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1994 Lincoln Town Car. Cruise Control quit. No Brake Lights. Cannot get out of Park. Found 15A fuse blown. Installed new fuse and got it out of Park. A minute later the fuse blew again. Now with it out of Park the fuse and the engine running, another new fuse blew again. Don't want to put it in Park again and then of course the key must be left in the switch. Help Help !!

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  • Frank F Aug 22, 2008

    Don't know if the fuse blew before, during or after the brake pedal was depressed.

  • Frank F Aug 22, 2008

    I appreciate the two that have answered so far. I know you have to use the same amperage of fuse. I also know that wiring shorts do blow fuses. However,I would appreciate answers only from those that know something specifically about this type of problem in Lincoln Town Cars. There may be a problem that is specifically common to this system. If so I would like to hear from someone that may know of this.

    Thanks

  • Frank F Aug 22, 2008

    I appreciate the two that have answered so far. I know you have to use the same amperage of fuse. I also know that wiring shorts do blow fuses. However,I would appreciate answers only from those that know something specifically about this type of problem in Lincoln Town Cars. There may be a problem that is specifically common to this system. If so I would like to hear from someone that may know of this.

    Thanks

  • Frank F Aug 22, 2008

    There was a recent Recall on this vehicle which was done on Tuesday August 19, 2008 at a Lincoln Dealer. As I understand it a fused wiring harness replaced the hard wired harness going to the Cruise Control assembly.

    The first indication I had that there was a problem was yesterday Thursday August 21, 2008 when the Cruise Control shut itself off at 65 MPH on a freeway. I immediately turned it back on and it worked for a couple of miles and quit again. The next thing I noticed was that I could not get the transmission out of the Park position.

    The Lincoln Dealer tells me that they would charge $109 to determine if the problem came about as something they did in the recall or if it was something else. If it was their problem the $109 and the repair would be at no cost. However, I am not sure I would get an honest answer as they were quite adament that it would not be their problem!!!

    Can anyone out there give me something specific about

    what may be causing this problem and what to do about it?

    Thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    The parking lights are not working but evr

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It sounds like the brake indicator switch, located at the top of the brake peddle replace that it all should work fine.
the switch is only about 10-30 bucks.
if this switch is bad it will shut off the cruse and prevent it from shifting.
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Hi. I am a Ase certified mechanic for over 10 years. First let me ask what fuses are actually blowing. Can you look at the diagram listed on the other side of the fuse box cover and tell me which one is blowing. Next there is no specific problem for this that happens with lincoln town cars. I have worked on 1000s of these model town cars and this is the first one i have heard of with this problem. I have seen other cars with this problem and it was just a matter of taking a multimeter and testing for a continuing circuit in everything and seeing where a short lied and fixing it. Most times it can be attributed to a wire just needing to be reseated.


This can happen for many reason human error in assembly or just the year to year conditions of the car. Would you be able to take a multimeter and test the continuity of the circuits from the fuse box to the brake lights to the ignition. It will take a little while but that is the cost of electrical problems on a vehicle.


lemme know more info and i will be glad to further assist you or walk you through doing most of the checking to see what could be the short. Cause that is definetly the problem but that could be any of 100 feet of 500 wires. All the more info helps me to help you.

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This is not a "common lincoln" problem. This is a common car problem. You need to find the short. I would recommond puling out a multimeter and start testing to see what is going on and when.
If you need any further assistance please let me know. If your not looking to repair it yourself then I would recommend taking it to a qualified mechanic.
Thanks,
Lee

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We need to know what fuse is blowing to understand what the problem is, check in your fuse box and tell us fuse number.

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You have a short some where. I'm going to venture to say in the brake pedal switch that controls the brake lights and the locking function where you have to depress the brake pedal in order to shift out of park. Check these for bare wires. If the are no bare wires or other obvious problems with it, then disconnect the switch, and try a new fuse. If the fuse doesn't blow, then it's the switch and it will need replaced.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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    Ryan Rogers Aug 23, 2008

    I still think that you should disconnect the brake switch and try a new fuse.



    If you think that it's the recall device (wiring to the cruise) that is causing the problem, by law, the dealer is liable for diagnosing and fixing a recall problem. So, be firm, be out right demanding of the dealer, and have them diagnose the problem. They don't have to tell you the exact problem if it doesn't concern the recall, but if it does, not only do they have to tell you, but they have to fix it as well, by LAW. Dealers are very low life **********, so be extremely forceful with them. It's really the only way to deal with them. If they say t isn't the recall, then take it to another shop to have it diagnosed, if the other shop0 says that it's the recall device, then you have grounds to sue, and that is the leverage you need to have the dealer fix the problem at no charge to you.



    I may not be the Lincoln cert. tech you're looking for, but I've been around the automotive industry lng enough, and worked at enough dealerships to get around the BS dealers like to try on John Q. Public.

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You must put a capacitor in series with the fuse.

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Ok dont get confused i will send u the link to help u understand ur problem better n get more info on how to get it solved.
http://www.automotix.net/autorepair/repairtips/

pls do rate the solution.

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I think you have some problem with your wiring that's why fuses always blew, try checking first the wiring make sure there's no shorted wiring as for initial diagnostics....

Good luck.........

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Is fuse blowing when you push the brake pedal?the fuse is related to the brake lights and the shifter release which works off of brake switch. You have a short in one of these circuits.What fuse number is it so I can locate a wire diagram.Also unplug your cruise servo to eliminate it

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    TripleTauto Aug 22, 2008

    this is fuse 12 i think it is circuit you need

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    TripleTauto Aug 22, 2008

    you will need to know if it blowws as soon as you press brake pedal then it is directly linked to the brake circuit.You can remove the cruise control relay to eliminate this system. You will have to narrow done each circuit there is not really a do this and it will fix it.

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    TripleTauto Aug 22, 2008

    if it is fuse 12 in the fuse panel it comes out and goes to the hazard flasher also to the warning lamps module,tees off and goes to the brake light switch and the brake on/off switch(this one is for cruise)

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    TripleTauto Aug 22, 2008

    the recall was for a harness added you should see it on the master cylinder plug it was installed because it was believed some vwehicles the inline fuse would not blow and cause fire so this is a fused jumper

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    TripleTauto Aug 22, 2008

    since the cruise started messing up rt before this happened this would be the logical place to start remove the cruise relay and see if it quits blowing fuse this will allow you to drive while figure out the problem

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Have u installed the same amp. fuse..

check it by the way.


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Check this out
www.carpartswholesale.com/cpw/lincoln~town_car~parts.html

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    try this site
    www.lincolntowncar.org/

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