Ford Thunderbird Repair and Maintenance

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

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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.

Battery Light Due to Damaged Alternator Connector

The battery light may illuminate on the instrument panel because the alternator wire harness connector is damaged. A new connector kit is available and should be installed to correct this concern.

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!

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Ford Thunderbird Questions

Slight whining noise when I press the Throttle Down? How do I fix it? (2 answers)

Also sometimes I'll give it gas and I can feel it in my chest just like when I use the cruise control I feel the acceleration without it I don't feel it why not can anybody help me 1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 liter V6
Ps bought it for $800 runs GREAT 3rd owner 111k miles I've had it...

how does a brake light switch keep a 1990 ford thunderbird from starting (1 answer)

starter solinoid,ignition module, replaced press brakes turn key nothing, but jumper solinoid and the car starts. why?

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

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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

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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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