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Lincoln LS Electrical/Lighting

wib64wib64 Posts: 1
I have a 33 month old LS V6 with 28,000 miles on it. I have to carry a portable jumper box with me because the battery keeps dying. Been to service 3 times but they can't seem to fix it. Last week the sun roof opened by itself - 2 hours during a snow storm. During my almost three years, car has been in the shop for a variety of electrical problems 8 or 9 times. I am currently looking to Ford to get me out of my lease but they are not interested. I attempted to trade the car in and was offered 13.5. That's some depreciation for a 39,000 car.

Anyway, i'm not asking any questions, but if anyone is reading this, NEVER BUY A LINCOLN!!!! And while it's possible that I just got a bad car, the real problem is that no one at Ford/Lincoln cares, that's the real trouble.
If you're looking for a car, get anything but a Lincoln. :lemon: :lemon:


  • trey2000trey2000 Posts: 2
    my ls is losing power. i can jump it off. it will run until i turn the radio on, or lights on. then everything goes dim and car cuts off. help
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    You need a new battery.
  • eckhardeckhard Posts: 1
    Did you ever find the cause of the electrical problem that caused the sunroof to open by itself? Did it ever recur? We had this happen this week during a rainstorm. The doors unlocked, all the windows came down, and the roof opened. Otherwise, it has been a good, reliable car.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 815
    We know early LSs were prone to heated seat element failures. I have been knocking on wood and patting myself on the back for having a 4/99 build LS that seemed immune to this issue and the others that have been documented. Well, my luck just ran out. Drivers side was cold as a stone this morning! Passenger side is still toasty. Seven years and 104,000 miles in Minnesota has finally taken it's toll.

    Anyone ever tackle the element replacement themselves?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    I think one person did, but since you have seat mounted side airbags it's risky. It's about $300 through the dealer or you can get any upholstery shop that does car seats to do it since most of the work involves removing the seat and the upholstery.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 815
    Thanks, Allen. I will do some checking with local shops who add heated seats.

    They say problems come in "3s." Let's see....COPs a couple of weeks ago.....heated seats this week.....OH, BOY! I might get to put in new power window regulators next week!! ;)

    I still can't complain - except it would have been nice if the seat heater had failed while under warranty like a lot of my fellow LS owner's did.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    Yep - most (including mine) failed within the first 2 years.

    If you need regulators you can now get just the regulator by itself for < $30 (check with Bill Jenkins at Team Ford in Las Vegas). You reuse the motor from the old one. First one takes about 2 hours to do but after that it's a 45 minute job.
  • shyoungshyoung Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 LS, and am wondering how I change the 3rd brake light bulb? I can't figure out how to get in it! 5 years and 200,000 miles isn't bad!
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230

    To change the 3rd brake light - I believe all you have to do is push down on the plastic housing and then pull it toward you. If I remember correctly there is a little step in the groove and once that is released, it should slide right off.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    I got a message stating "check right brake light". The light seems to be working for other functions but not the brake. How in gods name do you get into the compartment w/o taking off the two metal screws to get at the bulb?

    Could it be a fuse?

    Thx. Just another problem on a car that is worthless for a trade-in.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    The tail light and brake light are separate bulbs. Pull back the carpet on that side and you'll find 3 nuts. Remove the nuts and the taillight will come out and you can remove the bulbs individually.
  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    thx for your help.
  • My interior lights stay on while driving. When the car is turned off the lights go off after about 40 minutes. I could not find anything in the manual about this.
    Also My airbag light flashes all the time too?
    How often do you have to replace the cabin filter? I changed mine after 3 years and now the dealership wants to change it again. It's not cheap!!
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    Are you sure you don't have the interior lights turned on? The battery save will turn them off if you accidentally leave them on.

    The airbag light is probably the wiring harness under the driver's seat.

    You should replace the cabin filter once a year. You can buy the filters yourself from Autozone - it only takes 5 minutes to change it.
  • The interior lights are not turned on. I tried everything I could think of and the book was no help.
    It started when I opened my trunk with the remote.
    How easy is it to put a cabin filter in?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    You unfasten a few plastic rivet type connectors to remove the trim panel at the base of the windshield on the passenger side. Then you unhook the old filter, pull it out, push in the new one, hook the tabs and reinstall the trim panel. To remove the rivet type connectors, push down on the center pin until they click. To reinstall them, push the center pin up so that it sticks up above the head, put them in and push down on the center pin to lock them.

    Seriously - 5 minutes. 2 minutes if you've done it before.
  • jazzy4jazzy4 Posts: 2
    I think if you press and hold the unlock button on your key remote, your windows will come down and your sunroof will open. It's in the manual and it happened to me once.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    Our LS has 103K miles. Yesterday, the airbag light came on. After some stop and restart, I noticed that the light is blinking with this pattern; It flashes 3 times, followed by a pause, and then 2 flashes. It does this five (5) times before the light stays on constantly.

    Does anyone know what this code means?

  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    Not sure about the code but it's typically the wiring harness under the front seat. Don't remember any other details.
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    I concur. Same or similar thing happened with my light. But at about 51,000 miles. Dealer fixed it by repairing or replacing the harness under the driver seat.
  • acalaracalar Posts: 2
    Car overheats when in traffic jams. Checked everything. Needs Hydraulic fan Solenoid on Hyd pump. Will not allow fan to kick into hi speed when hot. How hard or expensive is it to convert to electric? What EXACT parts do I use to do this? Is it hard to change the hyd sol?
    Thanks for any help.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    Just remember that the whole reason they went with the hydraulic fan in 2000 was that there wasn't enough juice in the electrical system to reliably support an electric fan. They fixed that in 2003. All you need for an electric fan is a power source and a thermostat - usually comes as a kit. Not sure how you'd disable the old one though.
  • The dealer is quoting me $1,350 to replace the passenger side side airbag. Anybody have an idea if this is an acceptable price?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    Sounds high, but the only way to know is call around and get more quotes.
  • need to replace reserve radiator tank, seems easy. does anyone know different?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    It's not hard, just remove the cover to access it. You may have to drain the coolant first.
  • How do I access the brake bulb for my 02 Lincoln LS?
    I see that the trunk has a felt type cover with plugs.
    How to remove the plugs without breaking them?
    Once inside the trunk cover which are the brake lights and
    how to get them out?
    What a stupid design!!!
  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    It is actually fairly easy. You inscrew the wing nuts in the trunk and the lens coes out easily. It should take under 5 minutes to remove (2 minutes once you have done it once).
  • amilfamilf Posts: 3
    What kind the tool require to remove the interior door trim panel?
  • sweetpea4sweetpea4 Posts: 1
    My 05 Lincoln LS wont turn on! I tried to turn on my car today and the gages all went up & down and it made a weird sound. Tried again and NO RESPONSE! HELP PLEASE! What can I do? Do i try to jump start or what? By the way...dont know if this is related but it also started blowing VERY HOT air when I tried to turn on the A/C couple days ago! :confuse:
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