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Ford Recalls Crown Vic Interceptors

September 04, 2013  | 

Massachusetts State Police 2005 Ford CVPI photo via Wikimedia.
Massachusetts State Police 2005 Ford CVPI photo via Wikimedia.
Ford is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors to address a steering failure reported by several law enforcement agencies.

In affected models, severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft, which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate. If the lower bearing separates, the vehicle may experience a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash, according to Ford.

Field reports indicate that many drivers observe a change of steering feel due to corrosion, causing them to seek service prior to any loss of steering function. The company is not aware of any reported accidents or injuries related to the condition.

Ford will notify owners and dealers and will replace the lower intermediate shaft at no charge. The upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion, and repaired or replaced as necessary. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 21. Owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13S08.

Customers located in non-corrosion states who have concerns regarding their steering will have a one-time option to have their vehicles inspected and, if necessary, repaired. Owners of these vehicles should contact Ford directly.

NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation on 2005-2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors in September 2012. At the time, two police agencies publicly announced they were inspecting their Crown Victoria police vehicles about the issue.

The affected vehicles are currently registered or were originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to Ford's report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Approximately 355,000 vehicles, including civilian Crown Vics, Mercury Marquis sedans and Lincoln Town Cars, are potentially affected.

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Comments (11)

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Capt. Crunch @ 9/5/2013 4:13 PM

Police should not be driving a car this old anyway.

Gene @ 11/13/2013 9:58 AM

Would not be a problem..if SERVICE MANAGERS knew their butt from a hole in the ground.. My P7B - 2011 Crown Vic - has severe corrosion of the lower shaft - having been a MASS - PD Vehicle..
A SERVICE Manager said it was OK...??? Moron..incompetent yoyo...
Took to another Dealer.. THEY want it parts are available ??Hmmm.
Really swift folks at FORD ????
Would be nice if they had their stuff together...

Gene @ 11/13/2013 10:07 AM

I have one.....took the Crown Vic P7B to a dealer.. They said it was okay.. Hmmm..
Took it to another dealer...they said as soon as parts come in .. it WILL be replaced. First Service Manager did not know rust from dirt.. Sad....

J.W. @ 1/13/2014 6:48 PM

Took my 06 Town Car into Lincoln dealer for oil change today. I was aware of the recall but waiting for part to come available per the letter. The dealer on South Bend said the tech said he inspected the shaft and it was totally seized. Would not let me take my Town Car with me as it was deem "un-safe" Gave me a free Enterprise rental car per Lincoln. Claimed they are having the part ship over night to the dealership. Thought the parts were not available?

Had it into another Lincoln dealer in 2010 for steering issues, binding up, dealer told me I was crazy, nothing wrong with it.

Now Lincoln is doing a massive recall...I was just crazy!

Negash Girma @ 5/10/2014 4:47 PM

I took my 2008 Ford Crown victoria (Police Intercptor) to Ford dealer service department at 3111 Automotive Bulavard Silver Spring, MD, 20904-9960. They replace the lower intermediate shaft, and they ask me to replace the upper intermediate shaft to replace, I have to pay $572.00. Since it was belived that "The upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion, and repaired or replaced as necessary" Why I'll be charged to replace the upper intermediate shaft, which is unafordable for me. The Ford service department should resolve this problem with no charge, I'll expect their immediate call.

sherry bales @ 7/25/2014 11:34 AM

Anyone having problems with paint issues on 2011 crown vice?

sherry bales @ 7/25/2014 11:35 AM

I had steering shaft replaced still not right.Shame on Ted Russell Ford!

SAM MORRIS @ 10/27/2015 7:52 AM

I am having a leaking gas tank and lines replaced on 10/28/15. Does anyone know of a recall on the 2005 crown victoria police interceptor?

Peter S. @ 12/20/2015 10:21 AM

Bought a 2008 CVPI from an associate, steered hard (he thought it was from accident, you know, car bumps tree). it out and found the received a recall notice (I live in the Salty State of Michigan). They replaced the lower section no problem and said the upper section needed replacement for $$$$. After a few phone calls to and from Ford (since the lower caused the upper section to wear)they gave me a deal and replaced it for $70 out the door, the parts department gave me the classic, "They never do this and this discount is highly unusual...etc."), so I had it done. I feel bad for Negash Girma from Maryland paying full snort on a Ford mess-up, but I am still holding on to my receipt, just in case. Now she (the car) has been driving like a dream this last year. Now I work on a few shorts (probably the DDM and/or harness).

jim @ 11/19/2016 9:29 PM

bought a 2008 interceptor from a dealer how do i know if it was replaced it was an x mass state police unit

Angel Garvin @ 12/27/2016 8:33 AM

I have a 2008 interceptor. Apparently, the firewall flexes so much when it heats and cools that it pulls on the wiring harness and pulls the wires out of the windshield wiper motor. Anyone else have this going on?

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