2004 Town Car with various issues

Dogluvr

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Keep up the good work Dogluvr.👍

Maybe this will help with the airbag.

Thanks!
alldata says 51 is a problem with the drivers seat belt switch. I’ll check it out tomorrow.
Meanwhile here’s what she looks like today. Smells like a hospital inside 😉
 

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Dogluvr

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I'm not your "buddy".
Hey pal, don’t take it out on me. You made a rookie mistake. No big deal. We’ve all done it.

Did you actually think I didn’t know I had to press the brake pedal? Did you even read any of this thread? You really threw me off and I was being diplomatic. Now you’re just being rude.
 

Dogluvr

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Update.
It needed the trim replaced on both passenger doors from where grandma probably rubbed against the garage door or something so I went to my local pull a part and found some good ones. Pretty easy repair looks 100% better. That was really the only cosmetic flaw. Also I picked up two trunk latches. Got my trunk release to work because it has stopped again but the motor still doesn’t kick on. I applied direct voltage to it and it still won’t move. I’ll be going back to the yard tomorrow to get the other two motors. Hopefully I’ll have trunk pull down tomorrow. Then all I’ll have to fix is that air bag light. The car drives great! I took it on the highway tonight and got some gas. What a cruiser. I gotta give it to Lincoln. None of my Cadillacs rode like this except maybe my 1990 Brougham. They should have kept the full frame rear wheel drive longer than 96. None of my Northstar caddy’s could have held a candle to this thing! Feels like a tank.
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Dogluvr

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Update.
The trunk needed a latch and a pull down module. Everything working normal again. As soon as I plugged in a donor module from Pull-a-part the motor kicked in and the light turned on. I got a latch out there too and the trunk release is back to normal. Sweet.
Now for this air bag light...
 

raiderfan247365

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Update.
The trunk needed a latch and a pull down module. Everything working normal again. As soon as I plugged in a donor module from Pull-a-part the motor kicked in and the light turned on. I got a latch out there too and the trunk release is back to normal. Sweet.
Now for this air bag light...

My theory proved correct then haha good to know, thanks for keeping us updated, good luck on the air bag light.
 

Dogluvr

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It's awesome to read from your first post to how much you've fixed yourself to get the TC running good again! Every update I read makes me smile and "Like" knowing that you're almost at that "car nirvana" that we all strive for with automobiles we own. Let us know if/when you have a name for your sweet TC too.
Car Nirvana. I like that. I’ve experienced it a few times 😉. This car is almost there!! It’s so nice. Better than any front wheel drive caddy even though I love the 91-93 devilles.
Update. Even though I figured it might not work, I tried a donor RCM to fix my air bag issue. (Restraint Control Module) it didn’t recognize my car and threw a different code through the light, #16.
problem is I don’t know if it also sees the 51 code because it only shows one code at a time (through the air bag light) until you fix each one. So back to the drawing board. I need a better scanner!! 🤑🤑 I tried unplugging the yellow connector under the seat and in the b-pillar under the seat belt retractor but it still remained. Might go see a friend with the real scanner so I can get a detailed code since 51 refers to 4 different possibilities.
I fixed a slightly loose trim piece today. Used 3M VHB tape. If you’ve never used it, get some!!
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Dogluvr

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Update.
Found out someone has already tried fixing this driver’s seat buckle issue. The buckle has been changed already. Someone put a used one in it (wrong color), twisted the wires together without any butt splice or anything, and wrapped it in electrical tape. I tried a different used one I got today (along with a wood grain steering wheel 😉) but no change. My guess is the previous repair attempt didn’t work either and a new module was too expensive so they left it.
Sooo...I got the light out a different way LOL. You might guess how.....I can’t stand lights. Yes it chimes at me now but only for a minute then stops. I’ll fix it eventually. At least I don’t have to look at a light the whole time.

One more small issue, I’m gonna have to manually move the pedals down all the way. The unit seems to be stuck in the middle. They’ll move about a half inch back and forth but they hit a sticky spot and stay there. I need them all the way down. No biggie. Do that tomorrow
 

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Dogluvr

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I got the pedals down. All seemed to move freely when I took it apart. I guess the motor is tired. It’s much better now it was near the highest point so it felt awkward and uncomfortable. Steering wheel felt far but pedals felt close.
Question: anyone know the color names used in these years? I know my seats are MED LT STONE. The dash and steering wheel are a darker color. I need to get the right paint to redo this wood grain steering wheel.
Label says: QU
 

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Dogluvr

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Colorbond Ford MED DARK STONE. Makes sense. Light stone and dark stone.

