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Why would a 1996 Lincoln Town Car stall at highway speeds of 70 mph?

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2011-09-13 17:14:01
2011-09-13 17:14:01

mine had a elec. short @ high speeds or shrp turns it would stall out. wait 5 min then it starrt again or open the hood and wiggle around the fuses in the fuse box facing the car towards the windshield on the right side

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if it happens when you go full throttle or at highway speeds try replacing the fuel filter


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sounds like a crankshaft positioning sensor. must be at low speeds and stop signs?



Assuming the question is about speeds, there is no simple answer. For example, a speed that is safe for a car on a winding road in wet weather would not be safe for an aircraft - the aircraft would probably stall!


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because if you stop immediately then the car will stall.


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that can be any number of things, a bad fuel filter, a bad fuel pump, it can be electrical, air. there are 3 basic elements that make a vehicle run: Air, Electricity, fuel, you take away one of these 3 items and your can will run very crappy or not at all. Start with the basics and go from there.


if you have a cracked distributor cap then water would get inside it and make your car stall.


i"m not sure if a Lincoln navigator would have a sway bar, But my sway bar broke in my Chevy celebrity once and the whole car would rock side to side after turns and such. it's a bar by the rear axle and mine literally broke in two.


Hey Carol==The fuel filter is probably just about stopped up. Replace it and I think you will fix your car. GoodluckJoe


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check all your vaccum hoses to make sure their tight and not hanging off.



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