Ford Thunderbird Problems

Coolant Loss, Engine Overheating, White Smoke From Exhaust on Ford Thunderbird

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

(21 people reported this problem)

Ford Thunderbird Vehicles With This Problem

RepairPal Fair Price Estimate
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 105,131 (58,000–183,899)
Engines affected: 3.8L V6, 4.6L V8, 5.0L V8
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Not Your Ford Thunderbird Problem?
Brake problem? Or maybe a faulty head gasket cylinder?
Learn About Your Car Problems
Search For a Specific Car Problem
Viewing 1-10 of 10 comments
White smoke from exhaust but only on start when idle for a while... and coolant leaking from center engine..
Started fine, had no indication of any problems, then all of a sudden a strong odor of gas, started running rough, acting like it wanted to die. Shut it off, started it again, got blue smoke, then white out of the tailpipes, nothing but the smell of gas.
mines has a white blue smoke comming from the tail pipes upon start up , low idel. and a lot when you takes off... but it smells alot like fuel. not sweet or oil.
When i apply pressure to the pedal a kick of white smoke comes from my mufflers then disappear and then the mufflers kicks out a little of white smoke just at sitting in park ..what could be the problem even after i turn the car off the mufflers r still smoking a little bit.
I purchased a 93 Thunderbird for my son after I had it checked out by a mechanic. I was told it checked out with no problems and if there was going to be a head gasket issue it would have surfaced long ago. Well as you probably guessed the head gasket blew within weeks of buying it. Nothing $1500 plus couldn't fix.
It was driving fine in the cold weather. I got on the gas a bit and then my check engine light started flashing. Got it back to my garage and couldn't find any issues when the car was off. It took me about 20 minutes just to make the car crank, still haven't figured out why, and after it did it was nothing but white clouds and chocolate oil, along with exhaust smoke pouring out of my radiator. Haven't had it fixed yet, but have confirmed that it's not the water pump or any leaky hoses, or anything else that's easy to get to.