Last post on Feb 03, 2012 at 9:12 AM
You are in the Lincoln LS
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Lincoln LS, Tires, Coupe
#15 of 18 Re: What are the best tires to buy for an LS? [queengina]
Sep 01, 2009 (4:11 pm)
You can try but after 6 months and 9000 miles they aren't going to be too eager to replace those tires. They will say any damage was caused by you. Didn't the LS come with Continental tires, and they weren't very good? Is that what you have?
#16 of 18 Re: What are the best tires to buy for an LS? [toomanyfumes]
Sep 02, 2009 (9:00 am)
I don't know what kind of tires they are, I'll have to look. But they look bad, and they are all dry rotted. Dry rotted tires don't happen over night. I have already had problems with this car since the day I bought it, and the dealership has to keep replacing things on the car. I had to have my attorney called and threaten them with the Lemon Law.
I don't want to go back there anymore so I would rather just buy 4 brand new tires, especially with winter coming.
What kind of tires do you suggest?
#17 of 18 Re: What are the best tires to buy for an LS? [queengina]
Sep 02, 2009 (9:41 am)
If price isn't an issue - Michelin Pilot Sport or MXMH4s depending on whether you want sporty or touring. There are a lot of choices on the lower end. Tirerack.com is a good resource for comparing tires and tire survey ratings from actual owners.
#18 of 18 Front Ball joints/tie rods 2001 Lincoln LS V8
Feb 03, 2012 (9:12 am)
I hope someone who has this problem will benefit from my post. I have an 11 year old LSV8 with 97K miles. Yes it is getting up there but it's a solid car and has served me well; I was not intending to trade it in. One day a couple of weeks ago I noticed a subtle squeak or squeal when doing the sharp turn out of my driveway, and when turning going at very low speed, as when looking for a parking space in a crowded lot. It was definitely not metal on metal or, it didn't sould like it, and, it wasn't loud but I took it in to the dealer later that day thinking it was maybe a minor power stearing issue, no handing problems, no symptoms other than the sound, which it has not made since that day.
Well I got my eyes opened, especially re the Ford/ Lincoln dealer. The diagnosis: needs new ball joints, both sides, and new tie rods. The dealer estimate, which I got in writing, was $519.side for the sealed (and therefore unmaintainable) ball joint, and $ 120 each side for the tie rods; plus total $500 for labor and a necessary front in alignment, another $75. I thought this insane and figured it was time for a new car,but first I Googled the issue and found many, many references to a much less (and better) fix using regular old fashioned ball joints; the parts at a tenth of the price of the OEM dealer parts. I did some calling around to friends and found one who had a friend who had could recommend an "exotic car" ( the frame and suspension are Jaguar)mechanic who looked at the car yesterday and will replace the ball joint assembley with the servicable (not sealed)ball joints with which Jaguar had replaced sealed ones years ago; he's done this in several LS's and Jaguars using not no name generic parts,,,,,,but Jaguar parts. He was also under the impression that Ford/Lincoln had been switching these ill conceived parts as they presented using the Jaguar parts.
A beyond aggravated me found out from the Ford/Lincoln service department and found that this was indeed the case BUT the customer had to suggest the use of aftermarket parts. So my car goes into the Jaguar mechanic Monday. I'll get my oil changed at Ford/Lincoln, it's actually less expensive than the quicky lube places and WM, and in my experience they have not tried to railroad me in to unnecessary stuff, which the quicky type lube places HAVE.
I have not had much beyond routine maintainance done on this care yet, but from now on I will absolutely ask questions first.