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Lincoln Town Car Maintenance & Repair

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  • I believe this is what it is called. My rear suspension stabilizer bar has come down from the car (just the ends where bolts go) and the two bolts have come out (while driving I suppose). The actual bar seems fine but I am not sure if two new bolts screw into the holders. Do I just need the bar to be held in place, (maybe with clamps)? Or should I get the whole thing replaced?
  • Better to replace the whole thing just in case,if there's a lot of rust undeer the car.Not sure clamps will work.Put it on a lift and look at the setup.Maybe new bolts will do.
  • If it's just surface rust replace the pins. I've heard them called many things but I believe the actual name is 'Stabilizer Bar Link'. That style pin fails all the time. You can probably get polyurethane replacements for less than $20 and the job is easy.

    While you're down there you might want to look at the 'Stabilizer Bar Bushings' too.

    This is not your car :) But the pin is similar, and it shows the job generically. It also shows the bushings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B515N144WOQ

    Good luck.
  • I have a low mileage 1994 Lincoln and I get no clicking when I try to start. I have found by having the shift gear hard into the park position activated the interrupt and overcomes it not starting but now I want to find the actual starter solenoid on this car. So what is the LOCATION. You can give me trouble shooting techniques if you like but I want the LOCATION of the the starter solenoid.
  • Probably under the hood on the firewall or on the side mounted to one of the fenders.is there a fuel pump cutoff switch in the trunk?cant remember if 90's vintage ha that or not. Make sure that's off too because the at wont start if its engaged.
  • :-)

    On the 94 it's on the starter, they changed it in 90 iirc? But if it starts by slamming the gear selector into park I'd check my neutral start switch. You might be shaking something else in the steering column too.

    The starter can be hard to pull, if you take it out you might want to replace it.

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  • I finally got it to start with jumpers and when I run the engine at idle everything seems fine. when I rev it up I start getting interior lights changing brightness wildly if they are on and the air suspension light in the dash lights up and then goes out randomly and the battery charging symbol lights up and the goes out and the anti-lock brake symbol flashes. Note that I had charged the battery for several hours before I tried starting it with jumpers with no success. I can't see a bad battery causing these symptoms. As for the starter solenoid...now where is the starter? I don't have a lift, so can't get under the car to try to find it.:) Can the solenoid be reached from the top? Would like to clip on a remote starter switch if I can.
  • But it looks to me like you need to crawl under the car. I haven't had my 97 for a while and just don't remember.

    http://www.idmsvcs.com/2vmod/starter/removereinstall/index.html

    You've got interesting problems though. I'd at least start by going to a parts store and having them do an electrical test (free).
  • After horrible service at a Lincoln dealer,I've decided to tackle this myself. The recliner (back) part of my driver seat does not work.When I push the button I hear something but it doesn't move.The bottom does move,no issue with that part.Anybody have any ideas?2007 LINCOLN TOWN CAR SIG.LIMITED,34600 MILES.Thanks.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Sometimes the switch contact points become corrorded & working the switch several times scrapes the corrosion away. Hopefully! :)
  • 99towncarexec99towncarexec Posts: 160
    edited January 2013
    Hi. Thanks. I had a thought about the switch and tried to jiggle it,move it and otherwise just see if I could get it to do something.Didn't work.I brought it to the dealer and 371 dollars later it's the seat actuator.It's sitting at that dealer as I write this waiting for the part to come in to fix it. This is the one thing I don't think I've ever had happen to any of my Lincolns.
  • Have 2004 Ultimate Towncar. Left low beam headlight won't come on. Have checked fuse and changed bulb. High beam works. Husband thinks ballist might need replaced. Expensive fix. Anyone have advice? Will appreciate any help.
  • nwraaanwraaa Posts: 159
    If you are sure that the connections are clean and tight, then more than likely it is the ballast.
  • I was just looking on ebay for headlights and other stuff for my 07 t/c.You can buy a complete headlight set for 250 bucks.Also,any issues I ever had with headlights either involved the bulb or the actual switch in the car.However, I'm no mechanic,just a guy who's owned lots of Lincoln Town Car's.What is and where is the ballast located?
  • I would imagine that those $250 headlamps have the halogen bulbs and not the H.I.D. headlamps which were optional and are much more expensive to replace. If your car has ballasts for the headlights, then you would have H.I.D headlamps. The Lincoln option code for these is 51H
  • hi i have gearbox problem wil not drive forwards when in drive but will go backwards i have changed oil and filter
  • jerrym11jerrym11 Posts: 1
    Seems to be a lot of that going around. My recently acquired '97 TC has instrument cluster legibility problems as well. You have only to Google the problem to learn that there are scads of us out there. So here's my question: How does Ford get away with producing defective instrument clusters with obvious safety implications?
  • Well it could just be the age of the thing.I had a 91 a few years back that was starting to show signs of that condition.I was in the limo business in NYC for many years and never had any issues with the cluster,even after hundreds of thousands of miles.That was in the 80's and 90's though...I guess we're finding out what the life span of those things is.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    How does Ford get away with producing defective instrument clusters with obvious safety implications?

    Are you serious? You're actually whining because your 16 year old instrument cluster is failing? The whole car was made with a 10 year - 150,000 mile lifespan expectation! If you ask me, (and technically, you asked everybody), it has served you adequately. Cars need parts. It's the cost of owning one, and a part that fails after 16 years is not defective - your thinking is. Sorry.

    My cluster in my 4 year old Escalade failed. Now THAT may have been worth a complaint..... Give me a Lincoln that lasts that long anyday.
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