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Most Common Ford Thunderbird Problems

There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!
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...
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 b...
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0 Known Ford Thunderbird Brakes Problems

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2 Known Ford Thunderbird Electrical & Lights Problems

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.
For the 2.3L 4 Cylinder and 5.0L V8 engine, the electrical ignition switch poses a fire hazard. An updated switch is available.

11 Known Ford Thunderbird Engine Problems

There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!
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...
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 b...

0 Known Ford Thunderbird Exhaust & Emissions Problems

0 Known Ford Thunderbird Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known Ford Thunderbird Maintenance Problems

0 Known Ford Thunderbird Miscellaneous Problems

1 Known Ford Thunderbird Suspension & Steering Problem

While steering, if you hear a clunk or a rattle, or if you experience premature tire wear, this could indicate the inner tie rod ends are loose or worn and will require replacement.

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Known Ford Thunderbird Problems & Complaints

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 s...
There may be an extended warranty on the ignition coils - see your Ford Dealer for more information-Thanks John B for this information!
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 ...
This engine may leak oil from the valve cover gasket.
The 4.6L V8 engine used in the Ford Thunderbird from 1994-1997 is known for displaying the normal symptoms of a coolant leak, including overheating, especially when the vehicle is idling, the stron...
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...
The 1996-1997 Ford Thunderbird with the optional 4.6L Modular V8 and plastic intake manifold is known for engine overheating, even with normal use, and a coolant leak from the front of the manifol...
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 b...
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.
The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall wa...
The intake and valve cover gaskets may leak oil.
For the 2.3L 4 Cylinder and 5.0L V8 engine, the electrical ignition switch poses a fire hazard. An updated switch is available.
While steering, if you hear a clunk or a rattle, or if you experience premature tire wear, this could indicate the inner tie rod ends are loose or worn and will require replacement.
Engine misfire could be caused by worn or broken motor mounts that raise the motor on one side while the vehicle is accelerating. The stress on the engine control wiring harness can cause breaks in...
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