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  • memo777
    memo777 - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 7/31/2011
    Is it normal for the radiator fan not to spin some times
    it only spins when i push the gas pedal
    • Jimm
      7/31/2011 Jimm
      Yes, typically the radiator fan has a fan clutch or fan motor that spins (engages) during higher temperature conditions. When the engine temperature is lower or the air flow is higher - such at highway speeds - then the fan clutch will disengage the fan.
      7/31/2011 memo777
      thank you very much
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/31/2011 HouseCallAuto
      No, this is not right at all. You have a bad fan clutch. The fan blades do change the rotational speed dependent upon temperature, but at no time, I say NO TIME should the fan blade not be spinning or spinning so slowly that you can count the revolutions.
  • hump
    hump - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 7/31/2011
    What is the cause of smokin when you push the gas
  • Sal
    Sal - 2004 Lincoln Aviator - Preventive Maintenance - 7/27/2011
    Besides signal lights bolts and flasher, what else can cause the signal lights not to function from time to time?
    I changed all the signal lights bolts, and signal light flasher, so far the hazard lights do not work properly and the signal lights freeze from time to time
    • Jimm
      7/27/2011 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty hazard flasher, faulty turn signal switch (on the steering column), faulty wiring or connection (corroded / loose) in the light circuit.
  • tim
    tim - 1996 Lincoln Continental - Preventive Maintenance - 7/26/2011
    How to fix my wiper blades direction?
    when i turn off my wiper it stays up in the off position.
    • Spoon Sports
      7/26/2011 Spoon Sports
      Well, id try this simple solution first there is a clip just above the splines when you take the wiper off you pull the wiper up off the window as far as it will go and pull that clip out a little bit, this allows you to remove the wiper, but it also leaves the wiper standing up, pull slightly toward yourself with the blade and push the clip in, should fall right down on the window.

      Of course, you can tell me in detail how the wiper behaves aside from the stuck in the up position.
  • kirchner
    kirchner - 1997 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 7/26/2011
    How to locate and take out oxygen sensor?
    had this replaced once before,
  • Miguel R.
    Miguel R. - 2006 Lincoln Navigator - Preventive Maintenance - 7/10/2011
    How can i tell if my problem is a bad battery, or an alternator
    somtimes my truck will start, but many times i need a buster
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/10/2011 HouseCallAuto
      If it is the original battery it is no good. probability is 100%. Batteries have a typical life of 3 to 6 years, typical failure is at year 4 or 5 and this is what happens. if your alternator was bad you would have a light on and it would stall the engine while you were driving at some point after the jump start.
    • jamieap
      7/10/2011 jamieap
      get it checked at an auto-part store, some do it free
  • jackie
    jackie - 2001 Lincoln LS - Preventive Maintenance - 7/9/2011
    What is B1994 driverside mnt abc open circuit
    driver airbag high res/circuit what does this mean
    0 answer
  • lew
    lew - 2008 Lincoln MKZ - Preventive Maintenance - 7/2/2011
    I never see where it says to drain and flush engine coolant. is it still done?
    • Jimm
      7/2/2011 Jimm
      Yes, the engine coolant and cooling system clean and flush should completed as preventive maintenance according to the recommended intervals per your vehicle manual
      7/4/2011 lew
      thanks but, theres no mention in the OM or on Ford's fleet maint. web site
  • jim
    jim - 2001 Lincoln LS - Preventive Maintenance - 6/30/2011
    Trouble light says change ac filter soon.
    where is this filter located? can i change this?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Then replace the a/c filter. Open hood. Remove the two part pin-type retainers and separate the velcro attachment of the rubber hinge cover to the rear outboard corner of the cowl vent screen. Pull up on the cowl vent screen to release the lower clips and remove the right side of the cowl vent screen, push on the right corner of the filter to release the clip. Release the left clip and remove the cabin air filter. Install cabin air filter, reverse removal procedure.
  • jim webber
    jim webber - 1992 Lincoln Continental - Preventive Maintenance - 6/28/2011
    Dcl warning light comes on. ?
  • Tonya Sanders
    Tonya Sanders - 1999 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 6/24/2011
    Suspenion light is on
    put a new suspension air pump on car, but the light is still on.
    • Spoon Sports
      6/24/2011 Spoon Sports
      It depends on when the light start to appear again, is it

      45 secs?
      90 secs?

      Depending on the time there are different reasons

      After the ignition is turned off, then back on again, it will try it again. If the module still detects a problem, it will turn the light on and shut down the system again and will continue to do until the fault is repaired.

      1) The problem could be a bad sensor

      2) A bad vent solenoid in the compressor

      3) A bad solenoid in the air springs

      4) In the wiring

      5) Although pretty rare, even a module

      45 secs

      1) Most likely the vent solenoid has corroded badly and no longer functions properly (very common Town Car problem)

      2) A damaged or clogged dryer

      3) A crimp or restriction in one or more air lines

      If the vehicle does have a corroded vent solenoid, and the moisture problem is not addressed, the moisture stands a very good chance of damaging the replacement compressor. How long the replacement compressor lasts depends on how much moisture is in the system.

      Moisture can effectively be taken care of by replacing the dryer several times in a 6 month period, then once a year.

      90 secs

      Leaking air springs

      2) A bad compressor

      3) Compressor relay

      4) Although rare, even a module.

