Lincoln Town Car Compression Problem

Tiny
DAVVA
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I have a 1998 Lincoln Town Car which has been stretched into a 10 passenger limo.
It has 182,000 miles on the clock and is running rough.

It is also using quite a lot of oil. I'm putting in a quart every 200-300 miles. I'm pretty sure this is due to a leak but not certain.

I have changed the plugs and as I'm not getting an engine fault code coming up, I did a compression check.

6 of the cylinders were in the range of 145 - 165 PSI but on the other 2 one was 90 PSI and one was 45 PSI.

I don't see any smoke coming out of the exhaust and I don't see any evidence of water in the oil. I do get a knocking sound from the engine when the oil is getting a little low.

What is likely to be wrong and how difficult is it going to be to fix?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 AT 3:23 PM

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Tiny
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Try tapping on the starter or if it has a solinoid built into it try tapping on that with a ratchet or a small hammer, if that doesn't work take the starter off and have it tested the same place you took your battery.
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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 AT 2:02 PM
Tiny
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----tried the tapping, had starter tested it's good, the sil is on the fender
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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 AT 2:08 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like a Battery problem. Try a jump, if that works replace batt
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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 AT 3:47 PM
Tiny
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Ok the compression test was run with injectors diabled? All plugs removed? On he olw cylinders, squirt a little oil in and retaest, if the reading come up, you have bad rings, if not you have bad valves.
Either way, time for some major work.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 AT 3:35 PM
Tiny
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Yes, all the plugs were removed and I took out the fuel pump fuse as well.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 AT 4:03 PM
Tiny
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Wich 2 cyls were low? If it's side by side, you could have a blown head gasket as well.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
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The one at the back on the right hand side was the lowest and the one next to it was the other that was low.

I was thinking it was a valve problem but I assume the head gasket would be changed as a matter of course when the cylinder head came off.

If it is a valve problem would it be better to get a reconditioned cylinder head or to just change the valves?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 AT 6:06 PM

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