Ford Thunderbird

Also known as the T-Bird, the Ford Thunderbird was a personal luxury car produced by Ford Motor Company from 1955-2005. This vehicle was manufactured in 11 generation models, which made it one of the longest-staying product lines of the company.

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Ford Escort
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Ford Escort LX

What is code P1443 on 1997 Ford Escort?

Evaporative Emission Control System control valve malfunction. You need a new evap control surge solenoid valve.

Chevy 350
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Chevy Malibu

Can loose rocker cause bent push rod?

Sure can, Quick

A bent push rod will cause a loose rocker

A loose rocker has no way to bend a push rod, there is no pressure.

Car Fuses and Wiring
Ford Taurus
Ford Thunderbird

Where can you find a fuse box - panel diagram for a 1986-1995 Ford Taurus?

If you are sitting in car down at your left knee under dash is the box for the fuses

According to Chilton's Repair Manual, the fusebox was unchanged from 1986-1995.

The Taurus Club website has scanned images of the Owners Manual pages for the fusebox - see "Related Link" below


Look under the dash to the left of the steering column, you will find the fuses box can be titled down for ease or replacement

AnswerGo to a Ford dealer service dept and ask them to photocopy the page out of their EVTM(Electrical Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual).

under the hood in the black box near the battery! the top cover should be labled with the description of the locations for each individual fuse!

1988 Ford Taurus fuseboxBelow the dash right above the parking brake; there is a small metal bar with instructions on it which needs to be pulled in order to lower and access the fusebox. You may have to reach under the dash and pull down gently on the fusebox while pulling the bar in the direction indicated. AnswerThere is a fuse panel under the dash to the left of the steering wheel. You have to push up on a bar and then pull it down till it clicks. There should be a black cover over it that just pops off.

Owners manual

Answerdrivers side in front of firewall AnswerGo to: AnswerThe dealer has a book called an EVTM(Electrical Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual). Thsi is a book the technicians use and it contains, among other things, fuse box diagrams. I am sure they would be willing to run off a photo copy of that page for you free of charge. If you wnat the whole owner's manual, some are still available to order. I am not sure if you can still get 1994 though, but it's worth a try. AnswerThe owners manual is available from the nearest dealership, but they are not cheap. What you really want, if I understand your question correctly, is to be able to tell what each fuse goes to. To solve this I would recommend either a Haynes or Chilten service manual available from your local auto parts store. Most of these manuals cost around $25.00, and contain lots of valuable information besides a diagram of the fuse pannel and a listing of what fuse goes to what.

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There is one under the left side of the dash and one located under the hood close to the battery.

Ford Taurus
Ford Thunderbird

Where is vacuum hose from heater 1998 Ford Taurus?

Depends on which engine.

For the Duratec, there are 3 vacuum hoses on the backside of the upper intake manifold - UIM.

One large diameter hose goes to the right, and connects to a 'reservoir' on the firewall, just to the left of the master cylinder. One of the hoses that connects to this reservoir supplies the master cylinder/brake booster.

A second line from the UIM feeds the EGR valve and the fuel pressure regulator - goes to the far left first to a black box mounted to the left end of the UIM. The hoses then come all the way back to the EGR/regulator, and are routed underneath the throttle-body. Look for green and red, small diameter hoses.

The third line off the back of the UIM goes to a vacuum reservoir box on the firewall, way over to the left. This is the one that supplies the heater controls that provide directional control, e.g., defrosters, vent, floor.

I found this out when my car was having very random starting problems (the line going to the fuel pressure regulator). Some of these vacuum lines are small diameter hard plastic hoses - mine were so brittle they were snapping left and right.

I suspect hairline cracks were the cause of the intermittent starting problem.

The vacuum diagrams came from's free repair guide.

Also note, the vacuum diagrams are very different across the various engines and model years!!

Ford Thunderbird

What is the Timing for a 2.3 L Turbo Thunderbird Coupe?

Well base timing is 10*. but you make sure you check it with the SPOUT out(its the little plug about 6 inches down from the dist. on the same wiring loom.make sure that before you start it that the mark on the crank is at the 0* mark and the cam pulley is at the middle mark on the plastic shroud (at about the 5 o'clock position) and the rotor in side the dist is pointing to the number 1 spark plug wire (from driver side its the bottom right) for a reference and murkurencyclopedia are priceless tools of info.

hope that helps some .Branson.

Ford Thunderbird

How many oxygen sensors in a 96 ford thunderbird lx?

