Welcome to the Crown Vics ETC blog!

On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018, a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

REAR BRAKES: 1" vs 1 3/4" piston clip??

When we swapped wheels recently, I snapped a photo of a rear brake pad.  Yesterday I was looking online for info on aftermarket pads, and found that there are many types.  There are regular and phenolic pistons, and 1" and 1 3/4" piston clips.  I put this to the folks at http://www.crownvic.net/, and it seems there is no real way of knowing what your car has until you pull the wheels and look.  So much for ordering parts ahead of time... At least I know front discs are... well, just front discs!  Same with the front pads.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UPDATE: Tie Rod Ends, Ball Joints, Alignments... OH MY!!

The last few days have been interesting... and expensive.  Try to follow...

FRIDAY:  While out and about, I was really starting to worry about the car shuddering under hard braking.  Also noticed the front end was getting really loud. 

SATURDAY:  We finally took off the snow tires.  Noticed front right brake rotor looked a bit warped.  Rear brake pads need to be replaced.  But worst of all, left tie rod end VERY loose.  I mean bad. 

SUNDAY:  Dropped car off at Taxi Guy

MONDAY:  tie rod ends replaced, made appointment for alignment next day

TUESDAY:  dropped ar off for alignment at 7:45AM.  Went for half hour walk.  When I got back, the car was on the rack, but not aligned.  I was told there was a bad ball joint on the right side.  They told me it would be a waste of money to align it, then get the ball joint repaired, only to need another alignment.  Got quote for job, about $200 installed.  Drove to Taxi Guy.  Said to leave car there.  Mom picked me up, went to Friendly's for breakfast.  Passed shop less than an hour later, and car is being backed out.  All done.  Drove to alignment shop, made appointment for next day.

WEDNESDAY:  dropped car off again for alignment.  Hours pass, car done.  Drove home.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yes, snow tires are STILL on!  It has been raining a lot lately, and combined with Todd's pinched nerve in his neck, nothing is getting done!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Coil Pack For Mom's Town Car

Mom's '99 Town Car blew a coil pack today.  About 82,000 miles on the car.