Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
04160111/14/20050522810018745Wds cop kit diagnostic tip - coil on plug (cop) ignition systems - engine misfire or rough running. *tt01/12/2006
022202/04/2002630628Some vehicles may exhibit an intake manifold crossover (first runner) coolant seepage condition. *tt04/19/2002
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
0721210/01/200710023943Some 1997-2008 vehicles equipped with a 4.6l 2v, 5.4l 2v, or 6.8l 2v engine--spark plug thread repair procedure--not covered under new vehicle limited warranty. *nj this includes f-53 motorhome chassis. updated 2/23/10. *pe02/20/2008
1482104/01/2001619315Some vehicles equipped with 4.6l romeo engine may exhibit an oil leak from the cylinder head gasket area. *tt05/23/2001
1486404/01/2001619335Subject regarding certain vehicles with 4.6l romeo engines exhibiting an oil leak from the cylinder head gasket area. *tt05/23/2001
0021410/16/2000618547Information regarding revised engine mounts for severe duty vehicles. *jb04/16/2001
011101/22/2001618063On some vehicles, the engine mounts may not exhibit satisfactory durability under severe operating conditions that may be encountered by police, taxi or limo / livery vehicles such as extended idling at high ambient temperatures. *04/03/2001
987404/13/1998601343A new silicone gasket and sealant. *yc07/24/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
0124612/10/2001630515Engine oil system priming procedures, service tips for reports of premature engine failure. *tt04/18/2002
021401/21/2002630001Some engine assemblies with aluminum cylinder heads repaired in-vehile have been found to leak coolant and/or oil from the cylinder head gasket area. *tt04/11/2002
0120510/15/2001627927Some vehicles may exhibit vacuum or air leaks in the intake manifold and / or engine system causing diagnostic trouble codes p0171 and or p0174. *tt02/26/2002
01211010/29/2001627768Some vehicles equipped with the romeo built 4.6l 2v engine may exhibit an engine oil leak or oil weepage from the cylinder head gasket at the right hand rear or the left hand front of the engine. *tt02/22/2002
1515808/01/2001624571Some vehicles may exhibit a fead belt jump-off toss. *yh11/07/2001
014703/05/2001619424Subject regarding engine oil recommendations for use in 2001 vehicles - sae 5w-20 motor oil. *tt05/30/2001
719410/01/19996092086Subject regarding ford quality renewal (fqr) assembly launch of 4.6l 2v engine. *tt11/24/2000
1153004/01/1998613794When diagnosing crank / no start on certain vehicles equipped with passive anti-theft (pats) check the customers key ring for any magnetic objects like the mobile speedpass key which may affect the signal transmission between the pats key a08/03/2000
1217411/01/1998613224Some vehicles may exhibit a hard start/long crank, cold start stall, cold rough idle concern. *mjs06/19/2000
98502111/01/1998613047Some vehicles with calibrations of 8-18j and 8-18e (all r levels) may exhibit a concern of spark knock / ping / detonation under acceleratioin at low engine speeds when the engine is at normal operating temperature. *tt06/16/2000
981125601/01/1998607861Experiencing a high pitched whistle noise from engine compartmant at idle. *tt10/14/1999
98329102/05/1998607453Experiencing a high pitched whistle noise from the engine compartment at idle. *tt09/23/1999
9981605/03/1999606420Ford motor company now recommends sae 5w-30 viscosity grade for servicing any ford gasoline-powered vehicle regardless of model year. *tt08/19/1999
994703/08/1999604763Engine experiencing roughness at idle due to exhaust system resonance. *tt05/12/1999
98274304/01/1998603596Some vehicles may exhibit an intermittent stall at stops. *yc02/25/1999
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
1177408/01/1998615274Some vehicles may exhibit a rattle noise from the exhaust system nvh damper on the left hand damper only. *tt01/10/2001
471508/01/1998615254Some vehicles may exhibit a customer concern of loud ping / crackle from the exhaust system during cool down. *tt01/10/2001
465608/01/1998615192Some vehicles may exhibit a rattle noise from exhaust system nvh damper on the left hand damper only. *tt01/03/2001
672808/01/1999608448Some vehicles may exhibit a bang popping noise heard from the exhaust system during cool-down. *tt11/03/2000
830004/01/2000613634Some vehicles may exhibit a bang / popping noise heard from the exhaust system during cool-down. **mr07/26/2000
98509011/01/1998613219Some vehicles may exhibit a customer concern of loud ping / crackle from exhaust system during cool down. *tt06/19/2000
830003/01/2000612724Some vehicles may exibit a bang popping noise heard from the exhaust system during cool-down. *tt06/12/2000
1302507/01/1999610768Some vehicles may exhibit a bang popping noise heard from the exhaust system during cool-down. *tt05/12/2000
98201010/12/1998603695Experiencing a buzzing or rattling noise from the exhaust system. *yc03/02/1999
98267604/01/1998603574Some vehicles may exhibit a customer concern of loud ping / crackle from exhaust system during cool down. *yc02/25/1999
986403/30/1998601312Information on a buzzing or rattle noise from the exhaust system. *tt07/21/1998
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL
98231011/23/1998603724Mass air flow (maf)- sensor contamination- service tip. *ak03/03/1999
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
05N0412/14/200510018959Extended coverage program 05n04 - extended coverage for composite intake manifold. this program is being provided as a settlement to a class action lawsuit. the terms of the settlement extend the coverage of the all-composite intake manif01/25/2006

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
