Last post on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM
You are in the Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
What is this discussion about?
Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#3284 of 3300 Re: Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer [mrlauderdale]
Sep 28, 2012 (12:03 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.
Nov 24, 2012 (1:22 am)
just purchased a 2002 Gm Gs it has the lacy spoked rims with the wider good year tires..arizona beige metallic ...95k miles..interior and exterior are in like brand new condition ...bought from a ford dealership, i paid 5k....i have only put 100 miles on it so far...it seems to ride very well...there is a slight pull to the right..
Nov 25, 2012 (2:39 am)
the GM also has a much better looking interior
#3287 of 3300 Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints?
Mar 21, 2013 (11:36 am)
I have a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis that has 130,000 miles on it. It had 34,000 on it when I purchased it in 2005. Anyhow, today my mechanic replaced upper and lower ball joints on both sides. He said I may need tie rod ends and an alignment. Like a dummy, I didn't question him on that. I drove car 8 miles back to my house and nothing feels wrong. I mean there's no pulling or vibration or anything else. My question is: Should I get an alignment? Not to sound like a jerk, but I hope to only hear from those of you who know what you're talking about.
(I did an internet search about new ball joints, and half the people said an alignment is necessary and the other half said it wasn't.)
#3288 of 3300 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 21, 2013 (7:48 pm)
Would be helpful to know about the treadwear on your front tires. If the treadwear is even and satisfactory, I don't think an alignment is necessary at this time. If the camber, caster, toe in & toe out adjustment is affected by changing ball joints - I don't know how.
#3289 of 3300 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [euphonium]
Mar 22, 2013 (5:42 am)
Can't comment on front tire treadwear because I've only put 8 miles on them with the new ball joints.
#3290 of 3300 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 22, 2013 (9:37 am)
Reconsidering: New tires, new ball joints, & the mileage on the car - a front end alignment would be appropriate at this time.
#3291 of 3300 Maybe I am just
Mar 23, 2013 (6:23 am)
too critical, but I would align my front end once a year, simply as a form of good maintenance, to make sure my tires last as long as possible...if I changed front end parts or bought new tires, I would consider an alignment absolutely mandatory...don't be so damn cheap...
#3292 of 3300 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 24, 2013 (7:46 am)
Absolutely, you need an alignment.
#3293 of 3300 Just got 2004 Crown Vic LX....seat belt chime won't quit....other questions
Nov 09, 2013 (6:24 am)
....I just bought a 2004 Crown Vic LX. Two issues:
1.) The seat belt chime / tone (?) goes off, after the seat belts are engaged, for 5 sets of 5 chimes, with about 5 seconds between sets. It wouldn't be that bad if that was it, but they will randomly start the whole process over again just driving down the road, 30-40 minutes later for instance. The seat belts are generic replacements from autozone or somewhere. The guy I bought it from said there was a chip / sensor in the seat belt that was very expensive to replace and said I could probably get one at a junkyard. IMO, he was bs'ing me.
2.) There is a replacement car stereo installed that sucks. Any suggestions on a replacement? It is a 'Dual' brand with a removable face plate. There is an empty half inch space below it.
3.) A previous owner was a smoker, though the very vast majority of the smoke odor is gone (I have a VERY high sensitivity to this smell, but even I think its barely noticeable....I don't smell like smoke after I get out of the car). Is there any 'go-to' products that I can use / spray on the car ceiling liner and floor carpeting to remove the odor? what about the leather seats? Do they harbor that smell also? I'd tend to think not...
Thanks to all who contribute!
Eric in Indy