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    Default 2003 Town Car code P1238

    Iím stranded 50 miles from home. Car was fine, shut it off, visited a friend for a few hours. Came out and started it, it ran rough for about 30 seconds then stalled. I have one code P1237 something about the fuel system/fuel module. Is there an easy way to diagnose this? Iím kind of stuck here.


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    I’m not much help but better than none. Do you have any tools to confirm voltage to the pump?

    Found this: https://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/...Number=2704058
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Iím not much help but better than none. Do you have any tools to confirm voltage to the pump?

    Found this: https://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/...Number=2704058
    Not with me I donít. I think I can hear the pump running though. I know it doesnít make sense considering the code but it almost seems like a no spark issue. I tried cranking it a couple times just a few seconds each nothing stupid, and now it wonít crank. Like itís flooded or something. Iím kind of thinking itís best for me to not touch anything at this point.


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    Default 2003 Town Car code P1238

    Fuel pump relay seems fine, pump isnít running and I have 0 fuel pressure. I guess that leaves the pump or the fuel module?

    Does anyone know where that stupid module lives?


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    Fuel pump driver module is the inertia switch in the trunk. (Compared notes with the EVTM I have for 2000-2003 vehicles.) Make sure the button didn't pop and the connector is still attached. Also, check the connector on the fuel pump itself if you can. Might try banging on the fuel pump hanger as well in case the vibrations might loosen up the pump to run long enough to get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Fuel pump driver module is the inertia switch in the trunk. (Compared notes with the EVTM I have for 2000-2003 vehicles.) Make sure the button didn't pop and the connector is still attached. Also, check the connector on the fuel pump itself if you can. Might try banging on the fuel pump hanger as well in case the vibrations might loosen up the pump to run long enough to get home.
    Ok thanks, I figured they were a separate unit. Every image I find online shows a different looking device. I was able to push it into a nearby business lot. They said I can leave it overnight. Itís downtown in a pretty nice part of town. I know the owner of said business and she lives over the store and will keep an eye on it. Should be able to get a buddy with a trailer to tow it home tomorrow.


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    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.

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    tap the tank a few times with a rubber mallet, see if it starts.

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    So it turns out my guy with the trailer up and decided between 8PM last night and this morning that he's going to South Carolina for two weeks. Most of the people I know are unfortunately unreliable and only get ahold of me when they want something. But if I want something it's tough shit. Anyways called around and I'm looking at at least $300 for a 50 mile tow! One shop was willing to tow it to their shop for $60 and if I have them fix it there's no tow bill. I talked to the service manager and Monday is as soon as he can get to it. He said he's come across this issue before and thinks it's the fuel pump driver or a bad connection somewhere. They have them in stock $99, if it's the pump he didn't have a price. So I won't know anything until Monday, hoping it's cheaper to have them fix it otherwise I'm looking at a total of at least $360 in towing plus parts to do it myself. Honestly at this point if they can fix it for less $ than I have to my name I'll have them fix it.

    Iím starting to think I should be in the towing business. Back in 2015 I had the Ď01 Town Car towed 2 blocks and it was $125, having the 200 towed 17 miles when I wrecked it was $185! Insurance reimbursed me on both but it took months.
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    2003 Lincoln Twon Car Signature Series - Purchased 07/29/19 at 69,500, current daily driver.
    2001 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series - Purchased 04/18/15 at 108,653, traded in 5/2/16 at 139,000.
    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.

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    Kinda why I have AAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Kinda why I have AAA.
    I had it but I had to switch insurance companies a couple weeks ago, and right now with the whole being unemployed thing I just couldn't afford it. Yes I know it's only a few extra dollars a month, but right now those dollars count. I plan to upgrade my policy as soon as I get back to work. Also I really don't want to change a fuel pump, only ever done one and it was a true nightmare job. Even if it happened in my driveway I'd have probably had somebody local do it. It's just frustrating that it happened 50 miles from home right before ScottFest weekend. I was literally packed and ready to go, could've been worse I could have been 200 miles from home somewhere on I80 in the middle of PA when it let loose. Or then again I could have made it all the way there and had it fail in Scotts driveway

    Besides when I had AAA on the '01 TC the towing company they called made me pay up front then AAA reimbursed me. It took at least 60 days to get the money. I'm still waiting on them to reimburse me on the tow from when I wrecked the Chrysler on July 11.
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    2003 Lincoln Twon Car Signature Series - Purchased 07/29/19 at 69,500, current daily driver.
    2001 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series - Purchased 04/18/15 at 108,653, traded in 5/2/16 at 139,000.
    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.

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    That sucks. I've never had to fork over any money up front. And I've had several vehicles towed over the years.

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    That sucks. I've never had to fork over any money up front. And I've had several vehicles towed over the years.
    Iíve only done it twice, I assume it depends on the tow company more than AAA. I had Chrysler road side assistance tow me one winter when my battery died and it was 15 degrees below zero, that one didnít cost me anything.

    Imagine the laughter Iíd have gotten if I tried to use the Lincoln roadside assistance card that was in the cars owners manual. Itís only been expired since 2008. Probably not even s functioning number anymore.


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    2001 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series - Purchased 04/18/15 at 108,653, traded in 5/2/16 at 139,000.
    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.

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