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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,403 miles

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2005 Ford Crown Victoria lights problems

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2005 Ford Crown Victoria Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #66

Apr 262016

Crown Victoria

  • 8,000 miles


While driveing at night my headlights went out I had to use ermergency flashers to safely see the road and to stop my car, .after a while my headlights came back on. I was on the highway at the time. I had the car inspected and was informed that the car had a defective light control module.I was also told the lcm controled all the lights on the car.I took the car to a Ford dealer in olathe ks and was told the module was a recall item for that son left the car there to be repaired, when the the car was ready my son had to pay $170 for for Ford to replace 2 fuses to restore taillights the bad module had blown.paid the bill took car home, 2 days later taillights, turn sig and brake lights stopped working again. I returned the the car to Ford to be repaired, the next day I was informed that fuse F23 was missing and when it was replaced it restored service to my lights. Fuse F23 has no bearing on taillights turnsignal or stop lights.turn signals, brakelights are on different circuits and cannot be protected by the same fuse.also Ford is using the excuse that the recall only covers the headlight failure, it is my position that Ford is responsbile for the module and the related repairs ie fuse replacement. It is obvious the tech failed to properly install the the plug into the module causing the tail, turn, and stop lights to fail after 2 days. And to add insult to injury I was charged another $59.09 for a fuse that had nothing to do with the problem. My daughter in law and wife both recieved tickets for driving with defective equipment.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #65

Oct 012010

Crown Victoria

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. While driving 75 mph, the headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the lighting control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V861000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Earl, NC, USA

problem #64

Apr 062015

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the headlights turned off without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was informed that the control module for the headlights needed to be replaced and it was not covered. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 6/3/15

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #63

Jun 082014

Crown Victoria

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the headlight went out without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to dealer, where it was diagnosed that the light module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Millen, GA, USA

problem #62

Aug 282014

Crown Victoria

  • 81,000 miles
Lighting control module is under Ford factory recall ! since 08/2014 I have many instances were it gets hot and shuts the headlites off. I have contacted power Ford in person when this first occurred. I have contacted Ford recall numerous times. I made contact with a person named [xxx] @ Ford recall. Phone # 866-631-3788 ext #[xxx]. he contacted a service mgr named [xxx] @ power Ford and sent him a E-mail to authorize after market parts to resolve this safety issue. I believe that was app in Oct/2014.I have contacted [xxx] @ Ford again. To get the same results! I drive early in the am. And return in pm! this is in the dark! this is impacting my safety as well as others.this has been going on for 5 months.when the lcm gets hot my headlites shut off. When this happens I must shut vehicle off for 3/4 to 1 hour. I have also had to drive while holding the bright lites on manually, while finding a safe place to pull off! I would appreciate any help you could assist me with. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #61

Sep 042013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Lights failed when driving down dark freeway, nearly drove off road, stopped car, heard click and lights came back on, but a few minutes later, went off again. As I drive down the road I hear a click and then they come back on, but more minutes they go off again, continual intermittent on/off. This occurs when the lights are in headlamp setting, or autolamp control, lights don't work when in this condition in high beams. Fortunately they are working when held toward steering wheel in flash-to-pass, so have been holding the lights on this way for months. From what I've read, this is an ongoing continual problem with this vehicle. I'm surprised there have been no reports of accidents or death, but it's a hard issue to identify as it's inconsistent, and if someone was reported as 'loosing control of their vehicle', it could be loss of lights causing them to run off the road. Read how to do a quick resolution by kicking the lcm under the dash, which sometimes does cause the lights to come back on. Also, have seen a youtube video from a mechanic that shows how to solder on new relays to the computer panel, which fixes the issue for $15, which I've considered doing myself as a replacement unit is upwards of $400. This needs to be a recall issue!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #60

Aug 232014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 140,895 miles


While driving home from a wedding reception at 10:00 pm lights suddenly went out. Pulled over to side of road and tried all modes of lights operation (automatic, parking and regular lighting mode). Trying dims and high beams both. Finally got lights to work if I held dimmer switch in pulled position until reaching home. Looking on internet found out that this is an ongoing problem with crown vics. Failure in lighting control module. Still need some sort of repair.

