Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 112,285 (40,000–200,000)
13 model years affected: 1990
, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
23 people reported this problem
My Crown Vic started to make bed spring noises with any bumps or if you pushed down on the front of the car. It got worse and louder when turning the steering wheel. They were replaced with ones that have a grease fitting for future lubrication. Mechanic said if ford would of just put in the fittings for maybe a buck each in the first place this would not of been a problem. I believe it was a $700 repair.
Steering was loose and weird and pulled hard to the right. The steering wheel wouldn't return when I'd make right hand turns. Started making a grinding noise when I pressed the gas pedal and a hollow thumping on the right front side. Went to make a u-turn on a residential street, when I thought I blew the front right tire. Turns out the lower right ball joint broke and my wheel had essentially fallen off the axle. Ended up having both lower and upper ball joints replaced on account of extreme wear as well as the upper control arm.