We all have different preferences when it comes to choosing what we think is the best vehicle; talk about individual differences. Some of us prefer the sleek appearance of a sports car, some prefer the serene features of a simple, compact car, some the functions of an SUV or van, and some prefer trucks and pickups. But, if you prefer the classical appeals of vehicles that have designs you can trace back in the 50's; it's not impossible to find one, Lincoln's Town Car is a good choice. The traditional American luxury sedan that it is, you'll find the Town Car roomy and comfortable; what with its spacious seating and trunk that can provide you with apt storage. Most Town Car owner are happy to have them, thus there are many owners that never gets tired of maintaining them. Hence, Lincoln Town Car parts are available widely in the market; to provide for the needs of those owners and enthusiasts who like their Town Car to always look its best.
The Town Car was first introduced in the market in 1959 by Lincoln. It was a special, limousine-like version of the standard Continental and was available only in black; it carried an identifiable unique padded vinyl top which was rare at that time. The Town Car received several redesigns and modifications throughout; in 2003 it got the hood ornament back. This year also marked the last year of the Lincoln Town Car's Cartier trim package; it was designated "Ultimate" in 2004. The Town Car also dominated the US limousine market with its separate chassis production that made it easier to produce than the unibody construction. Powered by a V8 engine and having a rear-wheel-drive layout, the Town Car gives a traditional almost classical feel not to mention its being luxurious, smooth and stable. And with these, many owners keep a good deal of liking the Town Car and if you're one of them and needs replacements or parts for upgrades and restyling; the market offers a great deal of them.
Quality parts such as engines, wheels, exhausts, transmissions, brakes, doors, locks, handles, catalytic converters, fuel system parts, radiators, wipers, air filters, shock absorbers, steering wheels, starters, etc for Town Car are available in the market in different types and kinds. You will find part in different designs, colors, sizes, shapes, materials and finishes depending on the trim package and the model year of Town Car you've got for replacements. OEM parts, aftermarket parts, factory original parts, performance replacement parts or even used Town Car parts are also available among your choices.
FAQs—Lincoln Town Car
How will I know if the cruise control servo is already toast or some other parts of the system are broken? My Lincoln Town Car's cruise control (1999 model) has been acting up. The lights won't come on, and when I activate the controls, they won't work.
The switches for the cruise control on your Lincoln are activated through the power from the horn relay, so the first thing that should be checked is the horn to see if the problem is caused by a defective relay or fuse. The pins should be tested for power to see if all it needs is a wire fix or horn replacement. If the horn switch works, the cruise control fuses must be inspected. The wiring connection for the servo should be examined as well to trace where the problem in the system lies. Electrical connections are tested using a multi-meter. A code scanner or a similar diagnostic tool may be used to pinpoint the trouble.
The cruise control servo is probably toast if the system didn't show any obvious trouble in the tests. A defective clockspring or bad switch, however, may be blamed for the cruise control failure if the system failed the button tests. The brake pedal switch must be checked if the orange wire didn't seem to be getting any power supply. In case the white wire didn't receive any power during the test, the problem may lie on the fuse, wiring, or ignition switch.
How should I adjust the parking brake of my Lincoln Town Car? A friend says that it can be adjusted through the cable, while someone from work suggested that I should adjust it through the brake shoe. Which is the right way?
The parking brake adjustment can be done through the cable adjuster and the brake shoe adjuster. Look for the front cable attachment to the rear cables to locate the cable adjuster. For the shoe adjuster, it can be found in the rear disc's integral drum. It would be easier if you adjust the cable first. Adjust the shoes if it turns out there's still no adequate holding power. You may have to use a brake shoe tool for the brake shoe adjustment. Without one, the shoes should be moved in a way that it fits the drums. The drum should be able to slip on and off freely. To adjust the shoes, you have to get hold of the adjuster wheel through the backing plate. Turn the wheel carefully.
My Town Car (2000 model year) misfires a lot. It used to run well, but now, it seems to consume more gas and runs poorly. What could be the problem? I'm wondering if this could be because of a faulty spark plug? Do I need to replace it? I've already checked the EGR valve, which seems fine.
Run a scan test to figure out which cylinder is misfiring. To fix the problem, some had to replace a fuel pump and fuel filter or other fuel system parts, which can cause the engine to run roughly. Don't replace any spark plug or any fuel system part yet until you've completed the diagnosis and have traced the problem to a defective part. If you must, get the service of a qualified technician to find out the underlying cause.
Lincoln Town Car: The Epitome of Sedan Luxury
The Lincoln Town Car, produced from 1981 to 2011, held the title as North America’s epitome of a luxury sedan. It had great interiors that would make six passengers enjoy a ride anywhere, making the model the most-used chauffeured car and converted limousine in the US. However, years of improvement in the specs game made an overwhelming impact, and the model was unable to successfully defend its throne, which slowly made it less endearing to consumers. Despite this effect, the Lincoln Town Car had a gentle metamorphosis that spanned three generations.
1981 – 1989: A smaller, luxurious sedan
Adopting the Panther platform, the initial releases of the Lincoln Town Car operated with a rear-wheel drive. The models were characterized as smaller versions of full-size luxury sedans, having a weight lesser by 900 pounds and more compact by 1 inch, 14 inches, and 10 inches in width, length, and wheelbase, respectively. Despite this decrease in size, the trunk was bigger. The Lincolns also wore fake vent windows, a rectangular grille, blade-like fenders, and exposed headlights. For the interior, a leather-grained vinyl roof covering was used along with a split bench seat. Some of the luxury features included a trip computer that displayed the
estimated time of arrival and
miles to empty. Further, there was a keypad entry system that allowed the driver to operate the doors and trunk lid without connecting to a satellite.
1990 – 1997: More aerodynamic, more curvaceous, and much safer
The changes to the second-generation Lincolns were mainly on the design. The look was made more contemporary with the use of sheet metal. The models were more aerodynamic with the redesigned front end and grille, and overall, they became less angular. The interiors wore new seats, dashboard, and door panels. The seats became electrical recliners that could be inflated for more lumbar comfort. The dashboard had a digital instrument cluster with an upgraded message center, but the
estimated time of arrival feature was removed. Moreover, safety became another focus for the units. They had dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system, four-wheel disc brakes, a rear air suspension, and lighter front and rear bumpers.
1998 – 2011: Major restyling for a modern look
Cat’s-eye headlights and a curvier body characterized the third-generation Lincolns. Aside from the waterfall grille design, the units were also bigger by a few inches than the previous models. The interior received major restyling; the controls, switches, radio face, and door and instrument panels were all redone. In terms of safety, a seat-mounted combination head and torso side airbags were installed. Some of the features that came standard were leather upholstery, a tachometer, hidden parking sensors, and a six-disc CD changer.