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Ford Tempo Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

Outdated software in the engine control processor can cause poor engine performance, hesitation on acceleration, and possible stalling problems. The processor will need to be replaced to get the updated calibration.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

Poor rubber material used in the motor mounts can cause them to fail, leading to a knocking noise or lifting sensation on acceleration. The motor mounts will need to be replaced with revised parts.

Ford Tempo Recalls (Recent)

Engine, March 31, 1997

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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 Questions and Answers

briansstiles, 1990 Ford Tempo, Hilton, NY

Need step by step for removal of manual transmission. I actually have an 1989 model.
(don't need any more responses...the job was done the day after I asked. The AllData answer although jus...

RandyRhodes, 1990 Ford Tempo, Astoria, NY

Does my car have stored trouble codes? If so how can i retreive them,also i was wondering could a bad strut cause the check engine light to come on?

schwindt, 1990 Ford Tempo, Dickinson, ND

the heater was working but blowing cold air so i shut off the fan and tryed to turn the fan back on but there was notihng

Aztek713, 1990 Ford Tempo, Hereford, PA

Alternator belt tears 2-3 tmes per week. Had bracket replaced. A/C does not work, would seized condensor cause belt problem? Any other ideas??

Visitor, 1990 Ford Tempo, Redwood City, CA

how do i fix my horn when i cant find any horn relay?my car doesnt have cruise control so theres no speed control amplier that its with and i have a manual transmission.i know the horn works when h...

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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

I have a 94 tempo and it's been a good car it has 363798 mile on her and still does not burn any oil ,motor is strong and great on gas about 25 city and 32 highway but the inside of the car is falling apart so all in all a pretty good car

WORST CAR TO OWN. I'd wrather walk with my feet on fie to califoria than to drive this.

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