1988 Lincoln Town Car V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 167000 miles
I have an 88 Lincoln Town Car Cartier Edition with some issues. It's got a 5.0 V8 EFI.
First Problem - Heat
The heat recently quit working (convenient considering it's around 0 degrees out) after a 250 mile trip. I got back in the car to return home and drove for 5 hours with no heat.
Here's what I know:
The blower still works well
Radiator is full and both hoses leaving it get warm
when the engine heats up.
When I turn the heat on with the temp set to high it gives a burst of hot air for about 1 second then it cuts to cold air. Then if I turn the temp setting to cold with the blower on high I get ice cold air instantly (mind you it's 0-10 degrees F outside) and it stays cold after that. No more slightly cold air, just freezing air. I can get a burst of heat every time I turn the heat on for 1 second, then I turn it off and back on and so on...
I don't know much about thermostats or heater cores but it sounds like either might be causing this.
The first picture I have is of the location the hose from the top of the radiator runs into the block (I think the water pump). Then another hose runs out of there and into the second picture on the top right corner. It runs across the top of the picture then into the dash.
I'd also like to know where the thermostat is in these pictures, I have an idea but I'm not completely sure.
I really need to get this fixed soon and I don't have any money to take it to the dealer. I leave school next Thursday and I have to drive 550 miles in frigid winter temps.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 AT 4:39 PM