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Anyone replaced/programmed a Driver's Door Module on a Town Car?
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    Kaysboat Kaysboat's Avatar
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    Default Anyone replaced/programmed a Driver's Door Module on a Town Car?

    I have a weird problem on the 2007 Town Car I have narrowed down to a faulty driver's door module. When I parked the car, there were no issues, but when I started it up the following things didn't work:

    1. Keyfob locks and trunk release
    2. Driver's seat
    3. Power mirrors
    4. Dome light does not come on when door opens

    I'm fairly sure it's a faulty driver's door module, and can get one off ebay and replace it no issues. But, I understand they need to be programmed. Does anyone have any experience with that, or know any other info about these I should know (beside buy the exact part number replacement)?

    Thanks.

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    You should check the grounds under the driver side of the dash and kick panel and the fuses first to rule out a bad connection or blown fuse causing your trouble.

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    Ah yes. I'm all too familiar.

    Yes, all of these items do come back to the Driver Door Module.

    For your car, you can use any Driver Door Module from any 2006-2008 Town Car. Keep in mind a 2008 Town Car will have TPMS enabled, so it'll start whining on the dashboard about that if you get one from a 2008. You could get one from a similar era Crown Vic or Grand Marquis but will probably be missing functions.

    If you have a laptop and a obd2 adapter, you could use ForScan to validate inputs/outputs from the box to make sure everything is otherwise OK.

    2003-5, and 2006-8 Town Cars do have flakey door modules - usually with solder joint failures inside the plastic box. Constant door slamming plus cold temps don't give them great durability.
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    With all those functions down, wiring/grounds as Sly suggests. Unless the towncar is different, power seats is just a switch on the door panel and doesn't communicate with the ddm, same for power mirrors.

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    Humm, ok. Thanks for the info on the parts.

    Yesterday, the functions started and stopped working randomly (basically every time I opened and closed the door). Fairly sure it's a bad connection. TechNical, I assume the solder joints you were referring to are internal to the box and can't really be fixed?

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    The joints can be fixed if you are adept with a soldering iron. I would also check all the wiring harnesses going into the unit especially the ones going through the rubber cover going into the door. That last part may take some doing.
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    I was lucky enough to find two modules with the same part number at a junkyard, but neither car had any key fobs and I couldn't find the keyless door code (stickers were not on the trunk hinges).

    I think that I can install the box, and everything should world minus the keyless entry (not too concerned about that) and the key fob. I think if I take it to a Ford dealer, they can reprogram my fobs to work with the "new" module and reset the keypad.

    Is that correct?

    I don't mind mechanical stuff, but I hate electrical and especially programming issues.

    Thanks.

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    Call the dealer first of course, but yes, they should be able to.

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