Documents the process of installing a high output 200amp alternator
from a 2009 crown victoria police cruiser into an earlier vehicle. Also
contains information about howto get a pcm controlled alternator
working without a pcm present to control it.
Article has radio related wiring color codes, electrical connector
pinouts, and other useful information for anyone
considering upgrading the stereo in a 1995 or later crown victoria.
Note: This article does not deal with ford
"premium sound" setups.
Many cars now on the market have an auto-down feature on the drivers
window. Quickly tap the window button once
and release and the window will roll fully down. Article explains in
detail howto install an aftermarket window
module that will give the front driver and passenger side windows
auto-down and auto-up.
Did you know that the
power door lock and window switches in 1995 and later crownvic police
interceptors have LEDs inside them to light the white portion of the
switch at night to make it easier to see?
Being able to start your crown vic's engine by remote control during
the cold winter months and hot summer months is convienent. But do you
sometimes forget to turn the temperature knob to the full hot or full
cold position prior to exiting the car?
Many police interceptors were ordered from the ford with the interior
door handle and lock buttons inoperative, since it is undesirable for
prisoners to be able to escape from the rear seat. Initially, many
people fiddle with the "child safety switch". But after removing the
interior door panel, it becomes apparent that the rods that connect the
handle to the latch just aren't there. A kit containing the rods and
rivets is shipped from factory in a plastic bag in the trunk, but this
kit is often lost before being given to the new owner.
Documents the process of converting a crown victoria with the old
school manual knob climate control system into one that automatically
the blower speed and vent discharge temperature to maintain the
cabin temperature at the desired setting. This option is strangely
addictive in the sense that it's likely something you think that you
don't need. But once you have owned a vehicle with the automatic
temperature control, you'll want your next vehicle to have the feature
too. This article also contains wiring diagrams, pictures of parts, and
operation theory that would be useful to someone with a malfunctioning
air conditioning or heating system in their ford vehicle.
Is your police interceptor riding too low in the rear? Want to get rid
of the soft floaty feel to your civilian vics suspension and install
some firm sporty springs instead? Tired of troubleshooting the air
suspension system in your
All civilian crown vics had cruise control as a standard feature in
1998. On 98' crown vic police interceptor and taxi packages, cruise
control was optional. Article is relevant to anyone with a mid-1992 or
later crown victoria. 1992 was the transition year, early 1992 crown
vics with the AOD transmission still had the vacuum based cruise servo
setup that was in use on crown vics since the mid 1980's. Mid-1992
crown vics that had the electronic AODE transmission also got the new
electronic based cruise servo setup.
Are you wondering how to enable domelights in your 2006+ crown vic? or
how to enable speed control in the powertrain control module of your
drive-by-wire electronic throttle control 2005+ crown victoria?
Bucket seats were standard in police cruisers, split bench was an extra
cost option in the police package. Police departments need the large
open area between the two front seats to mount radios and other
equipment. Driving around
without anything to rest my right arm on felt awkward, so i grabbed a
center console out of a GenII ford taurus SHO. SHO console has a very
integrated look with the crown vic interior, and is
a good choice if you don't want console made for mounting police radios.
Civilian crown vics have a feature called autolamps that automatically
turns on the headlamps when it gets dark. Also included is a feature
called delayed exit that leaves the headlamps on for a short adjustable
period after turning the engine off. Recent police crown vics do not
have this feature, but it can be added. Automatic headlamps are
strangely addictive in the sense that one typically does not think that
they'll use the feature much at all. But once you've owned a car with
autolamps, you don't want another car without the feature.
Is a nice feature not to be blinded by bright headlight glare while
driving at night. Compass is useful for making decisions of which roads
to take when driving in unfamilar areas. Note: electrochromic mirrors
appear to be incompatible with aftermarket window tinting.
Majority of the interior and exterior lighting on 1995 and later crown
vics is computer controlled. This article has some pictures of the
internal circuitry that controls the lighting and some other useful
Waterpump replacement is a very easy job on 1992 and later crown vics,
should take less than two hours even for the backyard mechanic.
Heated Seat Retrofit
Just like the name implies, this article contains information about
adding heating elements to the drivers seat of a 1998 police
interceptor. Installation is entirely concealed and is not visible to
the vehicle operator except for the addition of the control switch.
This article also contains pictures of the drivers seat in
various stages of disassembly and would potentially be useful to
someone interested in repairing damage to their police interceptor's
seat such as tears in the upholstery and worn padding.
One day I was looking for an excuse to play with some new digital
imaging equipment and decided to take some pictures of the drivers
front door latch and ajar switch.
Lists various repairs and modifications to my 1998 ford crown victoria
police interceptor. Of note this document also covers some unique
issues that one will likely encounter if purchasing a pre-owned law
Old Broken Links:
(a guide to shopping for used police cars)
(how to replace the o-rings that often leak on
the 97' & prior PI oil coolers)
(installing a 91' crown vic police 140MPH speedometer cluster into a
(modular technical community) http://www.redpulsar.us/~coldfusion (charlie's page) http://www.jerseyvics.com
(documentation on how to change the rear shock absorbers, add a limited
slip unit to the rear, and misc other projects)
(car battery frequently asked questions)
(a guide to installing a 2001+ SAP center console into police