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Lincoln Town Car Maintenance & Repair



  • tophattophat Posts: 7
    If you need new air bags, they are available @
    At half the price. Then you can have your dealer install them. I bought mine their and they come with A lincoln part #.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    OR...... get rid of the bag system entirely by converting to standard suspension.
  • tophattophat Posts: 7
    If you have the original plug wires, the insulation may be breaking down. I had that problem with my 95 TC.
  • Hi, I just purchased a 2003 Town Car (Signature) series and would like to know how to eliminate the annoying dinging noise that sounds when the drivers seat belt is not fastened. #2. Can the chirp of the horn be shut off when activating the alarm. #3. I changed the oil today and am unable to re-set the over head console to 100%. It reads 39% and will not re-set even when holding the reset button for as long as 20 seconds. Thanks for any help you can provide. jh
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    You can silently activate the alarm by using the driver's door outside keypad. Press buttons 7/8 and 9/0 at the same time twice. A considerate feature when you don't want to wake the neighbors.

    Seat belt not fastened/annoying dinging noise. My guess is there is a sensor connection under the seat that could be disconnected, but of this I'm unsure. If your seat belt is too short, you can buy extensions.

    Regarding the over head console reading 39% - Maybe if the oil filter were to be changed as well, you'd achieve 100%. :) (Right, I really don't know) However, if you disconnect & reconnect the Negative battery terminal, it may reset it to 100%
  • euphonium, thanks for your reply. I have solved the Horn noise by checking the Owners book. You can discontinue that feature by going through a set procedure with the key in the ignition and pressing the remote door lock switch. As for the seat belt dinging indicator, you can trick it by starting out with the seat belt on while the car is in motion. Once your under way you can unbelt and the chime stops ringing. I know it's not good to ride without using your belt but I have a medical issue. You could also go to a salvage yard and ask them to cut the chrome male portion of the seat belt out of a wreck and then place it in the female portion of the belt in the car you are riding.. I will try over the weekend your suggestion with the Neg. cable on the battery. Once again thank you. jh
  • Fuel pump was replaced just after the 4th of July. Today, wouldn't start after 1 1/2 hour lunch. It's hot here - 100 degrees plus. Did start after trying for about 10 minutes. Any other ideas? Thanks. Janice
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    When my TC didn't start on a very hot day, I put a plastic bag of ice on the ignition module located on the driver's side of the engine. That cooled it down within a minute and it started.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Your manual should tell you how to reset the oil life indicator. It's usually a combination of buttons that you push to do it, just like de-programming the horn chirp.
  • I tried re-setting the Oil life thingy as directed via the Manual, didn't work. I bringing it to the Dealer tomorrow for a couple of other things I'll have them look at that as well.. Txs, JH
  • rontcrontc Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 2004 town car (signature model) with what I understand is the standard radio. It has a single CD player and a tape deck. It has a CD button that scrolls through three selections: RADIO, CD (internal) and "CDDJ." I assume that the last is to control a trunk mounted CD changer. I would like to install an aftermarket CD changer that will handle 10 CDs and play MP3s. What are the pitfalls and issues that I need to know about?
  • i am looking for info for my mom she bought a 2005 lincoln towncar and has been having problems getting things addressed with the dealer. ever heard of when the windshield wipers are on the dash lights dont work they told her at first the switch needed to be changed they did still did it and then they said it was just one of those little glitches that nothing could be done in my opinion when you buy a brand new car you shouldnt have to deal with glitches
  • izaclown1izaclown1 Posts: 116
    I had a frustrating one the other day. My 2000 would not shift out of park. I called the dealership. They said "tail light out, safety feature". I pulled all of the bulbs out and all were good, even the ones in the third brake light. Ask some one to touch the brakes and NO LIGHTS. Checked fues and they were all fine. I was able to turn the key to the first postition and shift into neutral and cranking it up. Drove to the dealship and they replaced the brake switch and harness. Works fine now, but was very frustrating. After talking with others, this seems to be a little more common than you would think.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    You absolutely shouldn't have to put up with glitches like that! And I've never heard of that before, which could be why the service department is shining you on. If there's another Lincoln dealer in town, try them. Otherwise, escalate nicely, your request to have this issue resolved, first with the Service Manager, then the store manager, then the Ford Rep, if necessary. Don't just take that response, it's ridiculous.
  • Our mechanic thought two of the door switches were worn and not making contact consistently... to be on the safe side, he replaced all 4 door switches and the key pad. We picked the car up last evening.Our mechanic said if the alarm does go off, maybe something in the door latch may be triggering the alarm and that will have to be replaced ??? Today , surprise, surprise - THE ALARM WENT OFF!!!! Nothing near it to trigger it, sunny, dry weather! We took it to a fellow at an alarm/security store who wanted to see if he could ground a wire to turn the alarm off.....we hoped he knew something our mechanic didn't know....he couldn't disarm it! It's factory installed.
    But, he disconnected the switch for the trunk that leads to the alarm. He and another fellow tried different things with the remote,etc. They said to close all doors, use the remote starter to lock the doors making sure the anti theft light is not displayed on the dashboard. So the problem hasn't been fixed. Any other
    suggestions? Thanks, April :mad:
  • hja1hja1 Posts: 1
    While driving the 2005 Lincoln Town Car ("Signature") I had problems withe the engine accelerating rapidly while applying brakes (resulting in a crash). Does anyone know what the possible CAUSE of this was?

    If so, please email me at

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I didn't know the trunk was also switched, but it makes sense. I'd replace that one too, but frankly, at this point if it were my car, I'd trade the damn thing in on a new(er) one. This is a rare problem, you won't get another one that will do this.
  • Yes, it sounds like someone was actually stepping on the gas when they thought they were stepping on the brake.
    Now they are looking for someone else to blame for their error.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Agreed. Never heard of a Town Car doing this.
  • It may be a rare problem but in this message board, a Toyota Sienna owner described the exact problem we are having with the anti theft alarm. If most cars today, have a factory installed alarm system isn't there some way they can be turned off? I'm sure when these were installed there must have been a plan made to somehow turn the alarm off.
    We just put a lot of money into the car changing the switches and the EGR's hard to believe that there isn't some solution to this problem. If we could find a car we like as much as the 97 TC we would trade it in. The car is in tip-top condition (EXCEPT FOR THIS DARN ALARM PROBLEM) especially after the maintenance that was just performed on it.
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