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#1050 of 1123 2006 Lincoln Towncar Ac Problems
Aug 08, 2012 (6:54 am)
I have a very annoying problem. My air conditioning works fine in dry weather however, when it starts raining, the air conditioner starts blowing warm air.
This will also happen when I take my car thru a carwash.
After 10 or 15 minutes when it stops raining all of a sudden the ac is blowing cool air again.
This happens all the time when it rains. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#1051 of 1123 Jittery Ride On 2004 Town Car Ultimate limited
Aug 25, 2012 (9:24 pm)
Recently traded for this car, had a 2005 Town Car Signature with 10,000 more miles and fewer features. The 2004 has a very jittery ride compared to the 2005 that I previsiously owned. The dealership did a four wheel alignment to try to correct the ride quality but without success.
Wondered if there are other ways to produce a better ride quality in the 2004? When I bought the
2004 assumed there was too much air in the tires but that and the dealer provided alignment have not corrected the problem. What other diagnostics can be done to find and correct this problem?
All suggestions and owner comments appreciated.
Aug 26, 2012 (5:44 am)
As in you go over a pebble and the whole car bounces??That's suspension issues. If that's not what it does,your problem could be tires..
#1053 of 1123 Re: Jittery Ride On 2004 Town Car Ultimate limited [bremertong]
Aug 26, 2012 (6:12 pm)
1)Check tire pressure with your own gauge. All should be the same.
2) Look at wear pattern on tires. Even ?
3) Check shocks -- bounce on each corner, pumping up & down & release... Should be same all around, Usually no more than 1 1/2 up and down after release.
4) problem with power steering?
5) Try dropping tire pressure by 5 and recheck ride. Could be related to replacement tires.
6) any pulling to side with accelerating or breaking?
7) air suspension?
8) How many actual miles? Carfax history - wrecks?
#1054 of 1123 Re: Jittery Ride On 2004 Town Car Ultimate limited [bremertong]
Aug 26, 2012 (7:56 pm)
If the 04 sat for a long time, flat spots could develop on the tires. Try a new set of Michelin Symetrys. They improved the ride on our TC.
#1055 of 1123 Re: Jittery Ride On 2004 Town Car Ultimate limited [edc60]
Aug 29, 2012 (9:11 pm)
Thank you and every one else for your replies, they are very much appreciated.
Car Fax came back fine with no accidents reported and two previous owners, actual score was 92 which I am told is very good.
Was at the dealership today. In that my 2005 car was still there we took a ride in both cars and compared the ride. The 2005 is a bit more floaty but not jittery
as the 2004 Ultimate is. the tires were at 32 front and 35 back and I put them back to 35, front and back as I had them on the 05 model. The service department did a diagnostic check to see if there were any stored error codes and did a reset and suggested this might help in that the adaptive feature might
adapt to my driving habits. Also mentioned that the transmission fluid might
not have been changed at 30,000 miles (car now has 43,000 miles on it).
The tires are near new and look to be the same tire that was on the car when new, white wall Michelins. This might need another check. The shocks were previously checked when I first mentioned the ride quality and were said to be okay.
I am to drive for a week or so and get back to the service department for followup. Looks like the makings of a detective mystery in that there is no substantive clue as to what the problem is. Any follow up suggestions appreciated and will pass along to the dealership on subsequent visits.
Many thanks for the input and suggestions.
Aug 30, 2012 (3:22 am)
Have you checked the manufacture date code on each tire and the sidewalls for dry rot? If they are the original tires from 2005, assuming the tire manufacured date is 2005, they may be timing out even though the tread looks good. I had one front original tire that had not been replaced and when it was replaced, the "funny" ride went away. It had dry rot in several places on the sidewall of that tire. The other tires were ok having been replaced earlier.
Aug 30, 2012 (3:41 am)
It could just be the difference between 04-05.See what changes FORD did to the car,if any and perhaps that will solve the mystery.
#1058 of 1123 Re: Jittery Ride On 2004 Town Car Ultimate limited [bremertong]
Aug 30, 2012 (9:20 am)
May want to check "MAX TIRE PRESSURE " on tire. Used to be 32lbs on auto tires, higher on trucks. Space Saver spare sometimes 65 lbs.
Use that as a hard limit.
Do NOT use a higher cold temp pressure than the Max on the tire.... Over pressure can cause internal separation of tires.
Higher pressure will cause harsher ride and change handling.
Uneven pressure can cause pulling to one side or another.
#1059 of 1123 Re: Dated Tires [mstauffer]
Aug 31, 2012 (8:58 pm)
Date on the tires is March 2010 so they were changed about two years ago.
I may ask the dealer ship to recheck that the tires re the right ones for this car but I believe they are.