1995 Lincoln Continental Car Engine Stops While Driving

Tiny
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  • 1995 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 169,451 MILES
I've been having a problem with this car for several months. While driving the car, the engine comes to a cold stop - completely shuts down. No sputter or missing - it stops. Temperature gauge is in the normal position with plenty of room before getting in the Red. I changed the fuel pump which is in the gas tank, along with the multi-unit relay switch that controls the fuel pump, engine fan and other components. I also changed the ignition module in the steering column along with the cam-shaft sensor. Also, I'll drive the car, shut it off, then come back and it won't start. I'll wait for 20-30 minutes, then it starts. 5 mechanics later, and now I come to the experts here. I'll submit as a free question for now given that I don't have a credit card on me. But will gladly add a donation within the next few hours to expedite the response
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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 AT 7:14 PM

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Tiny
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Hi
Is MIL ie. Check engine light on?When it dies or won't start has spark been verified at plugs?Of the 5 what was diagnosis?
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 AT 9:45 AM
Tiny
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The check engine light is on when I turn on the key while attempting to start. However, the light is not on while driving. Per the mechanic, he doesn't recall given that he only had 1 attempt to do a test which was minor. The car started on the second attempt. What's also interesting is that the battery doesn't last long when attempting to start. The problem occurred last night, and after 7 attempts the battery was dead. I threw jumper cables on the battery - the car started. Can a faulty alternator be the cause of the problem. Also, when the car immediately shuts off, radio, lights and everything is off. One last item, I'm running on one engine fan. The left one is inoperable and have yet to get it fixed. Again, the car is not overheating, and will shutdown anytime early morning, afternoon, evening.
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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O.K. What you think about faulty ignition switch? Cause when it shuts off all power is lost if fuel or ignition radio would still play, dash lights, etc.
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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Ignition switch, Combo relay, Fuel pump, and cam senor have been replaced. Would the factory alarm cause this problem?
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 AT 3:28 PM
Tiny
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Alarm will only disable starter and that seems to be the only thing that works. If not droping power at iGN. Sw. Then next possibility is Power Distribution. Check battery lead to Dist. Box for corrosion or loose connection a volt meter should be used. Check where Batt lead attaches loose, burnt and voltage should NOT drop more than.5volt from battery voltage.
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 8:46 AM
Tiny
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Got the oil changed yesterday and had the tech check the battery. Battery needs to be replaced. Is a weak battery a possible source of the problem; if so, why. If not, where do we go from here? :-)
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
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Any other ideas?
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Monday, December 7th, 2009 AT 1:43 PM
Tiny
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A weak batt can cause ECM to shut down if voltage drops below 11.5v If ALT out put also a little low fuel pump relays and sensors fail. So a good batt and alt may solve
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 AT 8:47 AM

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