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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,852 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Lincoln Town Car wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Lincoln Town Car Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 222014

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 153,000 miles


While traveling in traffic southbound on I-95 @ 75 mph in palm beach county there was a shift of the right rear to the right. I adjusted to maintain control presuming possible high winds on the road. Upon accelerating there was no power, therefore I applied brakes to coast to the right shoulder and put the car in park (automobile was still moving until it came to a complete stop). Looking around the vehicle, everything seemed normal; no leakage of liquids/fluids, no skid marks, no foreign debris, etc. While auto was being put upon the flat bed for tow, there was a cylinder-shaped piece located on the ground near the tow truck. I noticed the item, but didn't think much of it at the time. After the car was towed to my residence 40 miles away from the incident and before being released from flat bed tow truck; the right rear wheel/tire was projecting about 45 degrees out from rear fender weld. The car had to be jacked up and the wheel/tire had to be held in place by hand and rotated slowly off the ramp. Upon further investigation, it is noticed that only the top portion of the brake calipher assembly was holding the wheel all along. The jack had to be left in place because the wheel/tire was not stable. Also, grease was spread throughout the interior wheel; 3 wheel bearings seemed missing, the axle was completely disengaged (clean-cut through) from the portion of the wheel/tire assembly, including the wheel break cylinder and the other portion of the axel was lodged in the axle/differential housing unit. The area around the ring shelve had a rust-like color (therefore, assuming that a high degree of heat was a factor in the structural/material breakdown), portions of the wheel were magnetized with metal shavings within grease upon the wheel drum housing; broken/crushed bearings parts and the axel completely cut off at the wheel assembly area. Mechanics were puzzled.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 052013

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, the windshield wiper failed and detached from the vehicle. The contact also noticed the front driver side wheel was missing two lug nuts. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Monticello, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 082008

Town Car 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Lincoln Town car. The contact stated that after having a flat tire repaired, a few days later the tire became flat again. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and they advised him that the wheel may have corroded around the bead part of the wheel. The failure mileage was approximately 56,400. Updated 5/2/11 updated 07/01/11

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 282010

Town Car

  • 80,000 miles


Wheels corroding causing tire to deflate.

- Hebron, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 272010

Town Car

  • 98,709 miles
2004 Lincoln Town car purchased new from dealer with defective wheel bearings. When we purchased the car it had loud cabin noise, the dealer informed us that the outside noise was caused by the rear window and a specialist was brought in two days later to align the window. Cabin noise continued until the bearings gave out at 98,709 miles. As per the window that was align, it is now the only window that you can open but not close.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #1

May 082006

Town Car 8-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Defective chromed wheels on the Town car which causes excessive pressure loss. The chrome is flaking at the bead area and is exaggerated by long distance driving. Had to have tires dismounted and re-sealed; left front twice (once by dealer) and right front at sam's club. This started 2 months after purchase. New May 2004 and I have continued to add air during trips.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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