1997 Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford Thunderbird

1997 Ford Thunderbird Problems

The valve cover gaskets may leak oil into the spark plug wells, shorting out the spark plugs, causing a misfire, and illuminating the Check Engine Light. Commonly the spark plugs and ignition coils or wires will require replacement, along with resealing the valve cover to correct this concern.

White smoke coming from the exhaust could indicate that a head gasket has blown or there is a cracked cylinder head. Our technicians tell us that removal and inspection of the cylinder heads will be required to confirm a crack is present.

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Questions

I can't figure out why the right windshield wiper won't work.. the left one works perfectly fine. I don't want too be driving in the middle of winter with only one wiper. Also I can't afford too go to a machanic. Anyone have an ideas? Thanks!

Just replaced water pump, and thermostat because my car kept overheating. Realized that my fan will not turn on even if I turn the ac on. I noticed that the 60amp fuse that controls the fan is blown, so I went and bought a replacement fuse. When I installed the new fuse, u turned the car on and w...

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

I have a 4.6 V8 with all the extras - has 100,000 miles and still like new - quiet, great ride, excellent brakes, purrs, never had a problem of any kind since 1997. Not many cars can claim that! One of the best used car buys on the market

Over all this is a GREAT car. My second one , I didn't really like Fords because of the old saying ( Found On Road Dead ) or ( Fix Or Repair Daily ) those are all lies..This bird is dress to impress and Power to go anywhere at anytime..

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