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    1988 Lincoln Town Car no start.

    You aren't trying to "boost" the battery with that external pack, you are trying to replace it. The cable connections/clips may simply not be adequate. Can I assume the dead battery has been disconnected or removed? If not, then that dead battery would act as a short and make things even...
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    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    I am suspicious of those splices. The only way to check would be to strip off the insulation on each one for thorough visual inspection and a pull test
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    Ford 5.4 fuel injector connector

    I have a couple of MAP sensors with similar plastic (and broken) latches. Fortunately, the shape of the MAP connection is such that nylon cable-ties are easy and reliable to apply.
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    Ford 5.4 fuel injector connector

    The earliest ones I know of had the wire clip. I think the all-plastic retaining is a later design to reduce cost.
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    Ford 5.4 fuel injector connector

    That is the original Bosch style injector, began in the early 1970s and very common. You can find a Bosch P/N easily, but will be pricey. The least expensive I saw, with a quick search, is this for $2.50 Note that it shows three pins because they provide a spare pin...
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    Ford 5.4 fuel injector connector

    Are you looking for a Ford P/N, or hoping that this is a standard from some connector manufacturer? Injector connectors are fairly generic, but there are several different common injector designs over the years. Maybe posting a picture of an injector would help.
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    Ford 5.4 fuel injector connector

    Are you looking for a Ford P/N, or hoping that this is a standard from some connector manufacturer? Injector connectors are fairly generic, but there are several different common injector designs over the years. Maybe posting a picture of an injector would help.
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    Should I See AC Voltage at the Battery?

    The last time NickD logged in was 12/28/2020 I think it was a few months after that when somebody noticed an obit for a a Nick Dxxx who had lived in mid-Wisconsin. We figure that was probably him, but not really sure. Note that the recent discussion about AC ripple is with 30 volts AC, not 30...
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    Should I See AC Voltage at the Battery?

    It probably is your meter; the chances of having three identically-failing vehicles is pretty slim... When the charging system is working properly the AC ripple should be less than 1V, probably even down in the 100-500mV range. That would be either at the battery or alternator output stud...
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    2010 Acadia won’t stay running

    Is it fixed now? What parts did you have to replace/repair?
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    Should I See AC Voltage at the Battery?

    Sadly, NickD has passed away since that post in 2007. There should be little-to-no AC on the system, under 1V at the very maximum. You probably have shorted diodes in the alternator that are discharging the battery rapidly when the engine isn't running (as well as causing the AC ripple...
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    Power Steering

    Air is cleared by turning the wheels R-L a few times. Maybe ten full R-L cycles should do it. Usually just one short drive.
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    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    Correct on the spark and pump, but for the injector you will need to leave connected and back-probe the wiring/connector while reading voltage. When the engine is running one injector wire should have steady 12V, and the other should pulsing, The pulsing is low duty-cycle so may be hard to...
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    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    Try to determine which of these (if not all three) is ceasing as the engine dies: 1) Spark, a timing light is easiest/best, but just pulling a plug lead/coil and looking for spark to ground will do. 2) Injector, a "noid light" is easiest, but you can use a voltmeter 3) Fuel pressure/pump...
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    Power Steering

    "The front tyres are pointed like at a 15 to 20 degree angle. I am guessing that is why." Clarify that. Are you saying the front wheels are not parallel, both pointing in the same direction, at any point in the steering range? Posting pictures may help us understand better. What did the guy...
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