Lincoln Continental Parts And Lincoln Continental Accessories
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There are probably no other words that can make Lincoln Continental owners cringe than a broken transmission. A frequent issue with Lincoln Continental luxury cars throughout its entire production run, transmission failure can seriously disable the vehicle and require extensive (and costly) repair and replacement costs. There are many signs that indicate transmission failure in the Lincoln Continental, but these are often subtle and similar to the symptoms exhibited by other faulty automotive components. Below are the top signs of transmission problems in the Lincoln Continental:
Many diehard Continental fans attest that a manual transmission offers better handling characteristics, but Continentals with a stick shift can also refuse to budge when you step on the clutch and move the stick. This can happen when trying to get into first gear from a stop or when going up and down the gears. Either way, this can indicate low levels of transmission fluid (which in turn may be caused by a leak), using the wrong type of fluid, or the shift cables or clutch linkage being out of sync.
Smell something burning in and around the transmission? This is an indication of overheating. The burnt smell is from the transmission fluid, which may be running low in the system. Aside from keeping the various gears and other moving parts of the gearbox running smoothly, transmission fluid also keeps heat generated by these parts to a minimum. And once the transmission begins to dip, the heat rises in turn.
Once your Continental\'s transmission starts to heat up, check if the transmission fluid is still at recommended levels and whether it is contaminated by rust or other particles. Look for signs of leaks as well around the transmission. It is also recommended to check the Continental\'s oil cooler, if it has one, as a malfunctioning cooler will diminish the car\'s ability to cool the transmission fluid.
If the transmission is working properly, your Continental will stay in the gear you designate or what the onboard computer designates for a given RPM range. But in a malfunctioning transmission, the gears may suddenly slip and cause the car to spontaneously pop out of the gear it is driving in or-in the case of manual transmissions-force the stick back into neutral.
Slipped gears are among the most severe transmission problems, causing the Continental to go-out-of-control due to lack of or inadequate power to the wheels. In such cases, the gears or the linkages that hold the gears together will need to be replaced.
Another common problem in Continentals with manual transmissions, the clutch disc may fail to disengage the flywheel when you step on the clutch. This will cause the clutch to spin with the engine, causing a grinding noise and making it next to impossible to switch gears.
Thankfully, a dragging clutch is one of the easier transmission problems to fix. In most cases, the clutch disc does not disengage because of too much slack in the cable connecting the pedal to the clutch disc. Tightening the cable should be able to fix this problem.