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February 25, 2020

1964 Continental Get Thrown Out Of Gear While Driving

Bill,

I have a 64 convertible. The power steering frequently throws the car out of gear. Mostly with hard turns. Restarting the car will turn it back on.

My mechanic doesn't know where to begin, so i need to advise him. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Tommy

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Greetings Tommy -

According to your information it appears that no one has checked anything on your Lincoln for this issue so far. The first thing that I would examine carefully is the rubber engine and transmission mounts. If any are found detached or faulty I would then go to our Lincoln Land parts bin for new ones and replace them all immediately. Next, all of the transmission and steering column linkage should be looked at for damage, looseness and/or a worn out selector detent or shift lever. Let us know what you have found.

Sincerely,

Bill

February 19, 2020

1969 Continental Sedan AC Questions

Hi Bill -

My a/c compressor clutch will not engage.The system is low on Freon-could this be the reason?

Thanks,

Paul

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Hi Paul -

FoMoCo did not provide a circuit to disengage the compressor clutch if the refrigerant charge is low or depleted during these earlier years of a/c.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Thanks Bill -

Another question- does the compressor clutch have to be removed in order to replace the brushes?

Thank you,

Paul

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Paul -

The answer is "yes" especially if yours is the factory installed compressor and clutch assembly.

Bill

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Bill -

Many thanks, I realized what I was doing wrong: the clutch holding tool had to be used to prevent the front mechanism from moving. Then it came off easy!

Thanks again!

Paul

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Paul -

Thanks for the update. It will will help others in the future....

Bill

February 17, 2020

1964 New Owner HVAC Issue

Hi Bill.

I have a problem with my HVAC control switch. It shorts when I adjust it, the fuse doesn't blow either which is a worry... I haven't investigated it yet as my car has only recently arrived in the UK. I only seems to have one speed and it only blows cold. Should I just look into replacing the unit or is there other things to investigate first.

Thanks.

Martin

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Greetings Martin -

Congratulations on your recent 64 sedan purchase.

Why do you think you have a shorted circuit? What are the symptoms of a shorted circuit that you are seeing? Having only one speed on the blower indicates a problem but does not indicate a short. To answer your question, yes, there are other things to investigate before replacing all of the parts. Diagnosis is necessary before replacing any part in order to avoid replacing expensive parts that are already in good working order. Diagnosis should be performed with the use of the proper shop manual and wiring diagram. Have you spoken to the previous owner yet to find out what he or she knows regarding this issue?

Your symptom of " seems to have only one blower speed " indicates a possible faulty blower switch or blower resistor. I would check the blower controls and wiring etc. first. Look to see also if any one has bypassed a fuse or breaker or messed at all with the original factory installation . Good luck on an easy diagnosis and repair.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Thanks for getting back to me Bill.

I think it has a short because if I move the fan speed switch lever it sparks. The previous owner said the air con didn't work, he hadn't investigated it though. There is a fresh cable that has be pushed into the fuse panel that doesn't have a fuse in. It may well be pushed into the battery side of the fuse and is always live.

Re the fan switch and resistor do you know what resistance I should expect?

Thanks for your help, I'm amazed how helpful the Lincoln community is.

Kind regards

Martin

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Martin -

The blower switches on the 64-65 Lincolns can and do give problems. We see enough of them sent in here at Lincoln Land for repair that we are now able to rebuild or repair most of them. If as you posted that the switch lever itself is sparking when you move it, you will need to remove the switch for inspection. If you are looking into the actual switch contacts and seeing sparks, these sparks could be only the initial start up " draw " of the blower motor and compressor clutch. We do not have any resistance specs on any circuits. You can however do an amp draw test on your blower motor and compressor clutch coil. These specs in amps are usually shown in the factory service manuals. If the blower has a high out of spec electrical draw, the wiring and switch will suffer a slow melt down.

