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Recall data for: 1998 LINCOLN TOWN CAR

NHTSA Campaign Number: 98V322000

Manufacturer Campaign Number: 98S37

Make: LINCOLN

Model: TOWN CAR

Year: 1998

Component:
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Manufacturers Involved: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Begin Date Of Manufacturing: 19960315

End Date Of Manufacturing: 19981218

Recall Type: V

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 175000

Date Owner Notified By Manufacturer: 19990118

Recall Initiator: ODI

Manufacturer Responsible For Recall: Ford Motor Company

Date Report Received By ODI: 19981216

Date Added To File: 19981218

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Defect Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN 1996-1999 FORD CROWN VICTORIA POLICE, FLEET, NATURAL GAS, AND 1996-1999 LINCOLN TOWN CAR LIMOUSINE VEHICLES THAT WERE PRODUCED WITH A LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT CONTAINING A ONE PIECE BEARING; AND 1990-1996 FORD CROWN VICTORIA POLICE, FLEET, AND NGV VEHICLES AND 1990-1996 LINCOLN TOWN CAR LIMOUSINE VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN SERVICED WITH EITHER A BALL JOINT CONTAINING THE ONE-PIECE BEARING OR A FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM CONTAINING A BALL JOINT WITH A ONE-PIECE BEARING. THE ONE-PIECE BEARING WITHIN THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINT CAN WEAKEN SLOWLY DURING USE AND EVENTUALLY CRACK. THIS COULD RESULT IN SEPARATION OF THE BALL AND CAP OF THE JOINT, ALLOWING THE CONTROL ARM TO DROP TO THE GROUND.

Consequence Summary:
IF THIS OCCURS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS MOVING, REDUCED STEERING CONTROL COULD OCCUR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Corrective Action:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL JOINTS (2).