DP05005FORD MOTOR COMPANY09/22/200501/04/2006SPARK PLUG EJECTION FROM CYLINDER HEAD
 On september 6, 2005, odi received a petition requesting that the agency investigate allegations of engine spark plug ejection in certain model year 1997 through 2004 ford vehicles with triton v-8 and v-10 engines.odi received a total of 474 non-duplicative complaints on the subject vehicles where the complainant, or the dealer repairing the vehicle, reported that a spark plug detached from the cylinder and/or ejected from the engine.as of december 8, 2005, odi is not aware of any allegations where the alleged defect resulted in a loss of vehicle control, a crash, an injury, or a fatality in any of the 10,319,810 subject vehicles.in addition, odi is aware of only two incidents where the vehicle stalled without restart.information contained in the odi consumer complaints and obtained from 72 telephone interviews with complainants showed the following:(1) 99% of the complaints were on my 1997 to 2002 subject vehicles.(2) most the complainants reported hearing a loud pop while driving or upon starting up the vehicle followed by a loud, repetitive clicking or popping sound.(3) many of the complainants reported that the popping sound was accompanied by some loss of vehicle power; however, in 99% of the incidents reported, the vehicle did not stall.in the very few incidents where the vehicle did stall, most vehicles could be restarted.(4) only a small percentage of the complainants cited that they smelled gas or a slight burning smell when the incident occurred.(5) in all but a very few incidents, vehicle damage was limited to the engine.in one incident, the complaint reported that the fuel rail was damaged and replaced after one of the spark plugs ejected from the engine; however, the complainant reported that the damage did not result in any type of fuel leak or fire.in another incident, the only incident where a fire was alleged, the complainant reported that no fluid leak was observed, but that a fire resulted after the spark plug had ejected from the engine and he had restarted the vehicle and driven to another location.none of the complainants reported any damage to the vehicle hood.(6) only two complainants reported that they observed what appeared to be some drops of fuel coming from the cylinder where the spark plug had failed or on the spark plug itself; however, each of these complainants reported that there was no smoke or flames as a result of his incident.as the petitioner noted, and odi
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
DP05005FORD MOTOR COMPANY09/22/200501/04/2006SPARK PLUG EJECTION FROM CYLINDER HEAD
 On september 6, 2005, odi received a petition requesting that the agency investigate allegations of engine spark plug ejection in certain model year 1997 through 2004 ford vehicles with triton v-8 and v-10 engines.odi received a total of 474 non-duplicative complaints on the subject vehicles where the complainant, or the dealer repairing the vehicle, reported that a spark plug detached from the cylinder and/or ejected from the engine.as of december 8, 2005, odi is not aware of any allegations where the alleged defect resulted in a loss of vehicle control, a crash, an injury, or a fatality in any of the 10,319,810 subject vehicles.in addition, odi is aware of only two incidents where the vehicle stalled without restart.information contained in the odi consumer complaints and obtained from 72 telephone interviews with complainants showed the following:(1) 99% of the complaints were on my 1997 to 2002 subject vehicles.(2) most the complainants reported hearing a loud pop while driving or upon starting up the vehicle followed by a loud, repetitive clicking or popping sound.(3) many of the complainants reported that the popping sound was accompanied by some loss of vehicle power; however, in 99% of the incidents reported, the vehicle did not stall.in the very few incidents where the vehicle did stall, most vehicles could be restarted.(4) only a small percentage of the complainants cited that they smelled gas or a slight burning smell when the incident occurred.(5) in all but a very few incidents, vehicle damage was limited to the engine.in one incident, the complaint reported that the fuel rail was damaged and replaced after one of the spark plugs ejected from the engine; however, the complainant reported that the damage did not result in any type of fuel leak or fire.in another incident, the only incident where a fire was alleged, the complainant reported that no fluid leak was observed, but that a fire resulted after the spark plug had ejected from the engine and he had restarted the vehicle and driven to another location.none of the complainants reported any damage to the vehicle hood.(6) only two complainants reported that they observed what appeared to be some drops of fuel coming from the cylinder where the spark plug had failed or on the spark plug itself; however, each of these complainants reported that there was no smoke or flames as a result of his incident.as the petitioner noted, and odi
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
DP05005FORD MOTOR COMPANY09/22/200501/04/2006SPARK PLUG EJECTION FROM CYLINDER HEAD
