1997 Lincoln Town Car Repair Question
Why wont AC, windows, brake lights, windshield wipers, radio and clock NOT work when car is turned ON?
Where there is smoke there's a problem, you must get into the loom under the column and inspect for damage, do this first and report back what you find.
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Exposed the entire area above and below the column including the metal harness above the fuse box and to my suprise did not smell or see evidence of a bare, broken or fryed wire. I did however find a detached/broken connector that is suppose to be attached to the the key ingnition. The wire is black with a pink stripe and when I tested it with a multimeter registered 12 plus volts. I manualy held it back in place to see if it was the culprit but did not work.
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Update: decided to go the "process of elimination" route. I was convinced the problem was either the ingition key or the ingition switch. So I bought both and replaced them one at a time to see if either was the problem. Neither fixed the problem (returned the parts for a refund), so because of the spark/smoke I was convinced the problem was a bad wire. I pulled out the multi meter again and started rechecking each fuse and wire leading from the ignition switch to the fuse panel. I then decided to check and replace the relays under the dash, it was when I checked the high current fuses under the hood that I cursed myself! A 50 amp (large) fuse marked IG (ignition) was blown. After relacing it I had to go out for a spin and celabrate!
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Those are called Maxi-Fuses. Thanks for letting us know you've gotten the problem fixed.
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