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#121 of 274 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins
Dec 05, 2009 (1:44 pm)
My 1999 Town Car just started running the battery down. The battery is only a year old and I had the electrical system checked at Pep Boys(everything checked out normal). Just to be sure about the battery (Florida kills batteries) I had a new Bosch battery installed yesterday. This morning I go to get in the car and it's dead again. I can't see where I left anything on, no lights and all doors are closed. When I turn on the ignition, the dash lights flash wierdly, then appear to go normal. Upon ignition it just clicks. The engine will jump start. I have an aftermarket stereo which was installed a couple of years ago by Auto Safe and Sound. The unit has an external Sirius tuner which appears to have stopped working about the same time the anomolies started. I'm going to charge the battery and disconnect the Sirius tuner. Any other ideas?
#122 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [w9r1]
Dec 05, 2009 (6:42 pm)
You need to put an ammeter in series with the battery, and start pulling fuses until you see the draw go away, then isolate whatever is on that circuit until you find the problem.
#123 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [acdii]
Dec 05, 2009 (7:18 pm)
Well now I'm beginning if I have a battery problem at all. Hooked up a jump box to the battery, all the starter would do is click. Hooked up the battery tender to charge the battery overnight and it indicated the battery was fully charged. Does anybody know if the starter solenoid on these starters is replaceable or if the whole starter has to be replaced? Anybody replaced a starter on one of these engines? Any gotchas?
#124 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [w9r1]
Dec 05, 2009 (8:09 pm)
The starter change-out is not tricky. However, this starter usually makes some unusual noises and does not turn the engine over quickly before it quits. It gives some indication that it is going-out. When you were checking the battery, did you do anything like turn the headlights on and try to operate the power windows, blow the horn, or operate the trunk release? If for some reason the starter motor resistance is high, it takes more battery power to turn it over.
#125 of 274 Re: 95' TC Chimin', power on without keys [unclewip]
Jan 13, 2010 (12:30 am)
was wondering if you ever resolved your problem
#126 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [nwraaa]
Jan 13, 2010 (5:33 am)
Just thought I'd post a followup....My problem turned out to be a bad + battery cable. Sometimes the simple and most obvious is overlooked.
#127 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [w9r1]
Jan 13, 2010 (7:09 am)
Thanks for the concern....I went on forever, eventually I went to the dealer and paid over $400 to check the system. It was the digital clock that caused this Gremlin, that hasn't worked in the past three years!!....Hopefully this info will benefit another proud Lincoln owner!....Feel free to send me royalties to help soften the blow...
#128 of 274 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [unclewip]
Jan 17, 2010 (7:33 am)
thanks for mentioning the clock i unplugged the clock which it hadn't worked for a long time my alarm now works and the door is not dinging when there is no key in it
and my baterry is not dying
#129 of 274 faulty alarm
Jan 18, 2010 (9:00 am)
After locking my 2004 tc,the alarm will go off(sometimes it may be delayed 3-5 min.
I tried manual locking also ,but it still alarms.Any suggestions?
#130 of 274 Re: faulty alarm [jshaw3]
Jan 18, 2010 (9:51 am)
Sounds like a short in the door lighting circuit. The passive alarm works if you lock the doors with the ignition off, using the remote or the keypad, and sometimes if you lock the door before closing it. Any of these acts will set the passive alarm. If you are sitting in the car and use the remote to lock the doors, and then open the door without first unlocking it with the remote, you will trigger the alarm. I am guessing that one of the doors has a faulty door open switch, they may be combo switches, one for the light, the other for door ajar, and a short in one of these could be triggering the alarm. I had a problem on a 2000 Grand Marquis where the interior lights would come on all by themselves, turned out to be the keypad, it had a small hole in it, and when it got wet, would short out and turn the lights on. It never triggered the alarm though, so I dont think that is the case on yours.