1990 Lincoln Continental Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1990 Lincoln Continental as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

In high dust areas, problems with the EGR system are common. The filter for the EGR solenoid may plug and cause the EGR to activate when it should not; this can cause the engine to stall. The dirty filter should be replaced to correct this concern.

Sagging suspension can be a result of air suspension struts and/or drier leaking air. These type of air leaks can lead to failure of the air suspension compressor.

Erratic engine coolant temperature or intermittent overheating can be caused by corrosion inside the water pump. The impeller may spin on the water pump shaft or the impeller may corrode. Either condition reduces coolant circulation resulting in engine overheating.


You may be able to prevent transmission problems by servicing the transmission and inspecting the fluid every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. If the fluid is dark or burned then the transmission fluid should be changed.

Checking and adjusting the AC compressor clutch air gap can extend the service life of the AC compressor.

An exhaust leak may develop in front of the catalytic converter. This type of leak should be corrected as soon a possible to avoid damaging the catalytic converter.

Worn motor mounts can cause the motor to rise during acceleration, causing a clunking noise and possibly damaging the AC hoses. Damage to the AC hoses can cause a loss refrigerant resulting in no cold air from the AC. The motor mount will need to be replaced prior to repairing the damaged hose or the problem will continue.

Corrosion can form at the grounding points near the battery. There may be electrical faults and the engine may crank but not start.

Check the battery cable ends frequently for corrosion. Corrosion can easily migrate under the cable insulation and cause numerous electrical faults and drivability issues.

When replacing the battery, make sure the battery height is correct; a battery that is too tall can cause a short circuit when the hood is closed.
To extend fuel pump life, replace the fuel filter more often than the manufacturer recommends.

There were problems with premature head gasket failure that could cause overheating problems due to coolant loss. A new head gasket design and assembly procedure was released to fix the problem.

If you experience poor running and low fuel economy after the starter has been repaired, it could indicate that an incorrect starter relay was used. A diode-suppressed starter relay may be needed.

Some of the AC hoses are exposed and may be damaged by speed bumps and parking lot blocks.

Prior to jacking or lifting a vehicle with air suspension, you must turn off the suspension switch. The switch is generally located in the trunk or on the right side of the passenger foot well.