edit: called dealer they said it’s called DARK STONE not medium dark stone. That’s also a color available from colorbond. Amazon $20. Looks like a perfect match. We’ll see
 
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Colorbond Ford MED DARK STONE. Makes sense. Light stone and dark stone.

edit: called dealer they said it’s called DARK STONE not medium dark stone. That’s also a color available from colorbond. Amazon $20. Looks like a perfect match. We’ll see
Some O'Reilly auto stores Can match your color in spray cans..... I have used them to tutch up the outside of my motorhome and the color is perfect.....
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Dogluvr

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Sanded down the steering wheel. Filled in some of the pitting that was pretty bad on the left side. Should look like new after paint.
If you haven’t used this leather repair stuff it’s pretty cool. I’ve used it a few times to fill in cracks. Apply it and cure it carefully with a heat gun. It doesn’t dry on its own. It’s kinda like hot glue and then you can sand it once it’s cooled. It’s ugly now but it’ll be pretty 😉
 

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I am curious as to how this leather repair turns out. I have been planning to send my wheel to be professionaly recovered when I take my TC down for a rebuild but, the prices I have seen are pretty proud.

Where did you get the tub of material? I imagine that tub would do 25 wheels.

Thanks for the idea.
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Dogluvr

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I am curious as to how this leather repair turns out. I have been planning to send my wheel to be professionaly recovered when I take my TC down for a rebuild but, the prices I have seen are pretty proud.

Where did you get the tub of material? I imagine that tub would do 25 wheels.

Thanks for the idea.
This stuff does go a long ways. I don’t suspect having to buy any more for a long time! It’s a very small tub. Don’t know if the pic makes it look big but it’s not. I honestly don’t remember where I got it (it’s been like 4 years) but I’m sure it can be bought online easily. It filled in the low spots on the wheel pretty good. This is the 4th steering wheel I’ve repainted and it always turns out great. But it’s the first time I had pitting bad enough to use the filler. I got a wood grain for my GMC Sierra 5 years ago. Painted it from gray to black. It still looks like the day I did it. 👍 once this one gets paint we’ll see how smooth it turned out where the pitting was. Hard to tell right now by looking but it feels really good. It took three really thin applications sanding between each one to get it filled in good. I’ll be able to fill in some of the really tiny pits just by sanding between coats of paint. I’ll be using 1500 grit. I used 400 on the whole thing which knocked it down a good bit. Feels smooth as a baby’s bottom. I’ll def post results. Paint should arrive Saturday.
You’re welcome 👌
 

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Anybody that likes dogs is welcome here.

You should read through the stickies at the top of this forum. There is one about a common water leak you can fix in about an hour.

For the no shifting, there are 2 brake switches, one for the lights & one for the shifter. You probably need this one linked to in post #4.


For the airbags the leaks are usually found on the section that is folded over. The best way to check is to jack up the body until the bags are elongated and then look for small cracks. Sometimes the 'filter/drier' the air passes through can get clogged, the pump could be bad, the air line could be cut, the solenoids could be stuck and the bags can have leaks.

I would use something like WD-40 to clean the ignition lock.

It sounds like lots of corrosion has been happening. The DDM (Driver Door Module) and the enviormental control module may be salvagable with a cleaning.

For the OBD2 ALDL port check the fuse for your cigarette lighter. There is power supplied from the same circut and if that fuse is blown for some reason a scanner won't be able to connect.
 

Sorensontx

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WD40..... May I suggest never to use WD40 in a lock..... It is a Mineral oil Base and it will collect dust and dirt like crazy.... Spray on a piece of glass and lay it on your patio for a day or so And you will see..... It will stay tacky......
Yes I have used a ton of it in my lifetime for various things But I will not use it in a keyed lock......
I use 3-in-one. LOCK DRY LUBE. There are many dry lubes out their You won't be sorry......
 

Dogluvr

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Update after a long week

water pump and power steering pump on the Escalade. Soldered some new bulbs into my Sierra’s climate control last night. I did finish the steering wheel on the TC. I’m happy with it but the color is not quite right. More gray. Should have went with my gut and got the MED DRK STONE. It looked closer online. But no biggie it’s really close but I went back and got the air bag that I left at the yard because I didn’t want to change the color of my original one. Now I’ll have 2 good steering wheels.
I did 4 coats and then sanded with 400. (1500 wasn’t doing much) then 3 more coats. Still have some slight pitting but nothing anyone would notice. It’ll be less noticeable once I buff it. Speaking of buffing, I put a wheel to the paint this week too. Boy did it need it!!! Compound, polish, ceramic hybrid wax. Looks and feels fantastic!! Never noticed how much sparkle was in the paint before.
 

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