1992 Sentra. as said if you turn on the headlights the engine dies. All other lights and radio work.
I have the same problem on my 05 altima. Have your battery checked...it may be bad. When I replaced my battery the lights wouldn't kill the engine anymore. However, I'm not entirely sure this is a full solution to the problem.
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I'd be checking to make sure that the grounds are nice and clean and working properly. When you step on the brake pedal you are activating a switch that sends power to the brake lights. The brake lights share bulbs with the signals and emergency flashers, so it is also possible that a dead short in any of those components could "steal" the power from the ignition.
At this point, it's a trouble shoot game for you to figure out what is working, and what is not.
That's part of the fun. Enjoy.
I would start checking fuses for power. It could be a battery cable issue or something in the fuse box. The dash lights would not be powered thru the key switch, but the other stuff would be. Provided the key switch is getting power for accessories.
The headlight wiring and radio wiring is getting in contact and causing the short.Both the grounds needs to be checked.Because when headlight is off,the radio work's fine.As soon as the headlights are turned on,the radio goes in scan mode.Its clear indication of radio and headlight wiring issue.The wiring's are getting in contact with ant metal surface or both the radio and headlight wire are coming in contact,where they should not.I suggest you to check the headlight and radio wiring diagrams for your lincoln town car.Here is the direct link.Click the link below :---Check out all the 3 links one by one.Radio wiring diagram for 1997 LincolnTown Car?http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/02/radio-wiring-diagram-for-1997-lincoln.html ----------------LincolnTown Car Radio stereo
Sounds more like a dead battery. The one click you hear is the starter solenoid.
Turn on your headlights and try to start if your headlights go real dim your battery is dead.
If they stay bright then it could be your starter
1. Headlights turn off completely means that the battery terminals need cleaning. Remove cables and clean clamps and posts.
2. Headlights have a noticable dimming means that the starter needs to be replaced.
3. No change in brightness. The headlights stay on, meand the starter solenoid needs replacing.