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#236 of 256 91 town car hiccup and CEL??
Jul 01, 2010 (1:53 pm)
I get the check engine light when I put the cruise on and start going up hill.It'll choke a little or hesitate,the the light.It goes off after a while and all is normal again.Throttle body or throttle position sensor maybe??Tune up??What do you all think?( It also happens under normal acceleration without the cruise)
#237 of 256 Re: Water leak [tcguy3]
Dec 27, 2010 (5:47 pm)
I have found the water leak problem for a 2004 Towncar. I had water on the front pax side and rear pax side floor mat area. Both were wet from underneath. I took out both seats and middle console and pulled up the carpet. I was shocked to find pool of water underneath the carpet in the footwells of each Pax front and rear sides. The carpet was soaked a lot deeper then it seemed from the top. The carpet is thick for comfort but also acts like a sponge when water gets inside the frame. Pulled out all carpet and inside is empty down to the frame now. There are drains on the bottom of each foot well in the car (Front has 2 drains each side and rear has one each side. You can pull up the rubber stopper and let water drain out of the car frame. Which I did for the remaining water...
I then sat inside the car and had my dad run the water from a hose over the car.. nothing from the side or doors.. then the windshield. Nothing from the drivers side but when he hit the pass side. water was pouring in on the pass foot side .. I inspected more and found the water is coming in from the heater vent to the engine block located right next to the windshield.
Looking inside the hood and taking apart the windshield rain guard. I found the problem. It is the seal around the heater vent. It had lost its adhesive and was not tight. I believe this may possibly be a manufacturer defect and will be calling my local Lincoln dealer to look into further.
I will update their reply.. which will be out of warranty u are on your own but worth a shot..
#238 of 256 Re: Water leak [jasonlabtec]
Dec 28, 2010 (6:50 am)
I have a 1999 Town Car and had the same problem when I purchased it used a few years ago- the water was leaking from the fresh air vent which is located in the engine compartment below the windshield in front of the front passenger- I purchased a new gasket and silicone from the ford dealer, did the repair which didn't take too long and it's never been wet again. The symptoms were the same as yours- wet on the passenger side footwell which eventually makes it way to the back of the car on the same side. I never took out the carpets like you did but I did remove the rubber plugs underneath and aired the car out thoroughly- when I did the repair someone else advised me to use a less permanent type of sealer so that if it leaked again, it could be taken apart again-which is good advice! I couldn't find that stuff so I used the silicone that the Ford dealer recommended.
#239 of 256 Re: Water leak [robkstone1]
Dec 28, 2010 (7:22 am)
I had that issue on my 99 and it was water coming thru the firewall at the hood release cable.The issue under the hood on the passenger side by the fresh air vent is a common one with these cars going back to the early 90's.I ripped out my interior as well to dry it out.Once the area around the cable was sealed there were no more leak issues.My current Lincoln,2006,has had no such issues.I just wish they would put more power into these things.The newer versions have other annoying issues like the armrest door that keeps coming off it's hinges or various noises when shutting down.
#240 of 256 Re: Water leak [99towncarexec]
Dec 29, 2010 (6:23 am)
I think Lincoln(Ford) has missed the boat on this- Having rebadged Mazdas isn't the answer to discontinuing the Town Car. It wouldn't take much to give this(the present Town Car) vehicle some updated styling, stiffen the chassis, a 6 spd. automatic transmission to improve the mileage, additional horsepower, some additional luxury features like better carpeting, real wood, independent rear suspension, maybe a hybrid powertrain a la Lexus(since a lot of these vehicles sit in traffic waiting for their paying passengers) and lo and behold you'd have competition for the likes of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes Benz, BMW & Audi. The europeans are totally dominating this class which America used to be so strong. It's a pity!
#241 of 256 Re: Leaking Trunk Lid [silverton]
Mar 12, 2011 (7:56 am)
I too have the same problem, Only after a while the rain water gets under the "carpet" in the trunk and now smells of old mouldy water and it permeates into the main passenger area. I too get the brush off from Lincoln dealers "Old car, Old problem" I ripped out all the "carpet" and washed it down with Ammonia and then sprayed with Febreze, so, anyway, whats up with that?
#242 of 256 Re: Leaking Trunk Lid [nobby21]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Mar 12, 2011 (8:01 am)
Here are some ideas to help get rid of residual odor, if you've now gotten the mold/mildew out of the carpet - I wish I could help you figure out where the water's coming in, but you might try our water leaks general discussion.
To help absorb any remaining interior moisture, leave some charcoal briquettes in the car for a few days
Tip 1: Buy a carton of baking soda & pour half of it into a small container - a travel mug works well. Anything that won't tip or spill will do the job. Leave it open in your car for a few weeks as you drive around, then throw it away.
Tip 2: Vinegar removes a wide variety of odors. Soak a rag or piece of bread in vinegar, or just put vinegar into a container that won't spill and leave it open in the car until the smell dissipates. You can accelerate the process:
1. Put vinegar into an open container and place on the front passenger side floor
2. Close the car windows and turn the car on with heat full blast, floor vents only
3. Leave the car/heat running for 30 minutes to 1 hour
If you leave an open container in your car with windows up on a hot summer's day, you may achieve the same effect.
Keeping your car smelling fresh:
- Put a handful of coffee beans into a cloth pouch under one of the seats
- Keep a fabric softener dryer sheet under each seat
- Put fresh citrus peels in a container in your car and leave them until they dry out
#243 of 256 Re: Leaking Trunk Lid [nobby21]
Mar 12, 2011 (8:09 am)
The leak could be coming from,of all places,the firewall where the hood release cable goes thru.That's where mine was.Another area is behind the glove box where the cabin filter sits.Water gets in under the hood cowl,passenger side.Take that off or look behind the glove box.If it's wet,there you go.Mine was wet and I had water coming in thru the firewall.
Nov 06, 2011 (6:24 pm)
On the passenger side, under the hood near the firewall/windshield. All the way to the left side on the plastic assembly that houses the vent intake, there's a water outlet with a rubber flap on the end. That was plugged up with dirt and leaves. Clean it out so the water can drain, else the water fills up and goes into the vent.
#245 of 256 Lincoln Towncar water leak in passenger floor board
Jan 03, 2012 (6:09 pm)
I bought a 2004 towncar. Under the carpet in front floor board,passenger side was full of water. I opened glove box and had my wife to pore water from outside around the cowl. Water was coming from what looked like above heater box, leaking on top of heater box. I sealed underneath the cowl, under the bolts, gaskets, etc. Had wife to pore water the next day, after sealant dried, no leak at the same place. Let car stand out in rain(hard rain) with carpet still pulled back, floor board was not wet. Dried out carpet. Put the carpet back down, drove car for 2 weeks found water in floor board again. Took car to car wash with carpet pulled back, ran through car wash, no water in floor board. Must be small leak somewhere under the rubber backing of firewall that I can't see. Rubber backing seems to get wet under it, but not enought to puddle in floor board. Seems to be on extreme right side corner of rubber padding. Seems wet as far as I can feel up underneath it. No water under the kickplate. I need some expert advice on this. Should I reseal the cowl again? I don't think it is coming from there again. any suggestions