Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Ford Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird Problems
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.
There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!
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.
Ford Thunderbird Questions
It will eventually start after cranking it long enough for the check engine light go off and the fuel pump fills the line with pressure. It will also start if starting fluid is squirted into the throttle plate assembly. I replaced the fuel pressure regulator, the problem still exists.
The back light and the dimmer do not work. all gauges function properly but night driving is not possible. vehicle only has 50 340 miles
started car the backed out of driveway then put it into drive,car shudders like its running out of gas , i did get back into driveway . I did hear a hissing sound and found a vacuum leak going from the pcv hose.would this cause such a problem ? also put on new fuel filter last year . I know i nee...
Ford Thunderbird Recalls
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 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.
Ford Thunderbird Reviews
We purchased this 1994 T-Bird from the original owner in 2001 and it had about 60,000 miles on it and was in beautiful condition. The engine is the 3.8 V-6, and only full synthetic oil was used in the car since new. My wife drove it until 2009 when she got a new car. At that time it had just under 100,000 miles on it. I started using it as my part time commute car for work and put another 5,...
I've never been a real fan of Ford until I gambled and bought my 1996 v-8....this is absolutely the best car I've ever owned, powerful, quiet, a smooth ride, and stylish good looks - the only fault I can find is the cup holders are positioned awkwardly
Beautiful Car. It is fun to drive. I am greatly disappointed with the air conditioner. They say it needs a new compressor. It has 32,000 miles on it.