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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#3275 of 3292 Re: 2000 Grand Marquis starter removal [larry123456]
Jul 14, 2011 (5:23 am)
Didn't discover an easy way. Left it a couple of times for a day or so due to frustration. Ive changed many starters over many years and couldn't believe the problem with this one. Threw everything in my extensive tool chest at it.
It was tge top bolt that caused most of the problem. What I finally did was to get a open end wrench on it and use a long pry bar and hit it with a hammer to break the bolt loose. Then I was able to get my 1/4" socket set up there to take it the rest of the way off. It took so much time I wished I had it towed it to a shop instead of home when it went out. The problem with the old one was the woven copper wire from the solenoid to the starter had corroded in half.
Good luck. Wish I had better news.
#3276 of 3292 Tranny Fluid change
Jul 19, 2011 (7:30 am)
I took my GM 2007 in to my usual shop. It had about 38000 on it. The garage replaced my brake fluid, oil filter and oil, but refused to replace the the tranny fluid, they said the fluid is clean, has the right color and doesn't smell burned. They told me to wait. they think taking the pan off and the filter can sometimes cause leaks that are hard to stop. Are they giving me good advice? The car has 46,000 now. The tranny runs great?
Secondly, I had a diagnostic done on my heater /cooler dash control at a ford dealer. My unit is stuck on AC. The ford dealer said I had a dead blend door activator motor. They have to take out most of the the dash assembly to replace it. I'm in las Vegas NV. They want 900.00. Does that price sound reasonable??? does anyone know of other problems that come from R/I the dash? Rattles?? electrical? etc. Sounds like major surgery. Thanks
#3277 of 3292 Re: Tranny Fluid change [halo51]
Jul 19, 2011 (9:11 am)
"Secondly, I had a diagnostic done on my heater /cooler dash control at a ford dealer. My unit is stuck on AC. The ford dealer said I had a dead blend door activator motor. They have to take out most of the the dash assembly to replace it. I'm in las Vegas NV. They want 900.00"
Does not sound too bad. I have had things go wrong with my 2004 Crwon Vic that I never thought would go bad. Dash panel for HVAC, fan speed stuck on high, climate control stopped working, air would literally come out of dash, then defrost, then heat ducts all in 1-2 minutes...I have never seen the need to replace the dash switch, but it happened to me.
Than, my intake manifold went bad...who thought to design the manifold with mostly aluminum and 25% PLASTIC???...yeah, plastic, which leaked and cost $1200 to fix...
Then, my tail lights stopped working at night...brake and signal lights (upper filament) worked fine, but the lower filament did not work, and my license plate light stopped working...so, if you approached me at night from the rear, no lights were visible...tried the cheap way and replaced the dash lamp switch for $50...did not work...had to replace some electronic module above the gas pedal for $750.00...that worked...
Here is the worst part...the manifold, the module and the dashboard HVAC control were ALL IN STOCK AT THE FORD DEALER...they stock that stuff???...yeah, if it is known to go bad often enough, they stock it...they EXPECT the intake manifold to go bad???...yeah, they stock that, too...
#3278 of 3292 Re: 1994 Grand Marquis Transmission Misbehaving [ab5zn]
Nov 24, 2011 (7:13 pm)
Believe it or not you might want to check your radiator. I bought a Marquis last year with a bad transmission and paid a professional to replace it. He found that the inner cooler rotted out dumping antifreeze into the transmission . Also there is some sort of external cable that either breaks away or seizes up that give trouble to marquis. KingBing1
#3279 of 3292 Grand Marquis with Ford Emblem on the steering wheel
Jan 04, 2012 (1:32 pm)
Hi. I have a Mercury Grand Marquis GS 2005 with optionals, like leather wrapped steering wheel, etc. It's a Mercury with clean CarFax history and only 37k. No accidents and air bag never deployed. However it does show a Ford emblem in the center of the steering wheel. I was wondering if an aftermarket unit was installed at the dealer or if Ford made some Grand Marquis with the Ford logo in 2005 or any other year. Thanks
#3280 of 3292 Re: Grand Marquis with Ford Emblem on the steering wheel [mark_farm]
Jan 04, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Can't answer your question directly, but when I bought my new 2004 Crown Vic from a Ford dealer, it came with a Grand Marquis owners manual...I know they are basically the same car, but the overhead computer of the Grand had a lot of functions, like a driver info center, whereas the overhead in my Ford only had a compass in it...all that plastic for a compass and two overhead lights...what a waste of plastic...
#3281 of 3292 Crown Vic Police Interceptor owners?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 09, 2012 (9:04 am)
A reporter would like to speak to a civilian driver of a Crown Vic, preferably a P71 (Police Interceptor). If you are not a police officer, and you own a Crown Vic, please send your daytime contact information to predmunds.com no later than Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern.
#3282 of 3292 Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer
Sep 27, 2012 (12:29 pm)
This is my dilemna. I'm coming up on the 60k scheduled maintenance. i can go to my usual garage, where i get my oils and various filters etc changed, or to a local dealer, friendly ford. the dealer is expensive but super efficient. Its an extensive check, and i'm afraid of what they might find and$$. the independent garage is much less$$ but sometimes they want me to replace things like my serpentine belt, that does shows minor wear and tiny cracks that are well within the accepted condition for 2007 Marquis. I checked on the internet.
Where should i go the dealer who replaced my blend door activator for $700.00 or the garage that i do all my normal maintenance with??? PS. The garage was afraid to replace my tranny fluid unless it was necessary to so, citing dripping problems with the tranny after the fluid change. This makes me thing the garage or the the tranny dripping is a problem with this car?? Any help out here? ">
#3283 of 3292 Re: Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer [halo51]
Sep 28, 2012 (1:44 am)
Well, I personally think, a garage that is afraid to replace the tranny fluid because of "dripping problems" with the tranny after the fluid change would not be my garage for any further projects!! I even do all the Oil changes myself.. engine..power steering AND transmission oil and I´m not a mechanic!
And what means "unless it is necessary to so.."? Never wait till it´s necessary with a tranny fluid change, cause that might also be too late -and expensive-. Depending on your driving style, if you are often in stop and go, live in or close by a city and/ or like to drive "sporty", stick to the Police and taxi maintenance schedule (shorter intervals). Anyways, if it has never been changed yet, change it!!
The dealers usually just flush the transmissions these days and I guess, as they do it pretty often, it might be the better place. My Dad had his transmission on his Town Car flushed at a Ford place and it seemed to work good (price was around 120 $ including the oil)! BUT always check the fluid level when you are out the door of the garage and always check for a wet undercarriage when you arrive home and for stains the next morning! Things can happen, anywhere!
Another Question, do you have to have an "official 60000 mls check" because of a warranty or so or do you just want to have it checked according to the specs? If no "official check" is necessary, maybe check what has to be done by the books, then decide on what you wanna do and place your instructions at one or the other or different things on both dealers.
#3284 of 3292 Re: Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer [mrlauderdale]
Sep 28, 2012 (1:03 pm)
" his transmission on his Town Car flushed "
Local Ford/Lincoln "flushed" the tranny in our 95 4.6 T Bird & in so doing blew the O ring seal around the transmission dipstick. They claimed a coincidence and charged me accordinly to fix that.
IMO the flushing is too powerful and the process doesn't involve a change of filter. Believe in dropping the tranny pan, changing the filter, new gasket, attach the pan & fill with oil. If the oil needs changing, so does the filter.