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Lincoln Town Car Noises/Clunks/Squeaks



  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Not knowing the miles on the car, I recommend you put it on a hoist and examine the exhaust system. Some Town Cars have a dual exhaust which can double your trouble of their rattling.

    When you find the source you will feel wonderfully good.
  • jkdetjkdet Posts: 4
    The car has 200,00 miles and I will have the exhaust checked tomorrow. will let you know what I find out. Thanks dude for he help. JKDET
  • cdberkmancdberkman Posts: 7
    edited January 2011
    I have a 2004 Town Car, 75000 Miles. I have a creaking noise that I cannot for the life of me, pinpoint. This noise is coming from the front driver’s side. It will only make noise when the car is in motion, turning from side to side (more noticeable at slower speeds). I cannot hear any noise if I physically push on the front of the car or rock it back and forth (Outside the car). Again this only happens when the car is in motion. The noise will disappear when it is wet outside, either during or just after rain or carwash. Once everything dries up, the noise re-appears. I also have a noise what appeared to be something loose behind the dashboard (same side). I ripped everything apart (inside the car) and cannot find anything. This knocking noise started before the creaking noise and now I think they are both connected. When it is wet outside, both noises disappear. The weird thing is that the one noise sounds like it is coming from inside the car (behind the dashboard) and the other sounds like a suspension creak. Took it to the dealer twice and they could not find anything. Note: I cannot feel anything in the steering, suspension, the car drives perfectly straight, does not pull.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    You've got a dry ball joint. All it needs is an injection of grease and that can be done by an independent service station repair shop. The dash noise is not related to the squeeky ball joint.
  • Thanks for the response. I have been avoiding puching holes in the boots to greese them, but looks like my last option. It's one of those things that if you can't prove it to me and I can't see it, I will fight it all the way. You would think that they would come up with something "inspectable" to avoid causing any unnessessary, unintentially induced problems trying to troubleshoot. I will give it an attempt next weekend and post what if anything has changed. (if indead it hasn't rained). Today it rained and both noises disappeard at the same time.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Grease was injected in the LF ball joint of our TC in 2001 and it has been silent since. The passenger side has been quiet for 150,000 miles. Hope this works for you. :)
  • Again, thanks. Hope it works. Just need some time off and good weather to do it. I will let you know how it works. :)
  • have you tried seeing if it was your clock spring?? Or is it a digital gauge cluster? I'm not to familiar with these year models but does it even have an analog clock? And if it does,the spring may have broke and it may be rattling around. Either that or its your actual turn signal *clicker*
  • Well, its not the ball joints, tie rods, or stabilizer links. I injected grease into all of the boots. Same sound. It got a little better once I soaked the bushings all over the front end. So I am how leaning towards bushings. Just wish there weren't a thousand of them.
  • todd007etodd007e Posts: 4
    if you havent found out what it could be.... on my town car i had the same damn noise, i thought it was everything... for me it was the latcg on the hood of the car, it was rubbing metal on meatal jus enough when i drove and or closed the doors. all i did was grease it up pretty good and POW, im suddenly not crazy. lol. hope this helps you, Todd
  • cdberkmancdberkman Posts: 7
    Funny that you brought that up. Thanks, but that was another problem that I fixed a long time ago. I had to get rid of the car a few months ago due to engine compression problems and was in the process of replacing the front stabilizer bushing just before that. I will never know what that noise was. I bought another 2004 and it had that same annoying noise coming from the hood so recognizing that noise led me straight to it. Now same year car, less miles, no accidents, one owner, and the car drives like brand new and most importantly..........NO WEIRD NOISES!
  • todd007etodd007e Posts: 4
    ok, i have recently changed my iac, on my 1999 town car with 80,000 miles on it. it was stalling before when i turned the ac on.. any ways that problem went away, now last week istarted to get this humming noise from the iac, or the throttle body, maybe the plastic box muffler thing that goes from the iac to the back of the air intake tube... i thought it was gonna be the iac, but i just changed it again and it still does it. the noise is when im at idle or just coasting, it is so annoying and defently can hear it from outside/ inside the car. the noise will stop when i give it some gas.. any thought on here???? im really not wanting to take it in a shop and they tell me something crazy!!!
  • cdberkmancdberkman Posts: 7
    To be clear, is it a humming noise or does it sound like a gurgling noise?
  • todd007etodd007e Posts: 4
    this noise here is a humming sound, or howling noise... i also have a dang gurgling noise at a very slight press of the gas pedal, but no shop has been able to figure that out either, lol
  • I took My 2000 Lincoln towncar to the shop to have a new alternator and battery put in.
    Since then when riding along; I have this sound that mimics the sound of the engine.
    along with the hearing the engine( if that makes any since). I returned it to the shop and the
    machanic can't find the problem. Any suggestions?
  • cdberkmancdberkman Posts: 7
    If it sounds like its coming from the speaker, you may have a bad ground wire. Common when tbe alternater/battery are touched. There is normally a capacitor in line to stop electrical noises from feeding into tbe stereo system. Other option is Radio Shack. You will want a noise filter.
  • todd007etodd007e Posts: 4
    after all this work... it came down to thatt the noise was from the autozone iac, i guess the holes where just differant enough to make that hum noise..which drove me nuts.. i bought the ford iac from the dealer and put it on, and BAM.. sound is now gone.. thank goodness
  • bigbug369bigbug369 Posts: 1
    edited March 2013
    I have the same problem with my car 2000 Lincoln I've repair the IAC twice and the sound is still there. I've heard it can also be the hooter hose but it seems to be in good condition. Its just a head ache and the noise is loud and annoying. Please help. I bought the part from Auto zone twice do I have to buy it from the Ford dealership.
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