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1992 Ford Tempo

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1992 Ford Tempo Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

The vehicle may lose vehicle speed signal, which can affect speedometer operation and transmission shift quality. Most often the Vehicle Speed Sensor is faulty, however, at times, the driven gear inside the transmission is at fault. Replace the Vehicle Speed sensor and inspect the driven gear upon sensor removal.

Engine -- Verified

Sludge build up in the throttle body can cause a poor engine idle, stalling, and/or hesitation. The correction is to install a new idle air control valve spacer kit to prevent the sludge build up, set the base idle, and clean the throttle body.

Drive Train -- Verified

If the throttle lever is out of adjustment, or the grommets are missing / broken at the throttle or transmission, the automatic transmission can shift hard. Replace the grommets as needed and adjust the throttle lever.

Engine -- Verified

Outdated software in the engine control processor can cause poor engine performance, hesitation on acceleration, and possible stalling problems. The processor will need to be replaced to get the updated calibration.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Internal heater blower motor issues can cause a ticking noise from the heater blower when the fan is on. To correct this concern, replace the heater blower motor with a revised unit.

1992 Ford Tempo Recalls (Recent)

Engine, March 31, 1997

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Ford has recalled certain 1992-1995 Taurus and Mercury Sable models with 3.8L engines, 1994-1995 Taurus and Mercury Sable models with 3.0L engines, 1992-1994 Tempo and Mercury Topaz models with 3.0L engines, 1994 Tempo and Mercury Topaz models with 2.3L engines, and 1992-1994 Lincoln Continental models in certain cold weather states for an issue with the engine electric cooling fan. During high winds, low temperatures, and drifting snow, the fan could become blocked or frozen with snow. This could cause the fan not to rotate and ultimately overheat. Dealers will install a harness with a circuit breaker to protect the fan motor from overheating.

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1992 Ford Tempo Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1992 Ford Tempo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Magee, MS

brake lights work but signal don't

stedillie, 1992 Ford Tempo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Belle Fourche, SD

replaced starter relay now i'm not sure where wires go on each terminal

Visitor, 1992 Ford Tempo, 3.0L V6, Minneapolis, MN

Hello, I have a check engine light and the engine is of course running a bit rough - where is the computer or where can I check the codes?


Visitor, 1992 Ford Tempo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Rolla, MO

Will turn over but not start. There is a disconnected hose but don't know where it goes.

kenrowe, 1992 Ford Tempo, 3.0L V6, Dublin, GA

drivers seat belt not working (the shoulder belt that moves as you turn key)

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1992 Ford Tempo Reviews

owned this car since new , can't complain , it's been great reliable transportaion all these past 20 years..sure it's had a few problems in 20 years (what car wouldn't) but it's been and still is the best ,longest lasting car i've ever owned . i still drive it daily and hope i get another 20 years out of it

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