 On september 6, 2005, odi received a petition requesting that the agency investigate allegations of engine spark plug ejection in certain model year 1997 through 2004 ford vehicles with triton v-8 and v-10 engines.odi received a total of 474 non-duplicative complaints on the subject vehicles where the complainant, or the dealer repairing the vehicle, reported that a spark plug detached from the cylinder and/or ejected from the engine.as of december 8, 2005, odi is not aware of any allegations where the alleged defect resulted in a loss of vehicle control, a crash, an injury, or a fatality in any of the 10,319,810 subject vehicles.in addition, odi is aware of only two incidents where the vehicle stalled without restart.information contained in the odi consumer complaints and obtained from 72 telephone interviews with complainants showed the following:(1) 99% of the complaints were on my 1997 to 2002 subject vehicles.(2) most the complainants reported hearing a loud pop while driving or upon starting up the vehicle followed by a loud, repetitive clicking or popping sound.(3) many of the complainants reported that the popping sound was accompanied by some loss of vehicle power; however, in 99% of the incidents reported, the vehicle did not stall.in the very few incidents where the vehicle did stall, most vehicles could be restarted.(4) only a small percentage of the complainants cited that they smelled gas or a slight burning smell when the incident occurred.(5) in all but a very few incidents, vehicle damage was limited to the engine.in one incident, the complaint reported that the fuel rail was damaged and replaced after one of the spark plugs ejected from the engine; however, the complainant reported that the damage did not result in any type of fuel leak or fire.in another incident, the only incident where a fire was alleged, the complainant reported that no fluid leak was observed, but that a fire resulted after the spark plug had ejected from the engine and he had restarted the vehicle and driven to another location.none of the complainants reported any damage to the vehicle hood.(6) only two complainants reported that they observed what appeared to be some drops of fuel coming from the cylinder where the spark plug had failed or on the spark plug itself; however, each of these complainants reported that there was no smoke or flames as a result of his incident.as the petitioner noted, and odi

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
12/01/201073000
 Failure of the plastic intake manifold system. loss of coolant, engine overheated, loss of power and control in heavy traffic presented a serious safety hazard. engine intake manifold system is a design flaw and subject of an earlier recall by manufacturer.
11/10/201090000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle over heated and the manifold cracked. the vehicle was towed to his residence. the vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for the failure. he called the manufacture and was advised he would have to pay for the repairs. he referenced an unknown manufacturer's recall. the vehicle was purchased used in 2007. the vehicle had been over heating since he purchased the vehicle. the failure and current mileage were approximately 90,000. vwb
11/10/201090000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle over heated and the manifold cracked. the vehicle was towed to his residence. the vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for the failure. he called the manufacture and was advised he would have to pay for the repairs. he referenced an unknown manufacturer's recall. the vehicle was purchased used in 2007. the vehicle had been over heating since he purchased the vehicle. the failure and current mileage were approximately 90,000. vwb
11/10/201090000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle over heated and the manifold cracked. the vehicle was towed to his residence. the vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for the failure. he called the manufacture and was advised he would have to pay for the repairs. he referenced an unknown manufacturer's recall. the vehicle was purchased used in 2007. the vehicle had been over heating since he purchased the vehicle. the failure and current mileage were approximately 90,000. vwb
11/10/201090000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle over heated and the manifold cracked. the vehicle was towed to his residence. the vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for the failure. he called the manufacture and was advised he would have to pay for the repairs. he referenced an unknown manufacturer's recall. the vehicle was purchased used in 2007. the vehicle had been over heating since he purchased the vehicle. the failure and current mileage were approximately 90,000. vwb
01/12/2009640001
 I took my 1998 lincoln to a dealership for diagnosis of engine noise and it was determined the intake manifold was cracked causing loss of coolant and collateral damage costing $1400.00. the dealer advised this was a recall item but expired in 2005. customer service for ford would not grant any concessions and being on a fixed income, i'm looking for some financial relief. i had been to the dealers in the past for service and never once did they mention a recall, even prior the expiration date. i never recalled a notice possibly buying the car in 2000 but you would think the dealership computers would alert to the recall. your assistance would be much appreciated. *tr
02/27/2008160001
 Tl*the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. the contact noticed fluid leaking from her vehicle. she took the vehicle to a local mechanic and they stated that the thermostat failed. repairs were made, but the failure recurred. the contact took the vehicle to another mechanic, but no repairs were made. she began looking for assistance with having her vehicle repaired. unfortunately, the dealer was also unable to provide the assistance she needed. the failure mileage was unknown. updated 7/3/08 *cn the consumer stated the intake manifold was cracked. updated 07/03/08.
