1992 lincoln towncar dead as a door nail

Old 01-11-08, 06:12 PM
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1992 lincoln towncar dead as a door nail

Help!! Drove my 1992 town car. Turned it off. Came back in about 30 minutes and nothing on the car works...Nothing...no lights, no keyless entry, it wont crank - totally unresponsive. Any ideas?
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When you have that broad a power loss start with the battery, cable/cable connections at both ends, fuseable links, then relays. You'll probably find something by that point.

Hope this helps,

Old 01-12-08, 07:36 AM
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Agree with Bob. A badly corroded battery terminal will often do that; one day it just up and decides not to pass any more juice past all the corrosion. Just got a lady going the other day who thought she needed a jump; cleaned her terminals and it started on its own.
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If that isn't it, it definitely could be the battery. Used to run a Sears Diehard in my Jeep CJ5. Got in it one day spun the engine, went to the store, about 5 miles, got back in and absolutely nothing. Guy at Sears said "that's why they call them Diehards....they die hard".
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Batteries have been known to die suddenly if they have an internal short. All the previous advise is good info. How old is your battery? Generally, the older they are the more likely a build up inside the battery will short the cells out.
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Isn't it also true about a certain bad battery condition, like a short, that even if it reads 12 volts that it still might not start?

If that is true, everyone needs to know that, as then a voltmeter test by someone who thinks they are handy and can simply use such a simnple test, may be fooling themselves.

If this is true, any good way, other than taking your battery out and to a garage to have them load test it, for the vehicle owner to use some other testing method in his driveway?

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