the repair on the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Lincoln Town Car 14
Failure Date: 11/07/2013

While driving, my 2011 Lincoln, continental which was is showroom condition, at approximately 30-35 mph, on wet pavement (not saturated) negotiating slight curve,while wearing a seatbelt, vehicle veered left more than a left front flat tire would cause. Steering did not respond. Vehicle crossed yellow double solid line striking guide rail head on. No interior safety equipment worked for passenger. Seatbelt remained in latched position but did not tighten. Standing on brake vehicle did not appear to slow. . . . 10-12 seconds later my vehicle was struck at the driver's front wheel and fender by a truck traveling approx. 50 mph. No airbags deployed. Injuries to passenger. Vehicle totaled. Note:Lincoln continental driver is a professional driver with no accidents in 34 years. 1. Steering did not work, left or right. 2. Abs did not activate. 3. Airbags did not deploy in first or second collision. No front airbag no side airbag deployed.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 15
Failure Date: 10/30/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13v385000 (steering) and contacted the dealer, who stated that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experience a failure.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 16
Failure Date: 10/24/2013

The contact owns 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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 17
Failure Date: 10/22/2013

The contact owns 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. . . . Updated 12/03/13.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 18
Failure Date: 10/19/2013

The contact owns 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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Lincoln Town Car 19
Failure Date: 10/08/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Lincoln Town Car. The contact received a recall notification of the NHTSA campaign id number 13v385000 (steering); however ,the contact was unable to have the vehicle serviced under the recall since the part was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. There are no failures at this time.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned, making it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the lower steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 96,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 21
Failure Date: 07/17/2013

The contact owns 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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Lincoln Town Car 22
Failure Date: 03/26/2013

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,.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Lincoln Town Car 23
Failure Date: 10/22/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Town Car. The contact was driving 10 mph when the vehicle became difficult to steer, producing a stiff binding when turning the steering wheel. 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 repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 220000. The consumer stated a recall was issued. However, his make, model and year were not included in the recall. Updated 11/13/13.

car image   Steering problem of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car 24
Failure Date: 09/27/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 12/05/2010

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 26
Failure Date: 08/09/2010

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Lincoln Town Car 27
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The contact stated that the rubber on the ignition switch became worn prematurely and caused the steering wheel to be exposed and allow debris to penetrate the steering wheel system. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be inspected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was not available. . . . Updated 02-28-14 the consumer stated the harder plastic surrounding the soft rubber at the base of the shifting mechanism began to come out of its setting. The hard plastic and rubber rubbed together. This has caused a whole in the soft rubber of the shifting mechanism. Updated 3/18/2014.

car image   Steering problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 28
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Lincoln Town Car 29
Failure Date: 05/08/2008

Vehicle: 2001 Lincoln Town Car cartier with 45,000 original miles. Date problem revealed: 05/08/2008 at 38,000 miles. Component: powertrain: driveline; suspension: (rear); suspension: (front); 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.

car image   Steering problem of the 1998 Lincoln Town Car 30
Failure Date: 12/08/2003

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 1997 Lincoln Town Car 31
Failure Date: 11/15/2003

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car 32
Failure Date: 05/15/2003

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 1996 Lincoln Town Car 33
Failure Date: 01/11/2001

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.