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Lincoln Aviator Maintenance and Repair



  • avi05avi05 Posts: 1
    I'm having the same issue with my 05. Also, my driver's side windows both front and back won't open. Taking it in tomorrow.

    Did you get your flickering fixed?
  • ldr63ldr63 Posts: 12
    My 2003 Aviator is stalling at 40-50 mph. Does anyone have any idea what's wrong with it? Could it be the computer or the transmission?
  • Hello, I am new to this site but I wanted to ask if bradlmj had any results from Ford on repairing the head? I bought a used 03 Aviator and it just hit 70k miles. It has a rough idle and the engine light came on. The dealer said "cracked head, $3600 please" my mechanic said faulty valve in the head, $2000!! Either way, very expensive. 2 different mechanics said drive it like it is. It may never get worse or if it does fix it then. Any advice? Ford said no assistance available even though they issued a TSB.
  • I am still around.. Yep.. sounds about the same as the problem I had. It could be either one of the problems you described and the mechanic will know if he sends the head to a machine shop. Mine was a valve that had worked its way loose. If they just buy a new head then it really doesn't matter what is wrong. But the heads are pretty pricey and a good machine shop can fix them if it is just a valve.. I finally went with a mechanic in town from a recommendation from the Ford dealership believe it or not.. Cost me 2k but so far so good and a lot better than the dealers price. I really hate the way Lincoln/Ford treated me and have to remind myself in the future when even considering a ford product. You are really stuck with the problem because resell is just not an option(at least it wasn't for me). The rough idle if similar to mine was just to noticable and to be frank I could not treat another poor sap the way I was treated so I fixed it.. I do like the lincoln but if they are looking for customer loyalty they will not find it here. I just laugh when I get the offers in the mail for new lincolns.. What a bunch of ... well you get the picture.. Good luck with yours..
  • The speakers in my 04 aviator 'cut out'every once in a while Sometimes it is the drivers door speaker that shuts down other times the pass. door speaker is off and sometimes both door speakers are off with only the very rear speakers on. Most of the time the speakers work fine. The dealer replaced the radio but this did not help too much.
  • My 6 disk changer will not change between cd's. When I try to go to another CD it stops working and reads CD error. Once I turn off the car and restart it the CD player will start on the disk I was trying to get to before. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there an easy repair? (yeah right!)
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    Does yours have the Nav system integrated? That's what I have in my 04 Navigator. Every once in a while, if I try to load or eject disk 6, the thing hangs up and stops working and the only fix is to shut the car off and turn on again. Unfortunately, I can not make this happen predictably so havent taken it to dealer yet.
  • I have a seems that I can't find this thing anywhere on the net and even the dealer doesn't know what I am talking about because of course it doesn't happen when I go to them!

    The steering wheel sometimes shakes (vibrates might be a better word)...but it only happens when I am turn or cutting the wheel where the road is bumpy. Recently I park on some snow and felt it happening there as well, but I do not hae advance trac on my truck. Sometimes (rarely) it will also happen when I am turning to pull into a parking space...anyone know what this is? prayerfully SOMEONE can help me because I am not sure this is normal. I am not use to the luxury cars (last was a 95 taurus) so this might just be a feature...but please help me out on this one if you can....thank you in advance! :cry:
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    My guess would be the steering rack and/or power steering pump.
  • So I stumbled across this site a couple of weeks ago and am scared out of my mind with all the head/valve issues I have been reading on the higher mileage Aviators. I have a 2004 Aviator (built April '04) with 30k on it and am afraid that I am going to have to replace my head(s) in 20 or 30 thousand miles.

    So my question is: Are there any Aviator owners with over
    50 thousand or so miles on the clock who HAVEN'T experienced any of these head or valve issues?

  • I think you are describing the same problem experienced by many Aviator owners here, including myself.

    This is the famous power steering shudder:

    Component Description:
    16. STEERING
    Bulletin Number: 0566
    Bulletin Date: APR 2005
    Vehicle: 2004 Lincoln Aviator


    if you do a search for steering shudder on this forum, you'll see what I'm talking about. Take the TSB number to the dealer for reference.

    He will probably try to put an additive in your power steering system first. This may or may not work. If not, then he will have to replace a couple of components in the steering system to fix it (hopefully your Aviator is still under warranty).
  • Just got my wife a 03 Aviator. Can anyone tell me what the lock in rear window on the driver's side is for. I've tried to use in but I have no idea what I am locking and unlocking. Bought from CarMAx ...guess I'll be going to the Lincoln dealership. Any help would be appreciated
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    I assume you don't have an owner's manual? You can download one here for free:

    But I can tell you the button is simply a power door lock/unlock switch just like the ones on the front doors. It allows you to unlock (or lock) the other doors easily after loading/unloading cargo.
  • Thank you so much! I never would have looked up steering shuder, lol.
    The truck is no longer under warranty, but they will still fix what I complained about before the warranty was out if I bring it back.
    Thank you so much! Thank you....I don't know you, but I love you! just don't know, the people looked at me like I was making this up. :shades:
  • mw3000mw3000 Posts: 24
    just to let you know i have 43,000 with no head, valve problems, (knock on wood).
  • ok, well so far we have 43k miles and 44k miles (from the general Lincoln Aviator forum) as the highest mileage vehicles with no head/valve problems!

    I had someone else comment that this issue has nothing to do with higher mileage, but I don't know.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    Our head had to be replaced around 25K-30K miles. That's why I don't think it's a mileage or wear issue.
  • mw3000mw3000 Posts: 24
    well i hope your right, and i got a good one. i am presently doing some extensive modifications and if the aviator starts go under, i will be sad. :(
  • Thanks for the help. I have a 03 Nav also ....ever hear of any problem with the 6 disc in dash player ????????
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,623
    Not specifically on the Nav but it's used across the lineup and there have been a few problems noted in other vehicles.
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