Ford Tempo Repair and Maintenance

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

Ford Tempo Problems

Poor Idle, Engine Stalls, Hesitates on Acceleration

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.

Speedometer Operation Affected and Poor Transmission Shift Quality

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.

Automatic Transmission Shifts Hard

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.

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Ford Tempo Recalls

Ford Recalls 1992-1995 Models Due to Engine Fan Issue

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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Ford Tempo Reviews

272,000 miles still going, AC works good. original engine, tranny
Well, I was messing around with my mirrow and accidentally cut a cord.. however, it still works an everything else is fine with the car.. but now my radio doesnt work.. the power lights are still green on the stock radio but there's no music.. maybe it messed up the antenna? idk.. well no, because there's also no words/station display on the screen, just blank..
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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