1998 Ford Crown Victoria Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

The engine may overheat at idle when the AC is on. A new, upgraded fan motor and resistor assembly should be installed.

The heater hose outlet may leak coolant at the back of the intake manifold. Sometimes this is misdiagnosed as a leaking intake manifold gasket because it resembles a leaking manifold.

The EGR valve position (EVP) sensor can fail on this vehicle. The EVP sensor measures the EGR valve position and transmits the date to the engine control computer. If it fails, drivability and fuel economy can suffer, the Check Engine Light will commonly illuminate.

The illumination of the Check Engine Light is common due to ignition misfire, often caused by bad spark plugs or ignition coil.

Certain police, fleet, and natural gas models may experience lower ball joint wear, requiring replacement of the front ball joints. Ford has issued a recall on certain vehicles for this condition. Please contact your local dealer for more information.

An oil leak may develop from the the right side head gasket.  Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. Our technician tell us an updated head gasket is available to correct this concern.

The alternator may get too hot, causing premature bearing failure.