I have an 89 Town Car Signature.
I think what your describing is the
Smog/air injection pump that has seized.
You can take the AC belt off and see if that
is indeed the culprit.
You can get a smaller belt to bypass the air
injection pump and still be able to use the
Some owners like to remove the
smog pump and cap off all the air injection
pipes. That might not fly with DEQ/emissions
How many miles on your TC? Mine has
only 132k. The pump doesn't make too much
If you can take the pump off and
Un-seize it, you could tear it down and give
everything a good oiling and attempt to
rejuvenate it, or gamble with a junkyard pull.
I'll take my smog pump and see what can be
done to further extend its life.
I hope this helps.
On a side note, I had an 81 Toyota Corolla
with a noisy smog pump approaching 200k miles,
Took the pump off and dismantled it, see how
It worked, and lubricated everything w/ 30w
Motor oil. That cured the noise and the
possibility of a seized pump down the
road. Keep me posted mrdettling at gmail dot com.
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Sunday, November 20th, 2011 AT 2:52 AM