4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,568 miles

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problem #19

Aug 212006

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 280,000 miles
: the contact stated the lower control arm ball joint fractured while driving 20 mph on a dry highway. There was a NHTSA recall, # 98V322000, regarding the suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower ball joint. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #18

Aug 032005

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles
Consumer has a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. He complained about a lower ball joint problem. He found, on the internet NHTSA recall 98V322000. He went to Ford web site and entered the VIN the web site showed that this vehicle was not included in recall. The vehicle is now not drivable due to ball join problem. Lower ball failed on 8-3-2005 while driving. There was no accident, he traveling ball joint separated just like mentioned in the recall. Consumer would like to have vehicle included in this recall.

- Las Vages, NV, USA

problem #17

Aug 042004

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,300 miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a groaning sound. Vehicle was parked parked when the right front end collapsed. A repair shop examined the vehicle, and found that the lower right ball joints broke. Updated 11/18/09. Updated 11/19/09.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #16

Feb 241999

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front passenger side ball joint failed, dealer refused recall repairs due to milage.

- Green Cove, FL, USA

problem #15

Feb 121999

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Vehicle experienced lower ball joint failure while driving at approimately. 40 mph. Dealer notified and informed consumer that vehicle was not under a manufacturer's recall even though a recall notice was received concerning that defect in late Jan of 1999.

- Green Cove Spring, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 241999

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Consumer was driving aproximately 40mph when the ball joint separated. There is an open investigation at this time--id#-ie-98-040, the VIN# of this vehicle is not included. Consumer's offering to send part(s) to (ODI) if we would like, please call. Ford has offered to take parts back to mi. To look at.-----please add VIN.#.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #13

May 141998

(reported on)

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Two of the 1996 fleet vehicles (Crown victorias) have had failed lower ball joints, one incident leading to the collapse of the vehicle's front wheel asembly.

- Unknown, UN, USA

problem #12

Apr 261996

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Chief of police called to inform of recall notice received concerning Ford Crown Victoria lower ball joint failure. Door handles were replaced. Rear brake pads and rotors replaced at 18290, front pads and rotors were replaced at 28679 miles, front and rear brake pads replaced at 51031 miles. Intake manifold replaced twice. Heater hose replaced. Passenger side tail light replaced. Tire rotations are done every 3000 miles, however tires had to be replaced at approximately 9600 miles and at 600000 miles, no specific tire information given. Cooling fant and motor replaced. Tpc, pvc, and fuel regulator replaced.

- Murphysboro, IL, USA

problem #11

Jun 291998

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Lower ball joint failure causing loss of steering control.

- Evansville, WY, USA

problem #10

May 211998

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Lower control arm ball joint failed causing damage to vehicle.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #9

Jun 231998

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Lower control arm ball joint came apart causing loss of control and damage.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 041997

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Lower control arm ball joint failed.

- Owensville, MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 281998

Crown Victoria

  • miles
Lower control arm and ball joint bushings have failed. The dealer will be notified.

- Hanahan, SC, USA

problem #6

May 011998

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lower control arm/ball joints failed, causing front end to feel loose. (qcaw)

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 071998

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lower ball joints failed.

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #4

May 011998

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lower control arm/ball joints failed causing vehicle to feel loose in the front end. (qcaw)

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #3

May 191998

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Chief of police is responding to police internet recall concerning vehicle recall for front control arm/ lower ball joint.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #2

May 211998

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • miles
The defective lower ball joints broke off, causing loss of vehicle control. Also, a second vehicle, a new vehicle 1996 Ford Crown Victoria VIN# [xxx],had a similar problem which occurred June 23, 1998 with 60 miles, with lower ball joints broke, causing loss of vehicle control. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 221997

Crown Victoria

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Inadequate lubrication caused the right lower ball joint to separate, resulting in an accident.

- Deer Park, TX, USA