03/02/2008112/06/2006
 Tl*the contact owns a 1998 lincoln town car. the contact attempted to start the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. the engine turned over, but the vehicle would not actually start. a mechanic inspected the vehicle and a loud boom occurred as soon as the vehicle was started. there was smoke and loud noises coming from the engine. the powertrain and mileages were unknown.
02/15/2008111000107/26/2004
 1998 lincoln town car caught fire. electrical fire in engine compartment drivers side. car burnt to ground, fire dept. put out fire. *tr
07/10/2006717351
 Dt*: the contact stated, while driving 45 mph., on a clear dry day, there was a sound heard resembling the sound of a tire blow out. the vehicle was stopped and the tires were checked for a flat. when no flat tire was found, the vehicle was immediately driven to a near-by service station. on the way to the station, a recurring hissing sound was heard. the vehicle was then towed to an independent service mechanic, where it was determined the spark plug was blow out of its threading from #8 cylinder and the spark plug from #7 cylinder was also damaged. the heads were sent out to be drilled and rethreaded.
02/09/200495000107/30/2000
 While the consumer was driving at an undetermined speed, the vehicle stalled. the consumer had the vehicle towed to a dealership and the mechanic determined the problem was due to engine failure. *ak about an inch away on the wheel well, there was a 1/4 hole which allowed saltwater from the left front tire to be sprayed up and caused corrosion to accumulate in the fuse box. *sc *jb
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
04/05/2008137000103/15/2007
 Plastic manifold leaking and over heating engine. *tr
06/18/2004879861
 Independent mechanic determined that the intake manifold cracked, and coolant spilled inside the engine, technician indicated the need to be replace the intake manifold at consumer's expense of $967.40. *ak the consumer had an extended warranty but the technician informed the consumer that the warranty was no longer valid because the company was out of business. the consumer had the manifold replaced at a service station. *nm
01/01/200148000505/01/1998
 1) leak from manifold, involved replacing whole manifold. 2) paint peeling from bumpers. 3) air conditioner blower motor failure. 4) special switch device located under dashboard that controls cooling/heating for the vents in the dashboard failure. 5) generator warning lamp failure.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - FAN
08/08/20061
 The fan blew only hot air, and it did it all the time without stopping, whether it was on or off. there was no way to stop the hot air from blowing right out. the ford dealership looked at the vehicle for $100, and said that the blend-door was stuck on heat, and that it would cost me another $1600 to get it fixed. the motor wasn't even broken, and it was that expensive. they said they would have to take the dashboard apart to get to the plastic plenum, which they would replace with another plastic breakable plenum.*ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
03/20/20091027831
 1998 lincoln towncar plastic intake leakage problems from cracks that originated from oem faulty design. i would like to state, ford and/or his legal distributor did not disclose that the design of the plastic intake manifold was defective and did not contact me thereafter in regard to this matter when and after i purchased said vehicle. if ford's legal distributor had disclosed the defective design i would not have bought the vehicle. the cost for the repair and the possibility of engine damage is enormous. ford should be held liable for neglect to disclose this information for buyer's of this vehicles. *tr
02/07/200644000109/01/2003
 Dt*: the contact stated several times in the last two months, the vehicle will start, but not go anywhere when put in gear. the vehicle will then stall; it will restart and go after waiting 20 minutes. the dealership is unable to diagnose a problem. also, the driver side window works intermittently. the dealership has not inspected the vehicle for this problem.
