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Most reported 1998 Lincoln Town Car problems

 

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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.

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The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

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

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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.

 

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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.

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Do not use air filters with oil-coated elements. They may cause premature failure of the mass air flow sensor; this is not covered under the warranty.

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Vibration caused by the air compressor for the air suspension can be solved by installing an insulator kit at the air compressor mounting points.
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Checking and adjusting the AC compressor clutch air gap can extend the service life of the AC compressor.

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Even though the manufacturer does not call for regular servicing, our technicians recommend servicing the power steering fluid regularly.

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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.

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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.
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A vacuum leak from the PCV grommet vacuum leak can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The molded rubber hose connections may crack and collapse, causing the vehicle to run roughly. A damaged PCV hose will require replacement.

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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.

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

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The EGR tube may plug causing the EGR system to not function at all. As a result, engine pinging may be noted and the vehicle can fail mandated emissions testing.

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