Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

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

Ford Thunderbird Problems

Revised ignition coil available with improved water and oil sealing

Water or oil may enter into the ignition coil cover and the spark plug bore, causing a misfire and illuminating the Check Engine Light. A coil with improved water and oil sealing is available and should be installed.

Check Engine Light Due to Oil Leak in Valve Cover Gasket

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.

Problem With Idle Air Bypass Valve May Cause Engine Performance Problems

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.

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Ford Thunderbird Questions

Where are the best smog and repair shops for my Tbird in Savramento,ca? (1 answer)

need economical smog related diagnostic foa my 1992 FORD THUNDERBIRD

I am considering buying an 88 Turbo Coupe 5 speed,121,000 miles (1 answer)

very good condition. Body is almost perfect. Has new timing belt,water pump,plugs,fuel pump,tires. there is no info on repair pal for this vehicle as to problems... Thanks

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

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Ford Thunderbird Recalls

A Crack May Develop in the Fuel Tank

On 56 vehicles, the fuel tank may have an area with a thin wall and may crack, creating the potential for a fuel leak, fuel odor, and the Check Engine Light may come on. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. The Ford recall number is 05S29.

Ford Recalls 2004 Taurus, Thunderbird, and Mercury Sable Models for Seat Weld Issue

Ford has recalled certain 2004 Taurus, Thunderbird, and Mercury Sable vehicles due to an inadequate weld on the front seats. In a collision, the seat may not perform as designed, which could result in injury. Dealers will replace the upper support assembly on the power seats.

Recall 02V169000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE DRIVER'S SIDE SEAT BELT CONTACTED THE SEAT RECLINER DURING A 35 MPH NCAP FULL-FRONTAL BARRIER IMPACT TEST.

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Ford Thunderbird Reviews

I have owned 2002 t bird since it was and have had problems with a/c three times, other than that it is a very good car
I have owned 4 Retrobirds and the same problem has persisted with each: Coil failure due condensation and/or water getting within. The vehicle will hesitate and run very rough; eventually the wrench warning light will appear and the car will go into limp mode. After March 2015 the warranty coverage for this design flaw expired. If you purchase one be sure to investigate extended FoMoCo warranti...
I really enjoy my 2002 thunderbird but the air conditioner blows hot air blows hot air occasionally and finaly went totaly hot. The dealer tells me that a faulty vacumn type module within the dash needs to be preplaced ($1300). This is after I replaced a the compresor last year.

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