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On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018, a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UPDATE: Snow, Coil Packs, and Bad Wires...

The winter of 2015 has dumped a LOT of snow on New England so far, and the Boston area has been particularly hard hit.  I've lost track of the actual amounts.  Let's just say my father's decision a few years ago to buy a snow blower was a VERY good one!

Vic hasn't moved much this season.  Right now, it is sidelined due to what I am hoping is the same offending wire in the harness by the radiator.  Hard to put into words what it is doing, or rather NOT doing, but basically there is some issue causing the car to crank just fine, but the car won't actually start most of the time.  When I turn the key half way, the engine light flickers... sometimes it stays on like normal, and when it does, the car will start.  BUT, it won't say on.  This reminds me of what happened years ago, and that was a bad wire.  I hope to get this looked at soon, as I am starting to experience CABIN FEVER!!!!!!!!

Todd's Vic has also been under the weather.  Last month we hit the road for the day and it was running real rough.  It was behaving like it had bad gas, or water in the tank, which with all this snow wouldn't be surprising.  We got some dry gas, put it in the tank, and it didn't work.  As we headed for home, it was decided that it could be a bad spark plug or coil pack.  It was a Saturday, but Taxi Guy was still open and we got some A1 service, as usual.  It took him no time at all to figure out one coil was weak.  Less than 15 minutes later, Todd's car had a new plug and coil pack.  The old one was actually steaming when it came out.  It didn't smell like coolant, but now we need to keep track of the intake, as it has not been replaced yet in the car.

One GOOD thing to share.  I picked up 2 headlights for Vic.  One NOS OEM, one OEM used but in great condition.  Nothing I do will keep mine shiny, so I took the plunge and got some on Ebay.  I spent less for 2 nice original Ford ones than what Ford wants for ONE new one!  Hopefully someday they can get installed.........