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2001 Lincoln ls v8 generator / alternator doesnt charge battery

I just finished changing the timing chains and tensioners on my lincoln ls and finally got everything back together. Started it up and it ran perfectly. After a minute i got a check charging system message on my dash so i figured maybe the message will go away after driving a little. Well it turns out the message was correct because after 5 miles or so the lights cut out and i had to get towed. Im assuming the problem is with the alternator because i did have to unplug it and move it a bit for my recent timing chain repair. Im wondering if anybody out there has any idea where i should begin checking to see what the problem is. maybe i forgot to plug in a wire.. maybe theres something completely different.. I dont really know.. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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Did you.. mark any of the parts that were removed so you would put them back on properly? There are only two plugs and the battery connector that hooks up to it. Do you have a regulator, either external or internal? If so, have that tested.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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SOURCE: 2000 lincoln ls : check charging system light

You could have a bad connection somewhere. Possibly on the alternator. You also may have a bad ground somwhere. Hope this helps any

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 Lincoln LS electrical system SHUTDOWN

change the drive belt and have the voltage regulator in the back of the alternator checked out and also check for any draws on the car anywhere cause this can cause the alternator to over charge trying to keep the battery charged up

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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SOURCE: My 2001 Lincoln LS check charging system light

Take it to Autozone or Oreillys and ask them to check your starter when cranking. You may want to look under your dash at the pedal mechanism. There is also an interlock switch for the starter and brake. Ask the parts people about that part.

If the pedals are rubbing a wire under the dash you could have a big short and it is grounding the alternator. You have to push on the brake to start the car. The interlock could be bad.

Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 lincoln ls v8,rough idle and misses under load

you may need to check the cowl pack that sits on top of the plugs and check all of your vaccum lines give these websites a try www.alldatadiy.com and www.autozone.com if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your car wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

SOURCE: How to retime a 2000 Lincoln Ls with a 3.9 v8

I have a 2004 and all the service manuals. I have never worked on this type engine,although I have been at it for 45 years,some professional,when I owned a shop. That said, I will try to answer a specific question, if I can find it for you. Short of you buying all the manuals I have or mailing you mine.

I'am looking at the Workshop Manual-it has three locations on the 3.9L, two on disassembly and one on installation. Nice pictures,and necessary stuff,but near useless. Several hundred dollars for these. Got to have them,but not helping you or anyone else.

It looks like you need to have a tool to lock the flywheel in place. eg. one of the holes the CKP Sensors scans. It's called an ignition pulse wheel. One hole is special. Turn crank 45 degrees ATDC,the crank keyway will be at 6 o'clock,install tool
Also,a tool to hold the flats on the cams, to the top
If you don't have the cam sprockets and chain on.from your head service shop,more tools.
Then you have several locking pins,like dowel pins to hold everything,while you struggle with the chain tensioners,again ,more pins

That's a start.

Posted on May 05, 2010

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