I recently had the engine replaced. A $5K Ford Crate motor was trashed with less than 15K miles on it. Ford wouldn't honor their warranty, and said I ran the motor without coolant. Which was ****. Like I'm going to trash a $5k investment. So..I replaced it with a used motor (40K miles on it) for $600, plus installation. Since this replacement, the motor works well and I have no issues with it, except that the Temp gauge is not working now.
When I turn the ignition on, the temp gauge lights up and all bars and temp symbol light up. Once the engine is running, all I get are three bars at the top and three bars at the bottom lit up. Nothing else. Is it possibly the temp sending units? Should I replace them both?
BTW-God works in mysterious ways...huh?! Ford is now on the ropes, with over $5B in losses for 2008. Isn't karmic justice GRAND?!!!
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Re: Temp Gauge not working in 96 Linc. Town Car
I have found from prior overheating engines that, the temp gauge goes out of calibration. and is never really accurate again. so i usually disconnect the dash gauge and hook up an auxillary gauge.
yes you can try to replace the two sending units but it doesn't always give an accurate temperature.
by the way did you replace the radiator with the new engine?
an old radiator with a new engine is bad luck waiting to strike...
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the heater core is probly trash and leakin fluid causing car to boil-watch the temp gauge well--replacing a core can be a nitemare and $$-put new blower motor and evaporator at same time-ur car is 10 yrs
There is a lot wrong with "low oil" and low oil is not normal in a low mileage healthy engine.
The dealer is fobbing you off in the hope you will go away.
If the oil is being changed at least every 5000 miles or so there should be minimum oil depletion between changes with only very minor top up needed. Some oil consumption is normal but it should be minimal.
If the oil level is dropping to a very low level in about 4000 - 5000 miles of normal motoring you have a significant problem. The oil is either leaking out or the engine is burning excessive oil or a combination. If there is no leak through faulty seals or by other means such as oil escaping into the cooling passages of the engine, then there is excessive burning.
These engines are known for excessive oil consumption because the problem is a common one in the 06, 05, 04 and previous year builds back to about 98/99. The dealers know all about this problem - as does BMW - and they will try to fob you off until the car is out of warranty because the fix is expensive.
From what you say the problem has not been fixed on your car. Document the oil loss and insist on your warranty rights because your engine is using excessive oil and this is NOT normal in a properly functioning motor with as few miles as yours has. Make it clear to the dealer that you are well aware that excessive oil consumption is a common problem in many of the 325 petrol engines and you want it fixed under warranty.
Then sell the car as these vehicles will cost you quite a bit in repairs once out of warranty and once you clock up around 60000 miles or more. If you have an auto you can expect major problems at about 65000 miles (later if you are lucky) and replacement of the transmission will be necessary. Once you notice any significant problem with the auto transmission it is on it's way out.
All maintenance is communicated to you from the dash display. There is no "scheduled" maintenance except oil every 5K miles and air filter 15K if you are in dusty conditions. The car will tell you when it needs something.
check wiring to fan for 12 volts. check wiring and see if there is a relay that can be replaced or tested. If the relay is good, and wiring has 12 volts, then either the temp sensor or fan motor brushes are shot.
There is no recommended mileage, when the engine fails and needs overhaul would be the only time the chain would be replaced, and that would depend on the condition of the chain and associated parts. These 4.6L V8 run hundreds of thousands of miles in most cases with little trouble but regular scheduledmaintenance.