I recently took my '06 Lincoln Town Car to the dealer for an oil change. This was a certified used car that I bought 3 months ago and had put only 300 miles on the odometer when the 'change oil' light came on. They did the usual free '29 point inspection', which among other things indicated that the condition of the battery was 100%. I left the dealer and drove 1/2 mile to the local supermarket. When I tried to start the car, the battery was dead. I got a jump, drove 1/2 mile back to the dealer, they checked the electrical system and replaced the alternator and the battery. When I first left the dealer after the oil change, the 'change oil' light immediately came on and there was a chime that I had not heard previously when the 'change oil' light came on.
Although the vehicle is still under warranty and the repairs were free, I am curious and concerned about what might have happened. Is it a coincidence that the previously good battery and alternator went bad immediately after the battery was checked, and, if not, what other damage may have occurred that may show up in the future?
have the same problem?
Sunday, June 28th, 2009 AT 6:44 AM