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Lincoln LS General Care & Maintenance



  • Thanks for the advice. I had a rear caliper freeze up today and had smoke coming from the pads. I went to Autozone and got a loaner tool for $35 with 10 adapters for different piston sizes to screw the piston back while applying pressure to the piston, worked great, then installed new pads. I am trying to reuse the rear caliper for now since I would have to order the caliper anyway and got my car back on the road tonight, except I only bleed one side so the peddle is soft. It is late, I will change the other side pads tomorrow night and bleed it correctly. Oh, the symptom was that the car acted like a tire was out of balance :confuse: intermittendly, and the car would run smooth, then shake and sound like a flat tire, then run smooth again, very confusing.
  • ccicakccicak Posts: 13
    Good info on the brake tool from Autozone, thanks. I did my brakes last winter and made a tool out of wood and nails, which made the job much harder than it needed to be. Next time I'll rent the tool. I'm planning to change the auto trans fluid this week and waiting for the filter to come in from Advance Auto. Job doesn't look too difficult except I must pump the new fluid in since there is no dipstick. My tranny is mis-behaving (clunks when changing gears and sometimes hesitates when put into drive). Had it rebuilt once already be the dealer at 15k miles (under warranty) but now has 53k miles and acting up again. Hoping new fluid will help.
  • Actually it is a loaner tool, you "rent/buy" it for $35, and return it for a refund when you are done, no charge to use the tool. It is a good program they have. They loan AC manifold, guages, and pumps here, plus 100 other tools, check it out. Good luck on your tranny job.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    You really should get the tranny flushed at the dealer - that will get 95% of the old fluid out. They use the cooler lines to remove the old fluid and replace it with new with the engine running. Much better than dropping the pan where you only get about 1/3 of the fluid.
  • On the tranny flush, I understand the concept and the claim of 90% plus new fluid, but how can you pump new fluid into a full tranny oil pan and torque converter and expect only the old fluid to come out? It is good to flush the tranny, but the percent effective is over estimated I am sure. Just my 2 cents.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Because it uses the transmission's own pump. Think about it - when you're driving the transmission is pumping the fluid and sending it through the cooler. You can try this yourself with a couple of 5 gallon buckets and rubber hose - just make sure not to contaminate the new fluid or run it low.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 396
    I much rather have them drop the pan, clean the pan, replace the filter/screen, put it together and then flush the whole thing. Flushing without removing the pan is a lazy way to get it done. My 96 Camry had a drain plug in the trasmission pan, once a year I was able to drain and replace about 3 quarts at a time.

  • You should change the filter also, but I think we all agree that any maintenance is better than no maintenance. As for my brakes, bleed the brakes for an hour, never got a decent pedal, I think you have to get the piston to rotate back out to get a full pedal, I don't know??? Drove it around the block, and the caliper is still sticking and the rotor is too hot to touch and smells like it's burning, new caliper tomorrow. Oh, make sure you flush your brake fluid also :) Is there a link for changing the clock spring, and how do you disable the air bag since the fuse box is so nicely marked.
  • Hey,
    I am replacing my caliper on my 01 LS and have a choice of Phenolic or metal piston in the caliper. I didnt' know they made phenolic pistons, and that would cure the piston corrosion problems if they are strong enough to live. Any one with any experience with this? Thanks.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    There is no reason to change the filter. If there is enough crap in there to clog up the filter, the tranny is already toast. This advice comes from a former transmission engineer. He flushes his every 30K but doesn't drop the pan.
  • I haven't read all the replies to this but the drivers rear window is on a do not recall recall. Linc has tons of problems with this and should replace it for free. They did mine last month..TFC...
  • where is the PCV Valve located? My car staling when stoping :(
  • you have to take off the plenum, then the intake it should be under there if thats where the hissing sound is coming from if yours is a 3.0. I have an s type jag it idles rough the stalls and there is a hissing sound
  • I have been having a problem on quick acceleration. My car runs fine at almost any speed, but when I push it to the floor and goes to a lower gear it coughs and misses. Does anyone know what that sounds like?
  • jeyhoejeyhoe Posts: 490
    "Does anyone know what that sounds like? "

    Ah, I'll give it a shot -

    "Vrrrroooo ohm -ohppfff bubbubbubbaaaa arggarrgg clickaclicka schploot"

    Is that close?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Careful jeyhoe - I'm starting to like you.

    As for the cause I'd say COPs or fuel pump.
  • That is very close.
  • jeyhoejeyhoe Posts: 490

    Yeah, I should only have my own radio show with my brother! :)

    akirby is usually right about these things, so check those out. Course if it's fuel line, cheapest possible is fuel filter. Other than that, I dunno. Good luck and thanks for havin sense of humor.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    If the sound really ends in "clickaclicka schploot" your problem could be terminal!

    Seriously, you will probably need to have the engine scanned for any codes. Even if the check engine light doesn't come on, diagnostics can be done. Like Akirby, I would be suspicious of fuel pressure. That could be filter, fuel pressure regulator, or fuel pump. A bad COP could also cause the problem. They can stress test the COPS and pinpoint if they are the problem.

    There are SO many things that can cause this, I wouldn't recommend just throwing parts at it. Mine had a problem last week and it was caused by an insect getting caught in the mass air flow sensor.
  • Hey,

    I'm thinking about getting an '02 Lincoln LS V8 from Carmax (Stock# 4308961 in Waukesha, WI for those who want to look it up). It has 57K miles on it, and it's $14,998.

    I liked this car ever since it came out, but I've been reading reviews since I'm thinking about getting one, and they have definitely been very mixed. I've seen a lot of people saying they've had a lot of repair/maintenance issues, and that the car is expensive to maintain, in which case I don't know if I want to get it...

    Also, I read that many improvements were made starting in '03, and that the '00-'02 LS V8s had some transmission problems...

    I was just wondering if I could get some reviews from some actual owners...
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