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LINCOLN TOWN CAR - 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR Problems & Complaints

 
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by Ford Motor Company

There are 317 complaints filed for the 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (9) Equipment (4) Power Train (3) Service Brakes Hydraulic (44) Unknown Or Other (5)
Communications (2) Exterior Lighting (22) Seat Belts (4) Steering (22) Vehicle Speed Control (44)
Electrical System (13) Fuel System Gasoline (18) Seats (2) Structure (11) Visibility (17)
Engine (5) Interior Lighting (1) Service Brakes (2) Suspension (59) Wheels (1)
Engine And Engine Cooling (93) Parking Brake (2) Service Brakes Air (3) Tires (10)

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ENGINE

5/10/2016 - ROSEVILLE, CA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE THE DRIVER WAS DRIVING AT 30 MPH, STEAM EMITTED FROM THE FRONT END OF THE VEHICLE WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE CONTACTS RESIDENCE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED HOWEVER, THE CONTACT STATED THAT AN AFTER MARKET INTAKE MANIFOLD WAS REPLACED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

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ENGINE

5/10/2016 - ROSEVILLE, CA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING AT 25 MPH, THE VEHICLE STALLED AS THE CHECK ENGINE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS RESTARTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE INTAKE MANIFOLD NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED BY THE DEALER HOWEVER, THE CONTACT STATED THAT HE REPAIRED THE VEHICLE INDEPENDENTLY WITH AFTERMARKET PARTS. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 80,000.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

12/31/2015 - PEARL RIVER, LA
BRAKE LIGHTS WOULD NOT WORK. BULBS OK. REPLACING THE TURN SIGNAL SWITCH FIXED PROBLEM.

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SERVICE BRAKES

9/14/2015 - CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL WAS APPLIED, IT TRAVELED TO THE FLOORBOARD. THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT THERE WAS PREMATURE RUST AND CORROSION ON THE BRAKE LINES CAUSING THEM TO FRACTURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 98I001000 (SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC). THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 44,000. UPDATED 12/10/15

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ENGINE

1/22/2015 - CARDINGTON, OH
THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE TRAVELING AN UNKNOWN RATE OF SPEED, THE VEHICLE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT STATED THAT UPON FURTHER INSPECTION OF THE VEHICLE, IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE PLASTIC PIECE ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTAKE MANIFOLD FRACTURED. ALSO, THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE TEMPERATURE READER AND ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED DUE TO THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE CONTACTS RESIDENCE AND WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE CONTACT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 10V638000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 98,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

1/4/2015 - HOUSTON, TX
MY 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR SIGNATURE SERIES CAUGHT FIRE WHILE PARKED IN THE GARAGE. THE CAR HAD NOT BEEN DRIVEN FOR APPROXIMATELY 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE FIRE. ABOUT 02:00 HRS ON THE MORNING OF THE 29TH DECEMBER 2014 I WAS WAKENED BY A LOUD POPPING SOUND. WHEN I INVESTIGATED I FOUND MY GARAGE TOTALLY ENGULFED BY FIRE. IT TOOK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OVER TWO HOURS TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE; FOR IT HAD SPREAD TO THE OTHER VEHICLE PARKED IN THE GARAGE - 2013 JEEP MOAB AND TO ALL OF THE TOOLS AND MATERIALS STORED IN THE GARAGE. THE FIRE MARSHALL AND THE ARSON INVESTIGATOR STATED THAT THE IGNITION POINT FOR THE FIRE WAS UNDER THE HOOD IN THE LINCOLN, ON THE DRIVERS SIDE AND CLOSE TO THE FIRE WALL. IT RESULTED IN THE TOTAL LOSS OF BOTH CARS, THE GARAGE STRUCTURE AND ALL CONTENTS OF SAID STRUCTURE.

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SUSPENSION

8/20/2014 - MISSION, KS
BALL JOINT SEPARATED FROM CONTROL ARM CAUSING CONTROL ARM TO DROP TO THE GROUND. THE SAME AS YOUR RECALL98V322000 BUT CALLING LINCOLN THEY SAID THAT MY CAR WAS NOT PART OF THE RECALL. EVEN THOUGH IT DID EXACTLY WHAT THE RECALL SAID.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

6/12/2014 - PELZER, SC
I WAS TRAVELING AT 9:30 PM WHEN THE HEADLIGHTS WENT OUT FOR ABOUT 45 SECONDS AND THEN CAME BACK ON. TRAVELED ABOUT A MILE, WHEN THEY WENT OUT AGAIN, CAN ON, THEN STARTED RAPIDLY FLASHING. I PULLED OVER AND IT ABOUT A MINUTE BEFORE THEY RETURNED TO NORMAL. THIS HAPPENED THREE TIMES THAT NIGHT BEFORE I ARRIVED HOME. THESE HEADLIGHT PROBLEM HAS HAPPENED FIVE TIMES SINCE THE FIRST OCCURRENCE. I RARELY DRIVE AT NIGHT. ..UPDATED 06/26/14

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SERVICE BRAKES

3/17/2014 - LINCOLN, NE
THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 LINCOLN TOWN CAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT BRAKE FLUID WAS LEAKING FROM THE VEHICLE IN ADDITION TO THE BRAKE PEDAL FEELING ABNORMALLY LOOSE. THE CONTACT LATER INSPECTED THE VEHICLE AND DISCOVERED THAT THE BRAKE LINE WAS RUSTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 90,000.

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STEERING

1/25/2014 - UNION, CT
BEGINNING ON A COLD MORNING THE STEERING FELT OFF, LIKE IT NEEDED MORE EFFORT TO TURN AT TIMES. THE STEERING ALSO FAILED TO RETURN TO CENTER ON ITS OWN, INDICATING A POSSIBLE SEIZED UP UNIVERSAL JOINT IN THE STEERING SHAFT. I REMOVED THE STEERING SHAFT AND FOUND THE UNIVERSAL JOINT SEIZED AND VERY DIFFICULT TO MOVE WHICH CAUSED MY DIFFICULT STEERING. THERE IS A RECALL FOR THIS SAME ISSUE ON NEWER TOWN CARS, WHY DOES THIS NOT COVER MINE?

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