Police/Fleet/Natural Gas Models May Experience Lower Ball Joint Wear on Ford Crown Victoria

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.

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Average mileage: 112,285 (40,000–200,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
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1999 Ford Crown Victoria 40,000 mi,
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.
Ball joints snapped out of nowhere
2002 Ford Crown Victoria 115,000 mi,
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.
1997 Ford Crown Victoria 200,000 mi,
ball joint broken on left front side
2001 Ford Crown Victoria 88,000 mi,
loud creaking sound when turning the wheel to the left and right. Started when it got cold around here. Took to the mechanic to get fixed.
1997 Ford Crown Victoria 73,000 mi,
Ball joint wear, both sides of front axcel, ball joint broken on left front side.