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Lincoln LS General Care & Maintenance

Hi I'm Tom,
I want to jack up my Lincoln LS V8, so I can change the trans filter, and remove the plate cover off the rear end.

The problem is the rear end isn't a convential type rear end in which you can jack up the rear end, with the plate on the center of the differential.
I know you can devise a way to jack it up, but I don't know which contact points to use in order to jack it up from the rear.
Any help?
Also, where's a safe spot to place the stands?
Thanks for your time,


  • tapasintapasin Posts: 12

    Could anyone suggest a maintain manual specific to Lincoln LS, V6 automatic transmission? I want to tune up my car, so I need more information about my car beyond manufacturer manual coming along with the car. People told me to look Chilton's or Hayne's. I did not find any specific to LS. Anyone have luck to get one.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    You can get the ones the mechanics use from Helm but they're expensive. Check Ebay - I picked up one on CDROM for $10. It's not super detailed but it gives you enough to do simple repairs.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    I'll save you some time - there's no need to replace the trans filter. If it's dirty then it's too late. This is straight from a Ford tranny engineer. You just flush the fluid using the cooler lines and a special machine. This method has the benefit of changing 90+% of the fluid whereas dropping the pan only changes about 30%.
  • amilfamilf Posts: 3
    What the best spark plugs for 2000 LS with 115,000 km and when I should change them.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Now and the same ones that came with the car.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    My 4/99 build LS V8 has been flawless for 104,000 miles. However, a week or so ago, it developed a misfire under light load but no "check engine" light. I was suspicious of the COPs so I pulled them all out and visually inspected them. The good news is that the plug sockets were clean with no evidence of valve cover leakage. While I had the COPs out, I went ahead and put in new spark plugs. The misfire remained.

    This morning I had the dealer do a COP stress test and he found 2 bad COPs. He suggested replacing them all but I just had him replace the two and all is well again - runs like a champ. If this ever happens again, I will be tempted to simply replace the remaining 6 myself since it is a fairly easy job and they can be purchased for much less than the dealer charges.

    A question: I know they recommend 100,000 intervals on the spark plugs. I originally replaced the plugs at 58,000 and the gaps measured over .050. Proper spec is .039 - .043. This time they had again eroded to a bit over .050. Has anyone left the original plugs in to over 100K miles? How did they look?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    If you leave them over 100K miles you may not be able to tell what they look like - they'll be welded to the head!

    Seriously though - the few people who've changed them themselves didn't report anything unusual.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    When I changed them the first time about 3 years ago, they came out easily and clearly had anti-seize compound on the threads from the factory. They came out easily this time, too, but I wouldn't go 100K. Based on my gap widths, you would be asking the coils to fire across a pretty wide gap. I think that could cause drivability issues.
  • cwzcwz Posts: 72
    Book says to use 5W-20. Is there any problem using 10W-30 Syn blend? Do not need the thin 5W as not in cold climate being in CA.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    If it's still under warranty you'll need to keep using the 5W-20. Otherwise I'd use 5w-30 mobil 1. That's what the early LS models came with (5W-30 but not mobil 1). They switched to 5W-20 purely for fuel economy.
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    Went to remove the front wheel on my 2001 LS to try to diagnose a suspension noise. Although I've had the car since new and it has 71000 miles on it, I've never had an occasion to remove a wheel before. Took out the factory provided lug nut wrench from the trunk and **it does not fit the lug nuts!!??** :mad: In fact, I could find nothing in my garage toolsets that would fit these nuts. Geez, that's nice, huh? Glad I discovered this in my garage rather than on the road on a rainy night. Perhaps folks with an LS and without AAA road service should verify their lug wrench fits their lug nuts?

    I have the factory chrome wheels and matching factory lug nuts. I don't know if this would be an issue with super silver wheels or if the lug nuts are different with them.

    I did check with my selling dealer and they threw up their hands and want me to bring it in. Then I checked with another dealer whose service dept has been much better than the selling dealer. They knew of the problem and say it's due to the nuts being 'soft' and that they change shape over time when being taken off and put on. They said Ford considers this an owner maintenance responsibility and will do nothing. The service write offered to change all 20 nuts for me if I bought new ones and brought them in. They have a 'special tool' they created for just this purpose he says.

    akirby has kindly informed me that he has had success using a 6-point 20mm socket. At this time I don't have one so can not verify this. If anyone else has any info about this, I'd love to hear it.
  • finiclefinicle Posts: 2
    I have an 01 LS and have the same problem. I just discovered about a week ago when my lug nuts were actually loose and I couldn't use the lug wrench. Replacements are approx. $8/ea which means the whole set is like $200!!! FOR FRIGGIN LUG NUTS!!!! the lug nut actually has a chrome cap on top of the lug nut and corrosion results in between causing the caps to swell in has nothing to do w/ them being soft...but it is ridiculous, not to mention the fact that they aren't recalled. Try sending a letter to ford...the squeaky wheel gets the grease!!!
  • ezaircon4jcezaircon4jc Posts: 793
    My 2000 V6 has 124K miles and running strong. I do need to replace the coils, not unexpected considering the environment in which they live. While I'm in there, I'll also replace the plugs. The last thing to break was the inside drivers door handle last September. The part was ~$60 and I installed it. Before that was the solenoid pack at ~105K miles. That was rather expensive. I installed the $200 pack, but had the dealer flush the system for around $150. Overall, the LS has been a very reliable car. Things break, afterall it is a machine.
  • mwdreammwdream Posts: 91
    Thanks. I'm considering a 2004 LS. Also going to look at the CTS cadillac and Nissan Maxima.

    I think I will find a LS for the best price. I'm not sold on Nissan product quality. And the CTS, just not sure about the look and plastic interior for $19,000 ???...

    I am leaning to the V8 LS, because I like the extra power. But with price of gas ?

    Does LS require premium gas? I wouldn't put anything below 89 in my car anyway.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Both the V6 and V8 LS require premium (91). But in GA, the price difference between 89 and 93 (we don't have 91) is only 10 cents, no matter what the actual gas prices are. So that would be around $2 per week, or about 5%.
  • ezaircon4jcezaircon4jc Posts: 793
    In my experience (I have a 2006 [V8 only] also) the V6 doesn't get any better mileage than the V8. In some instances (freeway driving), fewer miles per gallon. My green V8 will give 25mpg+ at 75+, my V6 will be in the upper 23's to low 24's. It has always been that way with the V6 so the high mileage isn't a factor.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    Well I have 70k on the beast and I figure it's time to change the plugs. It appears fairly simple to do and I'm wondering for those that have done the replacement, what type of plugs are you using? The book says Motorcraft AGSP-32F. Anyone using anything else that is getting decent performance?

  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    My V8 LS has 70k and I figure it is time to change the plugs. I can go w/ the Motorcraft AGSP-32F or something else. What else has anyone used w/ good results? Thx.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    It has been a while but my link to the Ford Parts Network, place where I used to buy parts in St. Augustine, FL I think, is no longer working. Have they gone out of business or do they have a new web address. thx
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    The OEM plugs are just fine. Ford made Torrie change the name (just change ford to fast). You can also get parts from Bill Jenkins at Team Ford in Las Vegas. Great service and prices.
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