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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
163,366 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. knuckle needs replacing (coming apart) (2 reports)
2003 Ford Crown Victoria steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 102014

Crown Victoria P71 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles


Steering the vehicle became hard when making turns, as if the power steering was not operating. After making turns, the wheels did not straighten by themselves, and turning them back had to be done manually, as if no power steering was installed on the vehicle and it was standing still. I see that the recent recall is only for 2005-2001 Crown Victorias (and similar Panther platform vehicles), but this failure also occurred my 2003.

A view under the hood showed that the steering column universal joints, located in 2 places on the shaft, were rusted and dry. After first applying silicone spray to loosen them up (which relieved the appearance of power steering failure), I applied very generous amounts of lithium grease to both joint locations. Same as another guy on here.

- , Kenton, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010

Crown Victoria CVP 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,731 miles

Being a Police Intercepter at one time, this steering knuckle is of poor design and is on every vic from 2003 to 2010 and could cause a major accident. It is my opinion that this knuckle is bound to break because of poor engineering.

- , Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

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