1997 Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

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

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Problems

Engine Stalling and/or Hesitation on Acceleration due to Faulty Idle Air Bypass Valve

If you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

Extended Warranty on Ford Ignition Coils

There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your  Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!

Coolant Leak From Intake Manifold

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 took my car in and had a trans flush and now it slips in first gear (1 answer)

It I hold the brake and give it gas to the rpms go up to 2000 it doesn't seem to slip and shortly it shifts into second and didn't slip through the rest of the gears. Wondering if I need to replace the filter. They just did a flush through the fluid filler. Limited funds please help...

Turned off now it don't turn over don't click nothing. Has juice in battery.Does this have a kill switch? (1 answer)

Door open light stays on (1 answer)

New door pins internal lights turn off when pins are manually pressed

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1997 Ford Thunderbird Reviews

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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

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