hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,662 miles

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problem #9

Sep 102009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. The contact stated that the struts, lock arms and tie rods were replaced on the vehicle, but the left front drivers side wheel continued to make noise. The contact stated the wheels began to shake whenever he drove over a bump. The dealer advised the contact that the ball joint caused the failure, but they could not replace them. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #8

Oct 152009

LS 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2002 Lincoln Ls V8. In October 2009, I heard a load noise in the tire area and finally the suspension and ball and joints and lower arm control had broke it cost me about $800. And now the other side is making the same noise. Is there a recall for this model and year" where can I get to check this? what can I do about this matter I don't know" the same problem has been reported online by others too.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #7

Jul 012009


  • 95,000 miles
While driving the lower ball joint fell apart. No injury resulted due to a low speed. After talking to a technician at the local Lincoln dealer I found out that Lincoln had changed the design a month after my car was built because they know they had underbuilt the car. I asked the technician if I could upgrade it to the part they used after March of 2002 and he said he didn't know he had never tried it but as far as he knew the parts would bolt up to the car the same, and the part they used on my car was failing on a regular basis and the part they used after March of 2002, as far as he knew never failed. I decided to take the lower control arm off my car and take it to a machine shop and have them machine it to fit the newer/larger stud in the ball joint used after March of 2002, everything worked out good and I have not had any problems. The original equipment on my car were 14 mm and after March they used 16 mm it's pretty simple to take it to a machine shop and upgrade your car. The cost of the work at the machine shop was only $25 and we did all the rest in the driveway in just a few hours. If you have any mechanical ability you can do this job, or you can pay about $1,500 to a shop to put the 14 mm back in and have it fail again.

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 072010

LS 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving my 2002 Lincoln Ls 3.9V8 vehicle, I have been fighting my steering wheel to keep my car driving straight. I took the car to a local shop where I was told that ball joint bolt was lose, where he also pointed out the looseness.(bolt located behind the rotor right at the bottom of the control arm) today while driving, the steering took me into some grass but no damage was done to the vehicle. I have seen that this has been a problem in 2000 and 2001 so I wasn't sure if the same problem occurred in my 2002 but I feel very unsafe in the car especially commuting to work everyday on a busy freeway, fearful that the steering will give out at anytime and I would lose control of the vehicle.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 132009


  • 123,960 miles
I own a 2002 Lincoln Ls I begin to hear a load noise in the tire area on 12 13 2009 I took my care to Goodyear auto and when they went to pull my car in the tire rolled. The suspension and ball and joints and lower arm control had broke it cost me $1026. And now the other side is making the same noise. I looked it up and saw that there was a recall for this on my make and model but I was told that my VIN number was not reported as having the problem which it clearly dose. What can I do about this matter I don't know why it is not listed on the recall list but this VIN number has the same problem that the others have.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 012009


  • 90,000 miles
Failure of ball joints on 2002 Lincoln Ls loud squeaking sound and clunking sound from front passenger side of car, designated as the lower control arm of suspension system. The model years, 2000 and 2001 have been recalled but the identical equipment exists on the 2002 Ls. I have not replaced the ball joint yet. Having done research this is a very common occurrence on the 2002 Ls.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 012009


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. While driving 10 mph, the contact heard a clicking noise coming from the passenger side front wheel. The failure occurs during both low and high speeds. Firestone checked the tires and stated that the control arm ball joints needed to be replaced. Through research, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 00V359001 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall, even though the failures were identical. The contact stated that the coil pack was also experiencing failure. Whenever he attempted to accelerate, the vehicle feels as if it will shut off. The failure also occurs while the vehicle is idling. He believes that both issues are manufacturer defects. The failure mileage was 150,000 and current mileage was 161,000.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 012005


  • 75,000 miles
This has been a continuing saga. Started approximately date below but ongoing and more being added. Have had to replace all window assemblies due to complete failure where glass fell without warning. Drivers front ball joint, clock spring ( no horn, radio, cruise control or air bag) problems with air conditioning. Trunk lining continually coming down, paint clear coat, splotches, looks terrible.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #1

May 262008


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Lincoln Ls. While driving 60 mph, the contacts wife heard a whining sound coming from the front of the vehicle. The mechanic stated that lower ball joint was not manufacturer with a safety pin in the lock nut. In addition, they felt this could have caused the tire to disengage. As of May 29, 2008, the mechanic had not repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 137,000

- Ellenwood, GA, USA