1985 Ford LTD Location of Ignition Control Modual

Tiny
CINDYBUR
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  • 1985 FORD LTD
  • 5.0L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 275,000 MILES
My car recently just died while driving, was running strong before this. Towed home the car has a strong crank but will not turn over. I've changed the fuel filter and checked the fuel pump. All is good. It has no spark. I was told it could be the ignition control module. Can you please tell me where it is located and how to change it out.I'm steppin and fetchin right now, but I need my car. Any other suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Cindy
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 AT 12:28 PM

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Tiny
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Hey Cindy,

CDB gotcha ya going?

If the engine cranks, it turns over. It sounds like your problem is that it's not starting.

On Fords from that time, the ignition control module is usually located on the driver side fender between the battery and bulkhead. There is a round black plug connected to it.

My reference says there is a control module attached to the side of the distributor, but I'm not remembering this from the last 5.0 I worked on.

Another thing you can do is to check the coil. Use a test light. Ground to "+" and see if you're getting power. Next, switch it around, Power to "Gnd/-" and see if the circuit opens and closes properly.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 AT 4:02 PM
Tiny
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THE MODULE LOOKS LIKE THIS. SEE THIS LINK

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/accel-distributor-control-module-35368/22901521-P?searchTerm=ignition+module%2Fcontrol

IT IS ON THE DISTRIBUTOR

YOU REMOVE 2 TEENY TINY BOLTS/ SCREWS IF YOU WISH (DON'T LOOSE 'EM ! -SPREAD A TOWEL AROUND THE DISTRIBUTOR TO CATCH 'EM)

THESE BOLTS ARE USUALLY "ALLEN HEADS", I HAVE SEEN SOME WITH OTHER HEADS

THE ALLEN WRENCH YOU WILL NEED IS SORTA AN ODDBALL (IT'S A 7/32) USUALLY NOT A STANDARD SIZE. THEY DO OFFER A "KNOB-LIKE" ALLEN TOOL, MADE JUST FOR THIS. SEE THIS LINK.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/lisle-ford-ignition-module-wrench-lis64650/22982558-P?searchTerm=ignition+module+tool

BELOW IS A PIC OF THE DISTRIBUTOR SORTA VIEWED FROM THE BOTTOM.

THE MODULE LAYS ON THE FLAT (YOU PROBABLY SEE THAT)

REMOVE THE 2 BOLTS, THE MODULE NEEDS TO BE SLID/ PRIED DOWNWARD TO GET THE TERMINALS OUT OF THE FEMALE END.

TO REINSTALL, INSURE YOU COAT THE BACKSIDE OF THE MODULE WITH THE "HEAT SINC" GREASE/ GOO!

FAILURE TO DO SO WILL NOT LET HEAT DISSIPATE AWAY FROM THE MODULE. YOU MAY BE DOING THIS AGAIN SOON!

CHECK THE BOX FOR THE GREASE OR ASK FOR A PACKET OF IT AT THE COUNTER!

SLIDE IT IN PLACE, ATTACH THE BOLTS.

STICK YOU WITH A FORK, YOU ARE DONE!!!

I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHERE YOU ARE, BUT THIS, OR A VARIATION OF THIS MIGHT HELP YOU OUT. SEE THIS LINK!

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2001-dodge-neon-milage-just-want-put-fliuds-their-locations

SORRY ABOUT ALL OF THE LINKING, IT'S A PAIN TO RE-TYPE THIS STUFF OVER AND OVER!

LET US KNOW HOW IT'S GOING!

THE MEDIC

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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Thank You so much for the very useful information, I have now located the module and am going to have a neighbor help me remove it. I also found out that our local Auto Zone will test it for free. If that's doesn't work I guess it might be the coil or maybe a problem with the cap and rotor.I'm a 60 year old widower. But I don't give up. Lol Thanks so much. Cindy
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 AT 9:50 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info. I'm going to check the module tomorrow at a local auto store. It is below the distribuitor. If that's not it I guess I'll ck. The coil. Thanks again for all your help. What a great site. Wish I could pay it forward.I'm a 60 year old widower learning a lot.I effuse to be helpless. Thanks Again Cindy
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 AT 9:54 PM
Tiny
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No worries Cindy. Let us know in a new thread if we can help you with anything else.
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 AT 6:18 AM
Tiny
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Ok I'm back, just wanted to say thanks again and give an update, my neighbor suggested changing the cap and rotor. It had been a while, so I figured try the cheapest things first. Well he looked at the rotor and said I think I found your problem. The two little metal parts on the rotor had broke off. So DUH. No spark. So $3.25 for a new rotor and I'm up and running. Can't believe it. Smiling from ear to ear. Gonna change the cap tomorrow. Happy as a Lark. P.S. The first parts store gave me the wrong rotor. Come to find out mine is a round one same as a Ford F-150. Who Knows.I'm just a happy Camper Cindy
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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Glad to hear it Cindy!
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 AT 6:24 PM
Tiny
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SORTA CHECK OUT THE CONTENT OF THIS OLD POST

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2007-ford-taurus-tune-up

I'M SURE A PAPER MANUAL STILL EXISTS FOR YOUR CAR, IF YOU LIKE DOING THE COMPUTER THING,

OUR SITE OFFERS ONLINE MANUALS. YOU WANNA LOOK UP "SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE". IT SHOULD SHOW YOU ON "MILEAGE" AND/ OR ON "TIMELINES", WHAT SHOULD BE DONE (OR SHOULDA BEEN DONE!). THE IDEA IS TO GET CAUGHT UP! THE ENGINEERS KINDA KNOW HOW TO KEEP THE CAR UP AND RUNNING, AND AS TROUBLE FREE AS POSSIBLE. (THINGS CAN STILL BREAK)

IF YOU HAD BEEN KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THIS STUFF, THE OLE WORN OUT CAP AND ROTOR WOULD HAVE MOST LIKELY BEEN CHANGED BEFORE IT SHELLED OUT!

HERE'S THE LINK TO 'EM IN OUR SITE. I'LL LET YOU LOOK FOR IT (I SAW 2 "LTDs" IN THE LIST)

http://www.eautorepair.net/app/YearsMakes.asp

THE MEDIC
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