1997 Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

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

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

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.

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I have a 97 Thunderbird too, and am having the same trouble. Hard to start and runs with a bad miss.
When I put it in gear it misses very bad and the engine sounds like it is about to through a rod. Rattles like crazy.
Has new plugs and I have been told it has a sticking valve. I added an a...

I was driving onto the freeway ramp when I heard a clink sound. In seconds I started hearing my pistons clanging away because of the lack of oil. I may have striked a rock or something. I'm not sure. All I know is that it still starts but all the oil spilled out. Can someone please give me an...

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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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