The Lincoln Town Car was the Ford Motor Company's premier luxury vehicle until 2007; still, several owners of the automobile have reported problems. The 2007 Lincoln Town Car underwent a recall for bearing problems, and Ford has recalled the 2001 Town Car five times as of 2010. According to Repair Pal, premature fuel filter clogging and water pump corrosion have caused the biggest problems.
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Wheel Bearing and Hub Problems
The Ford Motor Company recalled more than 8,000 Lincoln Town Cars because of a manufacturing problem with the wheel bearing and hub assembly. The components had undergone improper heat treating, causing the hub and bearing to fracture during operation of the Town Car. When the hub fractures, it separates from the axle or knuckle assembly, only held in place by the brake calipers, which are not designed to work with this additional strain or pressure. The wheel can completely separate from the Lincoln Town Car, creating accident situations. The Town Car owner needs to take the Lincoln into the dealership for replacement of these components to correct this problem.
Fuel Filter Problem
Many Lincoln Town Cars produced in 2004 have had fuel filter problems, in which the fuel filter prematurely fails due to clogging. Debris builds up inside the fuel filter as gasoline flows through the filter, but the filter clogs more quickly than expected. According to Repair Pal, the Lincoln owner needs to replace the fuel filter every 30,000 miles to prevent this fuel filter failure. The Town Car acts as though it has run out of gas or stalls during operation when the fuel filter begins to clog.
Water Pump Problem
Repair Pal reports problems with the Lincoln Town Car's water pump impeller corroding, which causes the engine to overheat because coolant does not flow or circulate through the engine. Though Repair Pal does not pinpoint a specific reason for this impeller problem, the known defect causes the impeller to spin freely on the water pump, allowing corrosion inside the water pump and eventually damaging the pump or causing it to fail.
Windshield Wiper Motor
The 2001 Lincoln Town Car saw the largest recall from Ford Motor Company to date as of 2010 because of the windshield wiper motor. This recall affected more than 1 million Ford vehicles, including the Lincoln Town Car. A switch in the wiper motor malfunctioned and overheated, resulting in the loss of wiper functions. The plastic cover on top of the switch began to smoke and burn, creating a fire hazard in the Town Car. Owners of affected vehicles need to take them into their local dealership to have the assembly inspected and replaced if the wiper motor manufacturing date falls within the time frame of the suspected wiper motors' manufacture.
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