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Lincoln LS General Care & Maintenance



  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    Yes, the plug replacement is quite straight forward. The left (drivers) side is a bit tight but nothing major. I used Motorcraft plugs but the number in my owners manual was no longer available. I have a 4/99 build V8. I used the Motorcraft site to confirm the correct plugs that replaced my obsolete number.

    Please check the gap on your old plugs. I originally changed mine at around 58,000 and again at 104,000. Both times, the gap had eroded from the recommended .042 to about .052 or so. I would be interested to see if yours showed that kind of erosion.
  • funkcityfunkcity Posts: 100
    Hi gang, Long time ;-)
    The LS die hards are way cool !!

    The OEM plugs are platinum tipped and rated for 100,000 mile usage. So go stock I'd say. Bill Jenkins at Ford parts has it all working.

    My car..... I'm wondering how loud the differential bearing noise has to get before I break the bank and get it fixed?

    But other than that, all is cool.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    Bruce, The gap was .49. Thx for the info
  • mtnhmtnh Posts: 19
    HI, I am about to change my 2000 LS manual's plugs, I have 97.x K miles and the spark plug change is quite involved for the typical shadetree mechanic. While in there, I will change the PCV valve as well. I just wanted to pass along that in case you didn't already know (for OC alumni, I reckon) the foglamps for stock non LSE cars are now available in Sylvania Silverstars as H9145-ST. I found a pack of them a week after I changed my fogs out with another pair of H9005 Silverstars, in a Pep Boys store in New Hampshire. I was mildly surprised, since I have really backed off my fog lamp usage while running 65 watt hi-beams in them. I may have to pull them out so that I can go back down to the 45-watt shaded tip bulbs that are supposed to be used in the fog lamps.

    I also wanted to comment that I bought some Avon Tech M550 AS 245/45-17s last summer. The price I got was around $116 a tire, not bad for V-rated or better tires. I had them road-force balanced immediately before using them. One tire was at around 32 lbs of road force and was succesfully replaced. They started off nice, but not even a year into them, and running snows for 3 months of that year on my 16 inch rims, the rear tires are getting noisy. Far-fetched thinking has me wondering if my rear shocks with 97K on them are partly responsible. Oh, those will be changed this year. I did the fronts at around 50K when I had to replace both steering knuckles due to leaking and corroded ball joints. The car is still very stable, but the shocks may not be dampening the subtle imbalanced conditions as well, allowing the tires to develop a chop. I still have my marauder, too, which is just shy of 4 years old by 2 months. That car has turned out to be very nice, a real workhorse with no mechanical failures in 60K miles.

    I get some freaky problems with my LS, like the right side heat goes crazy and can't shut off, and something is not 100% in the multifunction switch (the wiper/washer/turn signal stalk). Sometimes the one-shot wiper will fire, others not. The wipers run during a storm, then they stop. They quickly fire off 2 sweeps and stop, then start up again, seconds apart. All in speed position 1. I also had most of last winter (it's finally over, right?) where the washer would run when asked to, but no automatic 2 or 3 sweeps of wiper would occur. That went away when the weather got warmer. I also had false alarms in the washer fluid low indicator, where even a full fill would not shut it off. When it warmed up out, the washer began working the wipers again, and the low fluid alarm would go off. It still returns a couple of times a day, but I don't know if it's really low or not now! ;)

    LS die-hard Mike
  • mrgdrmrgdr Posts: 50
    >>>...I just wanted to pass along that in case you didn't already know (for OC alumni, I reckon) the foglamps for stock non LSE cars are now available in Sylvania Silverstars as H9145-ST...<<<

    Thanks for the heads-up, Mike. I had nearly given up waiting on Sylvania for these lamps and hadn't checked on them in a long time. After reading your post this morning, I stopped by my local Kragen store and bought the only two 9145STs they had in stock. :)
  • lateralglateralg Posts: 929
    Half-inch gap?
  • blarson6blarson6 Posts: 2
    Where is a good place to get the COP's and what is a good price for these. 00'LS V8.
  • Ebay is a good place to find the COP at a much better price!

    This auction is over but he had 65 coils! So I am sure you could get them from him. Only $30 plus shipping each.
  • If you're still in need, the last time I bought a COP at AutoZone for about $35. Also, it was made by the same mfg. as the OEM.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    DOes anyone have a phone number or email address of a big mucky muck in Lincoln Sales or Service. I had my LS in the other week for a group of problems, the least which was a noise when I hit a bump. My local Lincoln dealer, Osman LC in Melbourne, FL told me that it was about $2600 to fix, needing knuckles and sway bars etc. Since my extended warranty only cover about $350 of the job I decided to say the hell w/ it and trade it on a Toyota or Nissan.

    They replaced 2 coils, forgot to do the trans flush. When I got home I notice that they had installed 2 Rear Sway Bar Links (which happened to be covered by my Ext Warr). Needless to say this didn't fix the problem. I also asked to be contacted by a regional service tech since the service manager told me that this was a common problem and Lincoln was fixing them up to 75k miles. I have 77k but thought it was worth a shot and they gave me some 800 number and some clerk answered.

    What really pissed me off was the "service shop supply charge" of $20.60. The invoice small print tells you what that is for (just a way to get more money) but it also states that the MAX charge is to be $15.00. I looked at some of my other bills and the charge was always over the $15. I wonder how much the dealership has ripped off customers for in the past years. Probably time to get the state AG involved.

    Thanks for reading my venting.
  • couvcouv Posts: 1
    Does anyone know the wheel lug nut torque setting ? It's not in the owner's manual
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    100 ft/lbs. This is almost universal for Ford products in my experience.
  • natec06natec06 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2001 lincoln LS and went to give it a tune up fuel filter, belts, and plugs. Well I was in for a surprise with the plugs. I'm pretty sure you have to take off the intake manifold to get 3 of the spark plugs, but i was just wondering if there was a slight chance that somebody would have a trick to get to them. If not about how long will it take me to strip the manifold? Also do i need to put a new manifold gasket?
  • ezaircon4jcezaircon4jc Posts: 793
    There is no trick. I've replaced the plugs on my V6 twice and I'm down to about 3 hours, start to finish. The upper intake manifold gasket is reusable. You will have to disassemble quite a bit to get to the passenger side. Get a good manual (or one of those service cds on ebay) and study it before you start. The job isn't really hard, but it is tedious.
  • nomolincnomolinc Posts: 2
    I live in New Jersey and basically went through the same thing here. I complained to the national headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and was blown off by them. They told me the dealer was an "independent" Lincoln dealer and they couldn't do anything about it. Basically, Ford/LM could care less and that's why local dealers will stick it to you. I'll never buy another Ford product. Good luck with the AG.
  • tauruztauruz Posts: 4
    I had my 2000 LS,V6 in for the 100,000 MI tuneup. They replaced plugs,intake manifold gaskets,flushed cooling system,replaced transmission fluids,replaced filters including AC cabin filter,tire rotation and associated labor. According to the techs,the intake manifold gaskets leaked and that caused problems with emission control readings. $900 sounds like a stiff bill but I have no other comparison....any comments?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    What exactly do you expect Ford to do about it? State automotive franchise laws protect the dealers and there's nothing Ford or any other automaker can do about it. Sad, but true and another advantage the imports have - they don't have 50 yr old franchises to deal with.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    That all sounds correct and necessary, but I would have expected somewhere around $500-$700 for that but it's hard to tell.
  • ccicakccicak Posts: 13
    Does anyone know where (or if there are any) the fuses are for the heated seats on a '02 LS V8? My driver side won't heat.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    In the fuse box, where else? It's probably the element though and not the fuse.
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