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1.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
139,600 miles

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2003 Ford Crown Victoria steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 052014

Crown Victoria

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that when attempting to turn the steering wheel, the steering shaft became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Plymouth , MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 112013

Crown Victoria

  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the steering shaft was corroded. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- North Valley, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 173,000 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. The problem has been corrected, but possibly only temporarily if the shaft actually needs to be replaced like on the 2005-2011 vehicles. I report this to show that the problem may be larger than only within the selected range of vehicles.

- Gillette, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 252013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the steering shaft would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000.

- Oak Ridge , NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 112013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the steering shaft was corroded and would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

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