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Lincoln LS, Sedan
#51 of 794 Schneider, read this
Sep 30, 2003 (2:52 pm)
Did you get your car fixed?
We seem to be having the same problem. I just noticed that when the car temp starts climbing, turning on the heat for about 30 seconds makes everything fine the rest of trip. As mentioned earlier, there probably is an air pocket. I'm suspecting that by turning on the heat and opening the heater core passage, the air pocket is moved to a nonharmful location.
#52 of 794 I Was Directed. . .
Oct 07, 2003 (5:41 pm)
to this discussion a few weeks ago when I mentioned elsewhere that my LS was overheating.
I have a reputation as a malcontent, and it's well deserved. I bought my LS because I wanted a quasi-luxury sedan with a manual transmission, and hoped for decent reliability. My warranty ran out in June, when I hit 50K miles, with three years on the car.
The overheating "issue" turned out to be the hydraulic fan, which ran at only the lowest speed. As has been explained to me recently, the hydraulic system is preferred because it allows continuously-variable speed for the fan with relatively less noise. Excellent. However, when it breaks, it's an $800 fix. Mine broke. Yours may as well.
The other good news is that I was able to exercise my "after warranty adjustment" to get the cost down to $150.
#53 of 794 My Overheated LS
Nov 04, 2003 (4:13 pm)
My 2000 V8 LS has been exhibiting the mystery overheating recently, too. Over the past two weeks, the temp gauge would redline, the messages started beeping to check the engine temp, and the auto power reduction feature kicked in, and then all systems would return to normal. This happened 3 times.
Yesterday, after driving the car around town all morning, the temp redlined again, but did not come back down. My warranty expired in August with less than 50,000 miles. I just dropped the car off at the dealer.
What could it be? I looked up the recall info on the 2000 LS thermostats, and my build date falls within the recall timeline. The dealer flushed and replaced the fluid in my cooling system just before the temp started acting funny--could be air in the system.
We'll see how bad it is.
I want to say that my Lincoln has been trouble-free, but that hasn't been the case. This is the most recent of an annoying series of repairs made to my car in the 18 months I have owned it. (I bought my LS used.)
Although it is a dream to drive, I'm not sure that it is worth the trouble, time and money it takes.
Nov 04, 2003 (5:13 pm)
Please let me know if this turns out to be the hydraulic fan. I need to know what's coming up in my future.
The sad fact is that once something breaks once, it's likely to break twice. The whole rest of the car can be fine, but if one of the key systems is suspect, it's much more likely that you'll be beside the road rather than enjoying it.
Thanks in advance.
Nov 06, 2003 (12:10 pm)
I would suspect that when the dealer flushed your system, they didn't purge it properly. I had the same sysmptoms as everyone else. Had the dealer purge it and problem gone.
Nov 07, 2003 (12:38 pm)
I picked up my LS--the dealer said that I had a loose vaccum hose that was causing the fuel mixture to run lean, which in turn was causing the engine to overheat. They found this out by computer, since they could not reproduce the overheating condition. Cost $176.00 to fix, since the warranty is expired.
The car runs beautifully now.
#57 of 794 Excellent News. . .
Nov 07, 2003 (1:02 pm)
macwest. It's nice when simple fixes make what could be major problems go away.
I was hoping for something like a thermostat replacement for my car, but it was not to be.
Glad it worked out, and thanks for reporting back.
#58 of 794 '00 Lincoln LS V8 Hydraulic Fan Pump :-(
Nov 17, 2003 (4:32 pm)
Have a 00 V8 and the Hydraulic Pump for the engine fan sprung a leak (yup its hydraulic from the same folks that brought us the dip-stick-less trans) Dealer quoted $450.00 for the pump with assorted plastic parts and said pump only not available. Anyone know where I can pick up a pump??
Nov 18, 2003 (6:06 am)
I haven't dug into this sytem...
You sure it's the pump, not the fan's hydraulic motor? I was under the impression that the pump fed both the cooling fan and steering. Maybe not.
Anyway, check local salvage yards first, then try www.fordpartsnetwork.com
#60 of 794 Heated seats
Nov 18, 2003 (7:16 pm)
Someone posted that starting with the 2003 models the heated seats are no longer heated electricly. Just how are they heated?