980001
 The vehicle stalled without warning. *jb
01/19/20038900010/02/1999
 I have a 1998 lincoln towncar. on january 11th, my car was being serviced for an oil change. the mechanic notified me that the headgasket was leaking at the 4th cylander and advised me to take it to the dealer. the dealer charged me $300.00 and stated in writing that nothing was wrong with the head gasket. on january 19, my car stopped running and i had to have it towed to the dealer. the next day i was notified that it was my headgasket and they overlooked the leak at the exact location i told them based on my mechanics advise. now they want an additional $1200.00 to fix the problem. my mechanic advised me that this is a common problem for this vehicle and to file a complaint against the dealer. my concern is now the engine may have been damaged by the lack of proper attention by the dealer.
07/29/1998
 Car was driven at various speeds and the vehicle just cut off. it was easily started right back up, and the dealer was contacted two times and cannot duplicate the problem. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
04/10/200556087109/06/1998
 Complete engine failure. 1998 linclon purchased 9/6/98. original owner and car is maintained at dealership at approx 3500 miles. full complement of oil at time of incident. 56087 miles. fv826006arm 4.6l . 1lnfm83wiwy718403. engine was replaced. *jb
11/15/2004102000101/02/2002
 Plastic intake manifold on 1998 lincoln town car with ford 4.6 liter v-8 engine cracked causing loss of coolant. the car has 102,000 miles on it. so far, repair costs have come to $1250.00. the leak also damaged the alternator which will cost an additional $400 to replace. the manifold was replaced at my cost by a local repair shop. the part was not saved. *jb
12/03/20001
 Going up hill in 2 inches of snow, vehicle started slipping, traction control motor made noise. consumer applied gas pedal and engine would not rev up. as stated in owners manual. engine stalled. *ak when the traction control came on, the vehicle could only go 32 mph, and when accelerator was let off, the engine cut off. *yh
7
 Engine cuts out, track active light comes on, no response to accelerator until car has coasted below 25 mph -- caused by replacement michelin tires being 1.5 larger than original michelin tires
1
 Possible engine failure caused leakage. yh
 While driving vehicle would not exceed the 10mph mark, even in open road situations. dealer has been contacted. *ak
12/15/1997
 When coming from a secondary highway to a main highway, if there is a little gravel and the traction engages the engine dies. the dealer is not able to correct the problem. *ak
03/26/19981
 Parked vehicle at shopping mall, abot 30 minutes later vehicle would not start. after several attempts to start driver decided to wait a few minutes to allow possible careburetor floodinh to return to normal. waited five minutes before attempring to start. this time vehicle started. a few days later while driving into parking area discovered steering wheel would not respond to turning. put gear shift into neutral and attempted to restart. vehicle restarted. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
09/07/2004730001
 During rainy weather, the serpentine belt fell off the engine. this caused the vehicle to stall. *jb
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
03/07/200614200002/14/1999
 Dt*: the contact stated that the vehicle's interior had an antifreeze odor. there were also puddles of antifreeze in the driveway. the vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who determined that the intake manifold was slowly leaking antifreeze. there were no repairs immediately performed.
04/06/2006162000203/15/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the vehicle began running rough and misfired. the vehicle was taken to the dealership on two occasions. on the first visit, the dealer changed the #4 coil. after the second incident the dealer determined the intake manifold was cracked which was leaking antifreeze. the spark plugs were clean and the contact was directed to have the intake manifold replaced. the dealer informed the contact that the intake manifold on this vehicle is made of plastic. the intake manifold for the model of this vehicle is no longer produced in plastic.
02/16/200683532105/01/2004
 Cracked intake manifold-my car overheated and died. it needs repair that is estimated to cost a lot of money that i do not have!!! *jb
02/15/2006133000110/16/2005
 Dt*: the contact stated when the hood was opened, there was water leaking from the intake manifold. the dealership determined the intake manifold needs to be replaced. updated 03/09/06
02/06/2006125000105/01/2000
 Dt*: the contact stated the vehicle was running hot, at 45 mph, and then stalled. the vehicle was towed to a dealership, where it was determined the intake manifold was leaking and needed to be replaced. the contact temporarily fixed the vehicle with adhesive, but it is leaking again.