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.
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1997 Ford Thunderbird Problems
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.
1997 Ford Thunderbird Questions and Answers
flasher lights going all the time, running battery down. Pushing flasher button only increases rate of flash, but will NOT turn them off.
intermittent fog horn noise from underneath when taking foot off accelerator or while idle at stop light, but as soon as I press on accelerator it stops, Also rattle from under hood when car is bar...
There is no "blue capped recharge port" on this car. I assume it is a R134 system. There is a black capped port that looks like a recharge port. Can I recharge at that port with an R134 c...
My ford is getting very little power when stepping on the gas, actually flooring it
1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews
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..
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