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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#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
Nov 13, 2013 (5:04 pm)
I have a 2004 Crown Vic LX Sport (floor shifter, dual exhaust) and I replaced my seatbelt with one from Ford...some things, IMO, should come from the factory, and seatbelts are one of them...mine cost $350 to replace...replaced at 110K miles, needs another one at current 210K miles...Honda warranted seatbelts for life, Ford does not...
I have factory radio/cd/cassette, and it functions...that's about all...part of me wants to replace it, and the other part says that a new audio system would be worth more than the car is now...
I would think a decent leather cleaner (Lexol?) might work...
How many miles on your odo, and, may I ask what you paid for the car?
#3295 of 3300 Re: evolk1 [marsha7]
Nov 14, 2013 (10:19 am)
Regarding the seat belts...never replaced seat belts before...are they difficult or easy? I can replace an alternator, but that's about as difficult as I've gotten over time. I just want to get an idea if it really IS the replacement seatbelts that are causing that chime/tone, before I go out and spend $700.
Thanks for the tip on the Lexol. I hope it works. What about on the ceiling?
I'd be surprised if your 2004 is not worth more, depending on condition. Mine has 137,000 miles on it. I paid a 'friend' $2,700. As I've driven it more and more, I'm pretty sure I got sold a bill of goods....
He told me about the chime/tone problem, as he did about the warped rotors on the back, and the tires needing to be replaced in the next 5-6 months.
What I've discovered he didn't tell me about, that I assumed I guess, is
1.)the missing full size or otherwise spare
2.) No driver's manual of any kind in the glove box.
3.) No code for the outside combination door lock pads (can I find out what that is somehow without spending a fortune?)
4.) the fact the high beams don't stay on when pushing the turn signal arm forward....they only go on when pulling it back...and then need to be held otherwise it goes back to standard beams.
5.) The headlight dial / switch only turns the headlights on or off...no parking lights only functionality.
6.) Only one ignition key...no door key....thus, I had to spend $69.00 at WalMart last week to get a second ignition key.
The car seems to drive quietly engine wise and is running fine, so I guess the other stuff is fairly minor, but nevertheless I feel he should have informed me of each...he drove the car himself for 2-3 months afterall.
He's a newer friend, but I seriously doubt I will buy a car from him ever again. He was acting like because he has a wholesale license, he was doing me a huge favor to sell it to me at that price....implying he could get $4-4.5k for it retail. Yeah, right.
I haven't run a CarFax on it yet, but will. He told me he had some sort of trade-only app on his phone and that it was clean except for a small front end mishap that somehow ruined the airbag sensor in the front, but didn't pop the airbag. He claims he replaced it. I have a sneaky feeling I'm going to find out quite a bit about this car when I get the CarFax.
Oh, well,....live and learn.
#3296 of 3300 Re: evolk1 [evolk1]
Nov 16, 2013 (7:02 pm)
Follow up....I did the CarFax and it reports no accidents, but was owned in New York for a good chunk of it's life, then sold to an auto auction in NY, then to an auction in Cincy, then on to Indy, where I bought it.
I had my mechanic look it over today and give it a test drive...he said other than the tires needing replacement immediately, he thinks I got a decent, fair, deal, which is all I was looking for. He is a 35 year mechanic and absolutely loves the Crown Vic line.
Also, I id'd the model of the Dual stereo in the unit, and it is the Dual HD250, a basic run of the mill $50 unit sold at WalMart. Fair enough....it has it's limitations, and that's fine, as I'm not an audio-phile, though I used to think I was one...then realized that I really didn't care all that much to have the best stereo in the world.