Lincoln LS 2001 V8 dies while driving

Tiny
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  • 2001 LINCOLN LS
My husband was rear ended in December, he died six days later, I took the car in after the funeral for body work. When I got it back it had a horrible quirk. It dies in traffic, the dash lights go out, the electrical system goes off, the car stops getting gas, within a few seconds it's too dead to lock up the doors with the button I have to manually lock them, call a cab and a tow truck. Four times I've had it in, they can not find out what is wrong, the last time they wiped off a "possibly " corroded wire, the time before I bought a battery, the first time they replaced a valve cover and gave me two new spark plugs because there was some some smoke. It happened again this week, instead of towing, I waited, the next day it started and drove like nothing had happened. It happens about once a week. Twice it has warned the day before with a quick flash of check charging system, but not on the day it dies, when it dies it says check traction then goes out right away. I've taken it to our local Lincoln dealer, they are baffled.
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Thursday, April 5th, 2007 AT 6:36 PM

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Tiny
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The car has about 35,000 miles on it, it truly is the car that was driven by the little old lady( me), until the accident the only quirk it had was the horn (pats) going off when I would shut the trunk.
I can not drive it, it's very frightening to suddenly slow to under five miles an hour in traffic. After the accident and the body work was completed, I noticed some smoke coming from under the hood on the drivers side, I did have this repaired, a valve cover, and two spark plugs, at a cost of 500 dollars, I continue to see this smoke however.
The shops seem to think the impact couldn't have caused my problems, however, there were no problems before the accident, the car had no history of smoking or electrical shutdowns.
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Saturday, April 7th, 2007 AT 10:57 AM
Tiny
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Very sorry to hear of your situation. Intermittant problems can be a real nightmare. For you and the shop.

Since your obviously at an impass with the dealer, I would suggest an Independant garage. I can help you find one that should be able to help, but need to know what city and state your in.

You may have that leave it with the shop for a bit as it doesn't occur consistantly.

Take heart it is solvable, just need the right folks to trace the problem down. I would suspect a PCM or alternater problem, but would not rule out a wiring problem.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 AT 8:37 PM
Tiny
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HI I live in the area(parkville) and would be willing to help, this may take some time to figure out. I work and have alot of other things going on but I would like to see whats going on at least, if you send me a private message with your phone number and address, I will call you as soon as I have some free time to take a peek at it and I would like to see what body work and dealer repairs were done just to help point me in the right direction
oh and sorry for your loss, take care

jim
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Saturday, April 14th, 2007 AT 6:46 AM

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