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#885 of 1804 Two Unfortunate Surprises
Aug 27, 2003 (5:56 pm)
The Ford dealer tells me that my 1997 Town car, 66,000 miles, needs a new servo for the Cruise Control which costs about $200. installed. Probably reasonable, I guess.
But they also say I need left inner and outer tie rods, $275 and lower ball joints $ 300. and alignment $60. I can't believe it, at 66,000 miles. I have never, in 40 years of driving had to do this sort of front end work at any mileage.
Is this a weak point on the Lincoln Town Car? Is it to be expected these days? Any possibility of a recall on either of these items? Also, my extended warranty for 75,000 miles expired in May 0f 2003. Is there ever any flexibility in these warranty situations?
Any help or comments on similar experiences would be appreciated.
Aug 27, 2003 (6:07 pm)
See post 884 for my opinion...
#887 of 1804 Two Surprises Part 2
Aug 28, 2003 (4:56 am)
Thanks, nvbanker, for your posting. The car has been in the family since new, driven first by my father and then myself. We are both conservative drivers. In our part of Southern Ontario the roads are excellent and there are no mountains.
They were checking the suspension because the steering had become hard and uneven. I don't question that there is a problem and the suspension area seems a reasonable explanation. What I am questioning is that the wear seems extremely premature. I have never, in 40 years of driving, had ball joint or tie rod problems. Now to have them at 66,000 miles seems disappointing.
To answer your last question, in Ontario Ford and LM dealers have both been selling both lines for some time now.
Aug 28, 2003 (4:17 pm)
Well, I completely agree, this is highly irregular for this problem to happen inside about 150,000 miles in my experience. That said, a second opinion, maybe from an independent shop may be worth your time. Evidently something is wrong, but it could also be your power steering pump, a loose belt, the steering box as easily as your tie rods & ball joints.
#889 of 1804 Joining the Club
Sep 01, 2003 (5:39 pm)
Hello everyone. Tomorrow I pick up my 2000 Signature Series TC. It is silver with a moon roof. The previous owner took extra good care of it. It has almost 38,000 miles on it. My first Lincoln was a
64-66 time frame with doors that opened from the center. Reading your posts, it seems the first thing I'll do is change all the fluids and go to synthetics. Thanks for all your posts.
#890 of 1804 Security blinking light
Sep 13, 2003 (6:35 am)
I have a 2003 Town car. The red flashing security light on the dash flashes continuously when the key is removed from the ignition, even when the car remains unlocked. I can't find in the manual if this is normal.
I would appreciate the info if there is any way to stop this thing from blinking when it is parked in the garage unlocked.
#891 of 1804 Security Light
Sep 14, 2003 (5:02 am)
The light is suppposed to flash any time the key is removed from the ignition, and it blinks continuously to let theives know that the system is active. No, it can not be turned off, and I don't know what would happen if the wires were cut or removed. Could be the fool thing would just blow the horn and flash the lights until the battery died, or a neighbor shoots it first.
#892 of 1804 Security flashing light
Sep 14, 2003 (7:08 am)
Thanks Limo,for some reason it just bothers me for a light to blink when it is not necessary.Of course that is my opinion as my garage is in my basement and we have a security system for the house,so I don't lock my car when it is in the garage. Oh well,I love the car and can put up with a blinking light.
Sep 14, 2003 (3:49 pm)
Don't go into therapy over the blinking light, ok? It's not that big a deal! Cover it over with a lid or something if it bothers you that much! But don't tamper - you could very easily disable your car as that's what the system is intended to do if it's messed with.
#894 of 1804 Talking about Lincolns
Sep 19, 2003 (4:42 pm)
Anybody out there want to talk about Lincolns.I would be interested in any accessories that you have added to your car.Mine is just basic and as you know they are well equipped,but I saw some accessories on the Lincoln site that looked interesting.