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#252 of 261 Re: Strange '98 Town Car Electrical Issue [van_hohenheim]
Aug 01, 2012 (5:32 am)
I also have a 98 TC that is doing the same thing. It started off with car not starting and having to get jumps from people. So I automatically think alternator. I usually go to junk yards to get parts because they're a lot cheaper and always do the job. I ended up having to get 3 different alternators, because each time I installed it, I kept having the same problem. Also, after charging the battery and starting the car, I would put volt meter on battery to see if it was charging, and on all 3 of them, all I seen was the voltage dropping down until car shut off. I had a friend follow me to auto zone, jumping me a few times on the way so that I can get the alt checked just so I would know that it wasn't my car, but instead just kept getting bad alts. Auto Zone told me it was bad, so got my money back, went to next junk yard and got another alt. So now after taking on and taking off 3 different alts I was doing it again, but one from another junk yard. Did everything like every other time, I would charge the battery while I took out the old alt, and installed the newer one. And just like each time before, the car started, but this time, the volt meter was showing the amperage going up. I was happy as hell because I thought I was finally done with changing out alts. But later that day when I was driving 1st, the radio shut off, then the instrument panel, but car kept running. At night, the same thing happened, but this time after the instrument panel went out, the headlights went off too. And whenever I slow down or come to a stop, it feels like it wants to die on me. I wasn't able to find time to go back into it and try to fix it all over again, so I figured out that whenever my radio goes out, that gives me the signal to put the car in park, or neutral, and rev it up for a few seconds and then everything powers up like I put a brand new battery in it. So 2 days ago, i finally took the alt back to the junkyard and exchanged it for another one. I got so good at taking it out and putting it back in, that I took my tools with me and did it in the parking lot and had the guy come out and test the alt and it showed that it was bad, and was doing the same thing all over again with the lights, and radio going off untill I rev up the engine., but this alt was giving out less power than the one I had in the car when I got there. So, I put the other one back in, They were cool about it and gave me a full refund, and I got to keep the alt that they have me to begin with. The mechanic at the junk yard told me to take my car to auto zone and have them hook up the comp to the car and check for any errors. So I did that, and auto zone told me that there was nothing wrong with the car. So what I'm going to do now is finally buy a new alt and see if it's just been me getting bad alts this whole time. If you have come up with any solutions yet please let me know, just in case its not going to work when I put the new alt in it. If you can e-mail me with the fix, (if you've found one by now) that would be great, because I am soooo tired of extracting, and installing alts. I'm guessing they wont let you put your personal e-mail address on here, so I'll just spell it the full way. its datboiluck(at)Gmail dot com. Also I don't know if you can facebook me, because that's how I signed in, but you can also do that, and I would appreciate it so much if you told me how to fix this damn beautiful car.
#253 of 261 Re: Strange '98 Town Car Electrical Issue [datboiluck]
Aug 01, 2012 (6:35 am)
Sometimes it's simple things. Make sure your battery cable terminal connections are NEW. If you have a corroded + cable it WILL cause weird crap to happen. My car had one of those clamp on cable ends on it. Eventually the wire got so corroded underneath it wouldn't start. Had to have it jumped, etc. Thought it was the battery....I've also seen this cause really weird behavior in interior lights and instruments (recently on my son-in-law's Taurus) which made me think the battery was bad or going bad. Turned out to be a bad cable connector on that one too. I took the connector off, cut the + cable off to the point of having clean wire and put on a pig-tail you can get at most auto parts stores. Problem solved for me.
#254 of 261 Electrical problems
Nov 18, 2012 (9:24 pm)
#255 of 261 Electrical problems
Nov 16, 2012 (1:36 pm)
My car wouldn't start a few days ago. 2000 LTC. Looked under the hood and saw lots of corrosion on the positive battery post. Changed both terminals the next day and now the car starts fine, however a new problem has arisen. When I open my car door-My hazard lights begin to flash. While I'm driving the hazard lights flash for about 2 beats, cut off, then start again for another 2 beats. Also a red light is illuminated and flashing on my dash. Right behind the turn signal, to the right of the lights dim switch. It illuminates for 5 beats, pauses, then another 5 beats. Does this when the car is parked, does this when I'm driving. It wont stop flashing.
Ive disconnected and reconnected the terminals. Ive held the terminals together for 5mins. I turned the car into the on position and let it sit for 10mins. I started the car and let it idle for 10mins. These were all suggestions I found as a way of resetting the cars computer. I was told this was the reason the lights were turning on and off. None of these things worked...Any suggestion? Answers. I'll try anything at this point.Thank You.
#256 of 261 Re: Electrical problems [brenda01]
Nov 18, 2012 (9:24 pm)
Your turn signal unit is going bad. When this happens, the turn signal unit starts the inside indicators to blink intermitently. It takes about about 15 minutes to replace it. If you are handy with a screw driver, you can make the change out.
#257 of 261 Re: Electrical problems [nwraaa]
Nov 23, 2012 (6:42 pm)
Turn Signal Unit? Thats causing this? Seems so random, but Im going to have to take your word for it since no one will reply to me on the many sites of asked about this problem. Thank You NWRAA. I looked at it today and it seems like its something I could replace myself. I guess I'll try to find one at the junkyard. Hopefully this works. Its annoying driving with my hazards going on and off.
#259 of 261 Re: 1999 Lincoln Town Car Electrical Gremlins [chevy88]
Mar 28, 2013 (6:12 pm)
I have the same similar problem if not the same exact problem, I have put a new batterie as well as alternator in my TC. Now it won't turn over, no dash indicators. Just a click from the hood fuse box area....what should be the solution?
#260 of 261 Seat heat problem
Apr 05, 2013 (4:36 pm)
My 2003 Town Car has a problem. The driver's side seat heat doesn't work. The doorside switch indicates that it is turned on, but no heat. Neither high nor low setting. Any ideas?
Apr 10, 2013 (10:34 am)
Could be the heating pad. They go south. The connector sometimes melts too. All you can do is follow the circuit with a test light. I can't remember if they have a relay or not.