5 Tips on Repair Problems with Lincoln LS Vehicles
For a luxury vehicle, the Lincoln LS series seems to have more issues than features. Until the year 2000, Lincoln was firmly established as a reliable vehicle. However, a few recalls and lawsuits later, that status is not so assured. The problems with the Lincoln LS in 2005 were due to the fuel system, the 2001 Lincoln LS had issues with the suspension system, as did the 2000 model. Sadly, the Lincoln shares similar issues to the Jaguar, which is not too surprising, since they began as different divisions of the troubled Ford Motor Company.
Ignore the Ignition Coil Explanation
If the official dealership position for a large repair bill is that ignition coils must be replaced, that might work for the first round of repairs. However, it’s good to be aware that the Lincoln LS has had multiple issues in multiple years with misfirings and engine stalling. A new engine may be needed, instead of having to bring the car into the shop for multiple replacements of ignition coils, and eventually a timing chain replacement. If that’s too much of a cost, try finding out on which side the oil leaks, and have the spark plugs and valve cover gaskets replaced, as well as the ignition coils for affected cylinders.
Ball Joint Issues and Recall Notice
According to Motor Trend, the Ford Motor recall #6256 showed loose ball joint attachments. Check that the front suspension, and lower ball joints, have already been replaced according to the recall notice. Otherwise, you may experience significant steering issues.
Have the Fuel Tank Checked
The 2005 Lincoln LS had a Ford recall notice sent out about the fuel tanks. Apparently, according to recall #05S29, the lower part of the fuel tank had a thin wall, which resulted in at least 56 cars experiencing fuel leaks. This can lead to vehicle fires, such as the Ford Crown Victoria recalls of police vehicles that had become flaming death traps. Do not ignore gasoline emissions, or a blinking Check Engine light.
Have Wheels and Lug Nuts Inspected
Especially for a 2003 Lincoln LS, there tend to be significant mobility issues stemming from improperly heat-treated chrome wheels. Although not as dire as the other recalls, the Ford recall #63305 is important, because wheels may show cracks at the lug-nut holes, which can lead to wheel separations from the hub. Early warning signs include increased vibration and higher noise levels at increased speeds.
Keep Tabs on Heating and Cooling
Overheating is also a common Lincoln LS problem, on multiple years. If you notice significant issues with heating when the air conditioning is turned on, it’s possible that the car has a hydraulic fan issue. In that case, it may be an idea to replace hydraulic with an electric fan. Another possibility is that a head gasket or head casting is cracked. If the water pump is the culprit, there’s usually significant leaks or a grinding noise, so make sure that a proper diagnostic is run to see what is causing temperature issues.
Cars can be quite complex these days. Problems with the Lincoln LS models tend to be more pronounced between years 2000 and 2005, but later models seem to have worked out many of these bugs. If you have a full diagnostic run on the Lincoln LS before purchasing it, this may help, but not everything can be seen immediately – even with a high-tech computer system. Just know that temperature issues, steering, and ignition issues seem to be the top three repair problems to watch for.