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Lincoln Town Car Noises/Clunks/Squeaks

kylea30kylea30 Posts: 4
I have a 1999 TC and I have been hearing a ticking noise that sounds exactly like the turn signal, only the signal does not blink. It usually happens when I hit bumps or when I am going uphill, but sometimes it is simply random. It sounds like its coming from behind the gauges. Also, it usually only ticks once or twice at a time. Anyone have any idea what this might be?


  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    If its behind the clock, could it be a time bomb? :blush:
  • kylea30kylea30 Posts: 4
    My steering has started sqeaking at low speeds. Any ideas what the problem could be and about how much it will cost to fix?
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    The ball joints were lubed at the factory and over time the covers disintegrate and the lube escapes or dries out. Not expensive if treated right away with new lube and covers,but if put off, new ball joints will be needed due to excessive wear. A lube/suspension tech will NOT be expensive if you are quick to repair.
  • Hello,

    I am having the same exact problem

    Did you find out what it was ???

  • Nope, no idea. I haven't noticed it in a few days, but I also haven't been paying that close of attention to it so it might have stopped. Good luck figuring it out!
  • My 2004 Town Car has a loud squeak that seems to come from somewhere in the exhaust system that is really hard to pinpoint. It is most noticeable when the car is cold and just starting out. I tried to use some lubricant on the tailpipe hangars, but this didn't help. Naturally, the problem doesn't exist at the dealership. The car has less than 19k miles,so I don't think anything is worn out. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
  • noise in 98 town car.
    The noise sounds like you are running on the bumps that are on the side of road(rumble strips)It happens at 20MPH or higher. It lasts a few seconds and at different times. It might make the noise once every few miles, but certain time.
    Any ideas?
  • jrokjrok Posts: 9
    i'm having a problem with my 1990 lincolin towncar too, if i just put it in drive and don't give it any gas i can hear a rattling sound, if i roll up my windows its barely audible.. i hear the sound louder when i turn my steering wheel. and soemtimes when i turn on my ac and am idling, the rpms seem to drop and then i hear that rattling noise at its loudest, could it be my exahust? i just got a dual flowmaster set up thing goign on.. i didn't think it would be my exahust because of the turning of the steering wheel. any help would be appreciated.
  • caddad1caddad1 Posts: 1
    I have a friend with the same problem you described, a clicking like the turn signal makes, when the ignition switch is in the on or run position, with no dash lamps flashing. 99 town car. Have you found out what the cause is? Thanks
  • kylea30kylea30 Posts: 4
    I still have no clue what is making the ticking noise. It seemed to not make the noise through the winter, but when it started warming up it came back. It seems to happen when I am going uphill or when I hit bumps. So far it hasn't affect the car in any way so hopefully its nothing big.
  • I have owned many Lincolns in the last 15 years and everytime I have had the same problem you describe it has always 100% of the time been that the transmission fluid needs servicing. It sould like you are running over little bumps in the road but the road is smooth. Have your tranny serviced and your problem should go away.
  • For several months a "thump-thump" sound was heard when the '95 TC, (110,000 mi), drove over small road bumps, especially when on one side or the other. At times, the sound seemed to emanate from lower rear, so we replaced the shocks. The sound continued, but more-clearly from the lower front. Mechanic used bionic earls to isolate the source, and found worn sway bar links on both sides. Links replaced, and no more "thumps". I am surprised at the failure, as car has always been gently driven. Hope this helps someone with same symptom.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    After removing the junk from the trunk, the problem was the spare tire was not securely tightened down by the Wing nut. In attempting to tighten the plastic nut, it broke, so it has been replaced by a metal Wing nut.

    No more rattle over the bumps. ;)
  • The "speedo" cable will make a clicking noise of sorts when it's going bad.
  • I've brought my car back to the dealership at least five times, only to have them replace the hood stops or lubricate them. Neither of these efforts does anything to releive the constant noise. This runs perfectly fine except for the fact that it makes more noise than a gargage truck.

    Any ideas out there?
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Spray an abundant amount of WD40 in, on, over, under, and around the front hood locking area. While you're at it. Spray at all the connections holding the radiator.
  • Trying to figure out where the heck this rattling/clanking noise is coming from when I drive my 95 town car. Its only when the car is in motion and seems to be when I drive over bumps. Please help......
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Our 94 TC was quieted when I secured the spare tire & related tools in the trunk shelf. Suggest you remove everything from the trunk including the spare and tools and drive it to see if the rattles continue.

    On our 94 I discovered where two metal plates behind the spare were contacting each other. I wedged them apart and inserted a sponge. The plates run from left to right.

    Sometimes it helps to have somebody drive over bumps while you're in the trunk with a flashlight to more accurately see to hear.
  • Thanks fo the info. I will try this and let u know the results. Thanks again JKDET
  • Took eveything out of the trunk and rode back there still cant figure out what the heck. Did take the center cap off the wheels and still the noise is there. Could this maybe be the breaks somehow? Thanks JKDET
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