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Unread 12-01-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default 93 lincoln towncar will not start

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so i drove my lincoln to work drove like normal. pulled it into the parking lot and shut it off all like normal.

got in the car to leave.

The car cranks over but will not start. the fuel pump kicks on. what do i need to check?
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spark, wiring.
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spark, wiring.
thats the plan i will drive up to the office tomorrow night and check for a spark.

what do i check if there is no spark

how do i check if there is fuel getting to the engine.
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The easiest way is probably to stick your face by the tailpipe and smell for gasoline after it cranks for a bit.

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The easiest way is probably to stick your face by the tailpipe and smell for gasoline after it cranks for a bit.
that would mean it is getting gas?
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Yeah. If it's getting fuel, you'll smell it at the exhaust. If you don't do the following:

You can also get a friend to crank it while you listen to the fuel injectors. A long common screwdriver will help you hear them over everything else, put the blade against the body of the injector and the handle in your ear. You should hear a quiet ticking from within the screwdriver, this means the injectors are firing. If you don't hear a ticking sound, the injectors are not being triggered for some reason.

Then, take a shorter phillips screwdriver(six inches) and insert it into a plug wire where the plug used to be. Place the screwdriver so there's a small gap between it and the intake manifold, then have the friend crank. You should get a bright blue spark. Orange spark means the coils are firing, but weakly. No spark at all means they're not triggering, and this may be related to injectors not triggering.

If neither of them are firing, or the firing is very intermittent and random, you have some electrical issues.


If you have no spark, look at the camshaft position sensor OR hall-effect sensor inside the distributor. Reason I listed both is that I don't know if a '93 has a distributor or if they had updated it to a coil pack system yet. If that tests out good, the crankshaft position sensor and ignition coils themselves need to be checked. A Haynes or Chilton manual will have all the proper procedures and specifications for these parts, very helpful.

If you have spark, but your injectors aren't firing, I'd check the crankshaft position sensor and do a fuel pressure test. It's possible the fuel pump has died, but done so in such a manner that it still spins without pumping fuel.
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well i had the car towed to a shop. it is the ignition control module. i hope this fixes my other problem too.
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