NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Control Arm: Lower Ball Joint Problems

2001 Lincoln LS (Page 3 of 4)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
70,499 miles

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2001 Lincoln LS suspension problems

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2001 Lincoln LS Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

Jan 062007

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,500 miles


- the contact owns a 2001 Lincoln Ls. While driving at approximately 2 mph the wheel caved in. The car was towed to the dealer and repaired. The mechanic state the failure was due to the lower ball joints, and provided the contact with a copy of recall #00V359001. The contact called Ford, who stated the recall was not related to this vehicle. The contact felt Ford wasn't accepting responsibility for the incident. The contact will further investigate, and was concerned about the safety risk involved as the incident could have been devastating if it had occurred while driving at at a much faster speed. Updated 03/30/07.

- Berwin , IL, USA

problem #26

Dec 092006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
2001 Lincoln Ls V8...loose ball joints causing major driving problems. First complaint in Nov. When the car appeared to be driving on ice...I couldn't control the steering. When took to get checked out, rep stated right front wheel was about to fall off. Found it to be a loose ball joint. Tightened, and then 2 weeks later, the problem was back...worse...this time, both right and left ball joints were tightened, and this lasted til I drove the car home. Said they needed to be replaced. A big expense on my part...not to mention the replacement of brakes, rotors, and tires. At this point, I have very little confidence in driving my children in this car.

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #25

Dec 122006

LS 8-cyl

  • miles
Car pulls and weaves. Took car to an independent shop. They indicated right lower ball joint/control arm broken. Ruined front tires ($177 each - less than 2000 miles on them). Found NHTSA recall info. Talked to local dealer and Ford corporate. Both assert that my VIN is not part of recall 00V359001. I'm paying independent shop to repair (and keeping old parts and receipts in the event Lincoln confess to their problem.)

- Rexford, NY, USA

problem #24

Oct 012006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle's front lower ball joints were defective. Every time the vehicle hits a bump there was a popping sound. The non service dealer expressed the wheels could fall off. The vehicle was not included in the lower ball joint recall #00V359001 due to the VIN.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 102006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's steering made sounds from underneath the vehicle. A non-service dealer confirmed the lower ball joints and control arm needed to be replaced. The contact notified a service dealer, who determined the vehicle was not included in recall #00V359001 regarding suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint due to the VIN.

- Boise, ID, USA

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problem #22

Sep 152006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,400 miles
Lower ball joint failure. I believe my left ball joint has worn out due to inadequate torque of the lower ball stud-attaching nuts. I contacted my local dealership and was told they would replace the ball joint, but not under safety recall 00S39.

- Camby, IN, USA

problem #21

Jul 092006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


: the contact stated that while driving at 10mph, the bolt on the lower ball joint sheared off, causing a loss of control of the vehicle. The front left tire hit the fender, and also damaged the door. The incident was reported to the police, however there was no official report filed. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the dealer could not determine the cause of the problem.

- Huron, SD, USA

problem #20

May 052006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
I was traveling at 70 mph when my front lower ball joint came apart tearing my cars fender off and ruining my tire and wheel. I could have been killed.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #19

Apr 242006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Took car to shop thinking I had an alignment issue, the issue is the lower ball joint nut was almost off and caused much damage to my vehicle, dented rim, alignment, hole in splash shield, wore the rotor, etc.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 302006

LS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speed the front end of the vehicle shakes and vibrates. There is a NHTSA recall, # 00V359001, regarding the front control arm: Lower ball joint. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #17

Jan 232006

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


: the contact stated after driving over a bump, the vehicle has been hard to control. There is a NHTSA recall, # 00V359001, regarding the lower ball joint. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Grover, NC, USA

problem #16

Nov 112005

LS 8-cyl

  • 3,113 miles
The Lincoln Ls was purchased July 1, 2001. First incident happened in Sept. 2005. We were traveling back from Colorado when we noticed that the car was floating. We made it back to Arizona and took the car to our service company. They found that the under-torque condition loosened the lower ball joint lock nut. They tightened and repaired. At that time we extensive wear on our new front tires that had less than 12000 miles on them. On Nov. 11, 2005 I was driving, the lower left ball joint completely severed from the car making the wheel turned to a horizontal position (sideways) denting the left fender and the car dragged to a stop. We then found out that there had been a recall on the this particular model produced at the Wixom assembly plant because of the problems I listed. We have a total bill of $1,421.69 to fix this problem, also the purchase of two tires with less than 12000 miles. The damage to the tires was caused by the floating and the lack of steering control. We, however, did not get a recall letter because the window for recalls had closed, but the problems we experienced are identical to the recall letter. We have contacted the Lincoln and they say that there is nothing they can do at their level and they suggested we contact you and the Ford Motor Compny which I did. All to no avail.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #15

Nov 242005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 00V359001 concerning the lower ball joint. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but nit is not included in the recall due to VIN. There has been a temporary repair made at the contact's expense.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 012005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 00V359001 concerning the front suspension:control arm: Lower ball joint. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but it is not included in the recall due to VIN. Updated 01/04/06.

- Silver Lake, IN, USA

problem #13

Nov 172005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Lincoln issued a recall on some (80,000) 2001 Lincoln Ls vehicles, for the lower ball joint assembly that if not tightened to specifications it could possibly cause a crash. My vehicle a 2001 Lincoln Ls was not part of this recall issued. Two mechanic's from neil Lincoln dealership service dept. & another mechanic both told me that this is the same problem that was issued under a recall from Lincoln for the 2001 Ls. After contacting Ford/Lincoln & reporting the problem they told they could not look into possibly issuing another recall or changing to include any additional vehicles. I am hoping that possibly you can help me! thank you!

- West Islip, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 152005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,900 miles
Driving to drango Colorado when the car started to weave from side to side of the road. Took the car to aspen auto doctor auto repair shop, was told that my the ball joint had came loose from the control arm.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #11

Sep 262005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Lincoln Ls has bad ball joints and found out there has been a recall on certain VIN #S but they say not mine.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #10

Aug 032005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Asked the Lincoln dealership to check the rotors because when the brakes are pressed there is a pulling back on the car. They diagnosed it to be a defect in the front suspension lower ball joints. I saw that the same model/year had a recall on the front suspension lower ball joints and feel that there must be the same problem in my vehicle (website found recall on - auto-recalls.justia.com) they also found that the airbag modules were not working properly. For a car so young in mileage and not used so often there should not be such big problems with it.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #9

Jan 262005

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 00V359000; Ford issued a front lower ball joint recall. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN, but had the lower ball joints making a clicking noise, and was informed by a mechanic that the wheels could fall off.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 202004

LS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph consumer heard a loud squeaking noise coming from the front. Vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. It was taken to a body shop for inspection, and mechanic determined that both frontal lower ball joints needed to be replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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