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September 23, 2010

Thanks Bill


I APPRECIATE whole-heartedly the information you have sent me regarding My Interior Light Issue's..........

Does Lincoln Land have this "Illuminated Entry Delay Module" on hand for sale?


I am Humbled by your Reply.

Las Vegas


Hi Dale -

Thank you very much Dale for the kind reply. We would definitely have a good used module available for you in the event that this in fact proves to be your problem.



September 22, 2010

1971 Mark III Concerns And Questions

Hello Bill,

I recently bought a 1971 Lincoln Mark 3. I bought it in great condition. I'm the furthest thing from a mechanic so I took it to a local classic car shop to have it looked over for issues. They said the car was in excellent condition but recommended I do the following:

A. IDLE AND CARB TUNE AND ADJUST-----------------$225.00
B. REAR WHEEL SEALS LEAKING-------------------------$350.00
2. SHIFT SHAFT SEAL----------$275.00
D. OIL PAN GASKET LEAKING-----------------------------$495.00
E. POWER STEERING PUMP LEAKING-------------------$295.00
F. WINDOWS INOP 1.RIGHT FRONT----------------------$185.00
2. RIGHT REAR---------------------------$185.00
3. LEFT REAR-----------------------------$185.00
G. MISC PARTS AND SUPPLIES-----------------------------$100.00

Once the repairs were done, everything began going wrong with the car. It now runs like crap and leaks worse than it did before. Now, a 'SURE-TRAC' light is on and they claim its just a electrical issue, but the brakes feel spongy. Once over 60 mph the car begins to overheat. Do you have any advice on how to fix the overheating and sure-trac light?






Greetings Raheem -

Those Mark IIIs sure are a great looking car and a good choice as a collector car. Both of your problems are standard procedure repair items that are common to all cars. Although you don't elaborate too much on the symptoms I can offer the following.

The illuminated Sure Trac light is generally an indication of an upset in the front to rear brake pressure due to loss of hydraulic brake fluid in the front or rear brakes. It can also be caused by a failed master cylinder that is by-passing internally. Again, the light is reporting a problem to you. After the repair is made the system needs to be bled to center the valve that turns the light on. If the vehicle was purchased with this brake warning light already on, it is possible that a previous repair was made and the system was not bled. The spongy brake pedal feel tells me however that a problem still exists. In any case a good brake mechanic will be aware of the correct procedures.

I do not know the condition of your cooling system or all of the conditions in which your car overheats therefore I will list the common problems as follows:

low on coolant
radiator plugged
thermostat seized in the closed position
cooling shroud missing
incorrect fan blade
faulty fan clutch
incorrect temperature gauge reading
engine coolant passages plugged
rad cap failed

I hope the above will give you some insight into what needs to be inspected to correct your problems. I also understand your situation when you state that "you are the furthest thing from a mechanic". In your case a set of proper 1971 Shop Manuals would be a real plus in the form as a time and labor saver for anyone who is working on your car. Whenever you drop your car off at a shop, the manuals can be made available for the mechanic to use. If you do require any parts or Manuals please contact us at any time and Good Luck.



79 Town Coupe Interior Light Update #2

Hi Dale -

After re-thinking your courtesy light problem, I have thought of another item for you to consider. This item is a small module located above the glove box called the "Illuminated Entry Delay Module". It would be well worth the time and effort to locate and unplug this item to find out if your courtesy lights then turn off. This module may have failed internally to a continuous "on" position. We are posting the diagram along with the wiring colors to assist you in locating this item. This module should be located on a panel above the glove box.

Good Luck,

Bill -


79 Town Coupe Interior Light Update #1

Hi Bill -

Really enjoy the blog!

In regards to the 79 Town Coupe with the interior lights staying on.

I had a 1979 Mark V Cartier that I loved, but one day after I locked the car and started to go in the house, I noticed my interior lights would not turn off! I checked the headlight switch out, thinking I may have accidentally turned the knob, but had not. I even ended up taking it to our local Lincoln Mercury dealer several times. They ran tests, and went through the entire electrical system and the problem persisted. The lights had to be disconnected and the cause of the problem was never found, even after a trip to another garage that specialized in electrical problems!

I was telling a fellow car enthusiast about my frustrating situation and he offered to buy the car, as he did not care that the interior lights no longer functioned. I sold it, but miss it! Fortunately, have not had that problem with my 80s Town Cars. Good luck to Dale in finding the problem and fixing his Town Coupe. If the problem is found, please post it on your blog-still curious. Take care and hello to Sandy, John and Al.



September 9, 2010

1979 Town Coupe Issues After Jump Starting (???)


At 68 I own a '79 Town Coupe, which I Enjoy... But.... According to the Manual I screwed up Big Time.

I don't recall having a Battery Issue, but when I went to Fill'er up with gas it wouldn't start, Hmmmmm.

As I am on Oxygen and don't have a Cell phone, I started into the Store to call AAA as I figured the battery just needed to be Jumped.

An Off Road P/U came to my aid and tried jumping Battery to Battery.......... According to Manual..... a No No. Positive to positive Negative (on jumping battery) to solid ground (motor, etc.) of vehicle being jumped..........

As a result, issue's have arisen: Over head (Interior) Light Stay's On : Floor Kick panel light's stay on ; 4-Way's don't work But Turn Signal's are Ok...... All the Fuse's have been checked....... all ok.......

My Question......... Now What ????????

I Thank You for any assistance through suggestion's that You may have.

Las Vegas


Hello Dale -

Sorry to hear that you are having electrical problems. When jump starting a vehicle, it is preferred to attach the negative cable to a definite solid ground on the vehicle in distress. This procedure is much more important of course on cars that have a computer and other sophisticated devices. In my opinion the battery to battery method should not have caused the problems on your Lincoln as you describe.

The interior lights staying on problem sounds as if the headlamp switch control knob has been rotated counter clockwise so as to engage the courtesy lights manually. I would check this first.

The four way flasher problem could very well be a faulty 4 way flasher module itself or a faulty 4 way switch at the turn signal control. Both of these are described in the Shop Manual and are not difficult to check out.

Again Dale I have never heard of these types of problems occurring because of the way that your car was "jump started". I hope that the above suggestions will help you to correct your present Lincoln problems.