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Loose connector on 1991 Lincoln Continental instrument cluster

Causes guages to be eratic and displays check DCL. If I move the wires to the connectors the guages go up and down.

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SOURCE: My gauges on my 1999 Plymouth Voyager work on and

These vans have problems with the circuit board on the back of the cluster. That is most likely the problem. They are pricey and there is differentes depending on the options on your van. So i would recommend a used one.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

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I had the same problem with a car i owned and found out it was a short in the wireing in the dash, you will have too have it re-wired, but too be certain you should have it checked out by a mechanic in your city.........

Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 lincoln continental dcl warning light keeps

the vehicle module sees a problem and without a scanner to retrieve the proper codes, it will be hard to correctly diag your problem....best to have a dealer/shop check that first.... GL

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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SOURCE: where is the location of DCL on a 92 lincoln

both answers are correct for the "DLC", I believe the DCL is a function or error message indicating a communication problem with the Dashboard module and the PCM module. The DLC is located where "tedpineywood" said it is.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Why does my instrument cluster black out a lot?

Having the same problem with my 2001 Merc Cougar, When does it black out? While reving or randomly? Mine is while heavy accelerating. Could be over voltage at the charging system (alternator or regulator) or internal in the cluster. Get the alternator and batt tested first, ask for a load test, then try the cluster next.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009

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1994 Lincoln Continental check DCL error comes and goes, where are the connections that cause this problem?


dcl stands for data communications link. a communications path between various in-vehicle electronic modules

Aug 15, 2013 | 1988 Lincoln Continental

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What is the color code of a 1993 Lincoln Continental digital instrument cluster harness(wiring)?


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Oct 09, 2011 | 1993 Lincoln Continental

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What does check dcl mean


DCL is Data Communincations Link... the communication connection between the computers in the instrument cluster and the rest of the car. its usually caused (99% of the time) by a bad connection.

The Data Communications Link (DCL) is a wiring system that allows the sharing of information between the Electronic Engine Control System (EEC-IV) , the Electronic Instrument Cluster (EIC) and external equipment.

The EEC-IV system transmits the following information through the DCL to the EIC:
Engine RPM.
Engine coolant temperature.
EEC-IV malfunction indication.
Fuel used.

The DCL system transmits Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) information to the EIC. The EIC uses MIL information to generate a CHECK ENGINE warning in the event of an engine sensor failure.

The EIC will display the message "CHECK DCL" on its Message Center Display if it is not receiving data from the EEC-IV. This warning is turned off whenever data communication is restored.

The EEC-IV monitors the Data Communication Link for faults. If a fault occurs in data communication a continuous Memory Code is set in the EEC-IV. The DCL Codes (529 for EEC-IV and 533 for EIC) can occur separately or together. These codes are not immediately cleared when data communication is restored.

The existance of a DCL code does NOT mean that a module has failed. also I would check for an oil leak or coolant leak that would be the cause of the smoking under the car.

Check this link for some help on fixing it: http://www.lincolnsonline.com/tech/00086.html

Hope helps.

Sep 11, 2011 | 1993 Lincoln Continental

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94 Lincoln continental low oil pressure level all the time but manual guage says propper pressure and code 533 comes up with the dcl light. How do I fix problem?


normally you would check the oil pressure sensor which is located under the power steering pump and above the oil filter . how ever 94 lincolns have digital cluster issues. code 533 will trip on because of the oil gauge on the digital cluster or water temp. or low voltage etc. .

Oct 25, 2010 | 1994 Lincoln Continental

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1992 lincoln continental blows cold air out of the heater vents while parked. also what does check dcl. from instrument panel mean.


I dont know what that means, but I have a feeling it is low on coolant and thats why it will not blow hot air.

Dec 14, 2009 | 1992 Lincoln Continental

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How do you check the DCL and charging system?


GO TO THIS LINK FOR A CODE TEST, DCL STANDS FOR "DATA LINK CONNECTOR" THE SYSTEM IS CALLED EEC IV, THIS STANDS FOR "ELECTRONIC ENGINE CONTROL, FOURTH GENERATION". HERE IS A LINK TO TEST OUT THIS SYSTEM.

http://check-engine-light-codes.blogspot.com/2006/04/ford-1985-95-obd1-code-self-retrieval.html

Nov 06, 2009 | 1993 Lincoln Continental

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My 1994 Lincoln Continental dcl light keeps coming on and then afterwards the the oil pressure light comes on. What is the problem?


it is a very common electrical problem with digital displays on lincolns, and unless you have extensive wiring experience, I'm afraid that your only option is to replace the display itself, I had to do it on my own 1990 continental twice before the problem went away, my brother's 94 continental still has that issue...luckily most auto salvage yards have these parts available, some even let you pull them out yourself, which makes things even cheaper, I hope this helps.
P.S. if you need instructions on how to take out the display let me know (or go and buy Chiltons)

Oct 30, 2009 | 1991 Lincoln Continental

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Every once and a while my moms lincoln continetal starts beeping


somthing has gone rong with the insterment cluster. if all gages are working then i would just ignore it cause the insterment cluster is really pricey plus alot of labor to replace

Apr 18, 2009 | 1992 Lincoln Continental

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What does "check DCL" on my dash board mean?


DCL stands for Data Control Link.

Basically The Engine computer sees some error with the communication to the instrument cluster. Sometimes the connections are loose, sometimes the cluster is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced.

I think you'll have to end up going to the dealer for a proper diagnosis.

Apr 06, 2009 | 1999 Lincoln Town Car

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Dcl or cluster


DCL stands for Data Communcations Link. You need someone hook up a STAR tester (Self Test Automatci Readout) to the test connector under the hood on the right rear of engine compartment. See if it has codes stored. The connector actally is 2 connectors, one with 5? pins and one with 1 pin. It is plugged into a plastic shell on the engine computer. My 1988 Ford Wiring Diagram Book says to refer to section 3-7 and 33-61 of the shop manual.

WIsh I had the shop manual for 88 Cont'l but I just have the 88 Cont'l Wiring Diagram which I am going to sell on Ebay for $7 plus postage.

May 26, 2008 | 1988 Lincoln Continental

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