- Dansville , MI, USA

problem #59

May 152014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Several times I have been driving at night and my head lights will shut off. The occurrences have been at different speeds anywhere from 30 M/hr to 70 M/hr. They have always come back on but I have had to wait anywhere from one minute to an hour before they would come back on. Normally I try to switch the lights on and off several times for them to come back on. Sometimes I would have to pull the car over put in park turn car over mess with light switch for them to come on.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #58

Jul 012014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Headlights went out when driving on the highway. Is Ford turning into GM.

- Moravia, NY, USA

problem #57

Jul 112013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the vehicle head lights failed to turn on. The contact had to turn the switch on and off several times before the head lights activated. The contact turned on the emergency flashers and the vehicle resumed its normal operation nearly fifteen minutes later. The failure occurred on three different occasions. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage 128,000. Updated 10/02/14 the consumer stated the dealer was contacted and has not been able to retrieve the necessary part to repair the vehicle. Updated 03/9/15

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #56

May 012014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Ford Crown Victoria. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlight going out while driving at night in the rain.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #55

Mar 282014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 25,344 miles
I was driving down hwy 39/ franklin street in village of linden it was dark out. My headlights went out. Then would not come back on. My tail lights and turn signals still were on. Then after about 2-3 minutes headlights came back on then went stopped working again. Was going 30mph and a car was coming towards me this could of caused a crash. In researching this problem this is a know problem for 2005 Ford crown vic this is a police car yet no recall has been issued.

- Linden, WI, USA

problem #54

Mar 062014

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
I was driving at night and a car hit me in the rear. The other driver said he didn't see me since I did not have my lights on. I showed him that they were on but yet the tail lights were not. When I had a shop check for the problem, they said the fuses, bulbs and relays were fine. They said the problem is a common problem with this model and it is a lighting control module which costs over $500.they said Ford has known about the problem but still has not recalled the item. When I searched on the internet, I find a ton of people reporting this problem. This could have easily caused serious injury and/or death to all involved. I am shocked at Ford.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #53

Jan 102014

Crown Victoria

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the front headlights intermittently failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 65000.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #52

Dec 112012

Crown Victoria

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that the headlights would independently and sporadically deactivate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Marshall, NC, USA

problem #51

Jul 182012

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The headlights on this car quit working as they should. The lights come on and then go off within 30 seconds. Usage of emergency bright light on signal lever is a must for headlights. Cannot use dim lights at all. I feel that this is a recall situation as I have heard there are other cars of this make and model affected. We should not have to pay to have this repaired as it is a safety issue.

- Ellisville, MS, USA

problem #50

Jan 092013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and after completing a left turn, the steering wheel seized without warning. In addition, the contact stated that low beam headlights intermittently failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the exhaust manifold heat shield and the light control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 60,000...updated 05/20/14 the consumer stated the steering wheel did not seize. It became difficult to turn when going around corners. Updated 05/28/2014

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #49

Aug 072013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 36,400 miles
When exiting a local restaurant just as it was getting dark we found that the headlights would not go on either in manual or automatic mode. The only way we were able to see to get home, about ten miles on the highway, was to lift up the light lever and hold it up for high beams. If we released the lever it went totally dark. Our local Ford dealer found a failed light control processor to be the cause, and replaced same. This was an expensive part and with labor cost over $500. We felt that we were fortunate that the problem did not occur while we were on the highway.

- Mckinleyville, CA, USA

problem #48

Sep 052013

Crown Victoria

  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the headlights failed. The vehicle was diagnosed by a member of the family as having a faulty lighting control module. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 147,000.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #47

Jun 132013

Crown Victoria 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Headlights go out without any warning. Ford says no issues with this although it was written up in newspapers. They will not fix this very dangerous and expensive problem. The problem apparently comes from bad welding in the lcm (light control module) but its scary to be driving on highway and then have no lights.

- Elburn, IL, USA

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