      5) Basically anything that will slow down the flow of air in or out of the system

      You need to see if the compressor comes on for "up to" 90 seconds after the ignition is turned on. If it doesn't come on, you should find out if the big red wire on the compressor has power during this 90 second period. If you have power at the big red wire at the compressor, but it doesn't run, replace the compressor. If the compressor IS coming on, you may have a leak in the system and the leak(s) maybe leaking more air than the compressor can put back in.

      Then i believe you need to troubleshoot to get to the bottom of it.

      Relief Valves

      A Lincoln Town Car's air suspension uses a small, separate air compressor under the driver’s side left fenderwell, and air lines run to the air bags. On top of each air bag is a electrical valve that serves as a relief valve that allows air to be exhausted when activated. The valve senses the amount of air pressure within the air bag to keep both sides equal. These valves are operated via a leveling sensor that is attached to the body of the car and to the rear axle by a movable arm. When the rear of the car drops because of an increased load, the arm is pushed up, turning on the air compressor and filling the air bags to level the car. When the load is removed and the arm moves down, indicating that the back of the car has risen, the sensor opens the valve on the air bags and allows air to escape, lowering the car.

      Air-Suspension Switch

      If the back of the car is low, indicating that the air suspension is not working, and the air suspension light is on, check the fuse. If the fuse is all right, make sure the air-suspension switch in the trunk is on. This switch is used when the car is in for service. Always turn off the switch before lifting the car, because the sensor will think the car is rising and keep the air bag valves open, ruining the rear air suspension.
      Switch Terminals

      Turn the ignition key with the engine off, and listen for the compressor to come on while pushing down on the rear bumper. If it does not come on, test the switch terminals for power with a circuit tester. If one terminal has power and the other does not, replace the switch.

      If there is power, turn the switch to the "Off" position, raise the vehicle and place it on jack stands in the rear. Inspect the leveling switch on the axle, making sure it is not bent and is connected. Use an ohmmeter for this test. Pull the electrical connector off the switch. Loosen the arm of the switch from the axle. Test the switch with the ohmmeter by checking across both terminals while slowly moving the arm. There should be no continuity with the arm down. As the arm is raised, there should be continuity. If not, replace the switch. If there was continuity, connect the arm and the electrical connector.

      Check for Power

      Put a floor jack under the axle and raise the axle so it is just beginning to lift the car off the jack stand. Turn on the ignition. Turn the air suspension switch to the "On" position. Use the circuit tester to check for power at the leveling switch. If there is power, turn the air-suspension switch to "Off" and lower the car.

      Access the air compressor in the front, under the hood, and check the electrical connector for power. If there is power, check for a good ground. If both are good, replace the compressor. If the compressor works and the car does not rise in the back, replace the air bags.
  • Jerry
    Jerry - 2001 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 6/23/2011
    Why does my airbag warning light come on and flash 3 times when i first start the engine and then continues glowing?
    The light will continue to glow until the engine is shut off.
    • yboy82
      6/23/2011 yboy82
      Did you already diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine what the stored trouble code is? Your vehicle have 2 TSB for your airbag. You should check it out, it might help you with your vehicle's problem.
    • yboy82
      6/23/2011 yboy82
      2001 Lincoln Town Car Air Bags Service Bulletin 72341
      NHTSA: Action Number: 630134 Service Bulletin Number: 72341

      Report Date:
      Jan 01, 2002Component:
      Air Bags

      Summary: Some vehicles may exhibit an airbag lamp on with diagnostic trouble code b2295 (side air
      bag status - passenger seat side air bag circuit fault) or b2296 (impact sensor status - front impact severity sensor circuit fault) in memory. *tt
    • yboy82
      6/23/2011 yboy82
      2001 Lincoln Town Car Air Bags Service Bulletin 190903
      NHTSA: Action Number: 618581 Service Bulletin Number: 190903

      Report Date:
      Sep 01, 2000Component:
      Air Bags

      Summary: On some vehicles, it may be possible for the restraint control module (rcm) to inadvertently activate an airbag or safety belt pre-tensioner while starting the engine. Ford motor company will install a revised rcm. *jb
  • Willie
    Willie - 2005 Lincoln Aviator - Preventive Maintenance - 6/21/2011
    How do you do you do a tuneup, and what does it consist of?
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/21/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Willie, your question makes me very nervous about you working on this vehicle. This tune-up is only for experienced DIY types. But, to answer part of the question, a tune-up on this '05 Lincoln would consist of 8 new spark plugs (Motorcraft platinum) and 8 new coil boots, a new air filter and a new fuel filter and cleaning the throttle body interior. If the engine service light is on or was on you have to also check for stored fault codes before you begin replacing anything. As far as the how to do the tune up? I do not know how to answer that. use a repair manual that has the steps and pictures.
  • Don Houser
    Don Houser - 1994 Lincoln Town Car - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2011
    Can you use new A/C hoses with 3 O-rings on 2 O-ring system?
    I am rebuilding the Air Condition on my 1994 Lincoln Town Car 4.6 engine . After buying all the new hoses it has 3 o-rings. Will it work on the old 2 O-ring system? Or will it fit ?
    • Jimm
      6/18/2011 Jimm
      Are the hoses you purchased for the same application, vehicle, and air conditioning system? Sometimes, a design change / part upgrade will appear slightly different than the original OEM-style parts. Try to check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; and compare the parts, part numbers and descriptions to determine the interchangability.
  • lew
    lew - 2008 Lincoln MKZ - Preventive Maintenance - 6/15/2011
    Where is the cabin air filter located?
    • yboy82
      6/15/2011 yboy82
      You can access it when you remove your glove compartment.
      6/16/2011 lew
      thank you