Before removing the blower switch I would first pull the blower motor resistor and inspect the coils and the wiring plug etc. for a possible contact problem. I have no idea what the "added on" wire is to the fuse box or where it leads to. If you are doing the actual work yourself you will definitely require the proper service manual and wiring diagrams. It looks like it is time to bring out the tool box. We wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,

Bill

February 7, 2020

1968 Automatic Temp Control Question

Bill -

On a 68 with a 460, and automatic climate control should the heater fan blow before the engine warms up and the temperature is warm? My fan runs on high when it's cold. 2nd question is related, does the temperature switch do both the idiot light and the climate control or are there two sending units?

Jason

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Hello Jason,

The ATC on your 68 Continental was quite a sophisticated system and operates very nicely if all is in good order. The blower motor operation will be delayed anytime that the dash control lever is in the High or Low position and the engine is cold in any weather and the system is in the automatic HEAT mode. If and when the system drives over towards the COOLING section with a cold engine the blower operation will be immediate. The blower fan motor will NOT be delayed if the mode lever is in the "defog" or "deice" position at any time. The reason for the blower delay is so that the occupants in the car will not endure a cold blast of air when heat is needed.

The atc system does not operate, control or effect the high temperature warning light and this light sensor does not operate or control the atc. There are two separate sending units that are side by side in the same switch assembly.

At the present time we at Lincoln Land do not have a right hand mirror for your 68 Continental. I notice that they have become very popular. These types of parts do show up however from time to time. Finding accessories such as these mirrors makes the car hobby even more enjoyable.

Sincerely,

Bill

February 6, 2020

1961 Continental Convertible Noise When Turning

Bill -

I am having problems with my power steering on my '61 convertible w/ ac. It was making a whining noise when turning. Thinking it was air in the fluid I have tried bleeding the system with the wipers on. I tried using a vacuum on the filler tube but could not get vacuum to pull. The whining has somewhat decreased with the method of turning the wheels 10 times and letting it bleed out air. As the wheels approach the stops the noise gets very loud. Is there something that makes the noise at the stops that might be fixed?

The power steering and wipers are working fine and I really don't want to pull and replace the pump if not needed.

Thanks,

Phil

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Hi Phil -

Those p/s whining noises sure can be annoying as well as an indication of a problem. Has any work at all been done in the last while to the p /s or the hydraulic wiper system? Was the pump or other hydraulic part removed recently for some other procedure? Why did you think that there was air in the hydraulics? Did you see foam in the reservoir or? How did you learn to vacuum out the system as you describe? Sorry for all of the questions, but a good working undisturbed system does not suddenly ingest air. I will await your answers.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Bill -

I hadn't driven the car for a few months and when I moved it to drive I noticed more whining noise .

I read on a website that hooking a vacuum to reservoir would help draw air from system. As I said I could not create any vacuum. I did not do any work on wipers or ps. I just took it for a test drive and steering and wipers worked fine with an occasional resistance in steering . But fairly loud whining noise.

Would pump go bad from just sitting? I do notice some bubbling on the ps dipstick.

Phil

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Hi Phil -

In that case there are three possible things that you can check before condemning the pump. The pump pressure can be tested at operating pressure by a knowledgeable shop as per the shop manual and compared with the specs in the manual. The p/s fluid filter can be checked for plugging or an incorrect filter that is restricting the fluid that returns to the pump. Lastly the pitman arm can be disconnected at the linkage so that the complete steering linkage and the steering shaft with the box can be checked " separately " for any binding. You may want to discuss this further with your mechanic first to see if he agrees. Keep us posted.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Bill -

I'm not sure on the location of the ps filter. Like to look at that first.

Thanks,

Phil

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Hi Phil -

The p/s filter should be located inside the p/s reservoir under the top cover. Be very careful to observe how the filter is installed ( if there is one still installed ). If you do not have the proper shop manual for your Lincoln you will find that this problem and future problems will become more difficult. The FoMoCo manuals that we recommend and sell can also help your mechanic if you yourself are not performing some of the diagnosing and repair procedures. Good luck with a quick diagnosis.

Sincerely,

Bill

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Bill -

Thanks/ I have a shop manual and I'll work on this tomorrow.

Phil

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Bill -

Replaced filter and hoses and seems back to normal.

Thanks.

Phil

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Phil -

Thanks for the update - good to hear things are back to normal.

Bill