There are two. a pre-cat sensor and one further down on the exhaust.

Ford Thunderbird

What is location of signal flasher on 1991 Ford Thunderbird?

Under the dash, on a bracket near the steering column, or plugged in to the fuse panel.

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Cars & Vehicles
Ford Thunderbird

What is the spark plug gap for a 1987 ford Thunderbird?

1987 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2.3L 140cid L4 MFI Turbo (W) : Ignition : spark plug gap .034 3.8L 232cid V6 TBI (3) : Ignition : spark plug gap .054 5.0L 302cid V8 MFI (F) : Ignition : spark plug gap .050

Turbo and Superchargers
Ford Thunderbird
Grand Prix GTP

Exactly what will you need to put a SuperCharger on a 3.8 V6 Thunderbird LX?

You would be better off getting an actual SC motor from a parts car than trying to swap an SC onto a standard 3.8L LX. The SC motor is designed for the boost application, as it has forged crankshaft, rods, and better pistons to handle the boost. A normal 3.8L would not handle the boost you can get out of the M90 Eaton blower that the SC's came with. You would most likely end up breaking something in the bottom end, and then have to start all over w/ a new motor. Check out for more info on this.


As pointed out, above.. PLUS.. 3.8L engines already had a problem with head gaskets....It is not practical for the sometime mechanic to add forced induction to those engines.

In fact the BEST way to do it is to find a wrecked SuperCoupe and swap EVERYTHING.

Or sell your LX and buy a SC

Car Starting Problems
Ford Thunderbird
Dodge Dakota
Jeep Cherokee Sport

Why does a 93 Thunderbird XL turn over but not start after being stuck in snow bank for two days?

check the exhaust pipe to make sure it's not clogged.It will build pressure if it is and won't start

You may have gotten moisture in the distribature cap , Pull it off and dry it out

Fuel Pumps
Ford Thunderbird
Electrical Engineering

Why buchholz relay installation is slidely incliend?

If you look carefully at a Buchholz Relay, it is not

'slightly inclined'. In fact, it is perpendicular. However, it is located in an inclined pipe between the transformer and the oil expansion tank above the transformer. The reason why the pipe is inclined is to allow any gas generated by a fault in the transformer to move upwards towards the expansion tank. This gas will then collect inside the relay, causing the warning float to move downward and trigger an alarm inside the substation.

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Car Computers and Sensors
Ford Thunderbird
Windows XP

Why do so many thunderbirds have trouble starting though everything checks out ok?

Eveb tho it may look like every bird you see is broke, chances are that it NOT the same problem. Go to link and look at your particular model. Maybe you will find some help. Autozone also has free code diagnostics for most cars.

Fuel Filters
Fuel Pumps
Ford Thunderbird

Where is the fuel filter located on a 1996 Ford Thunderbird?

The previous stated location is correct. You can relieve the fuel pressure at the shrader valve which is located on your fuel railing above your fuel injectors. It looks exactly like the air valves on your tires with the same cap. Also you will need to purchase or rent a quick disconnect to remove the fuel lines from the filter. A set of hard plastic ones run about $12 and the metal ones go from $20-$30. If someone tells you to use a small screwdriver, don't do it, you can damage the tangs inside the line and all heck will break loose. .P.S. I don't know why this is in bold

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The filter is located under the car on the passenger side about half way between the A and B pillars. Look under the passenger door abouit half way. The filter is protected by a bolt on cover.

the fuel filter is along side the frame just under the passenger door.

You need to loosen two bolts, and rotate the filter towards you. Then you will be able to loosen the fuel lines. Make sure your fuel pressure is disengaged! or fuel will spray all over you...the steps to that I forget but has to do with a computer of sorts in the trunks left side under the carpet, gotta unplug a cable and start the car, basically runs the gas out.

Serpentine Belts
Ford Thunderbird
Chevy Avalanche

How do you replace the serpentine belt on a 1992 Ford Thunderbird?

to serpentine placementI'm not sure when you posted this question, but I'll answer anyway. They didn't change much from the 1991 models to the 1992 models. The serpentine belt is located just behind the fan.

1- You will need to disengage the negative battery cable prior to proceeding. This way the fan will not injure you if it should start unexpectantly.

2- Locate the tension wheel. This will be on the left side of the engine incorporated in the serpentine loop. There is a nut on this wheel. Use an appropriate size closed [or box end] wrench or a medium to large socket handle with the appropriate size socket and place on the nut.

3- Pull up on the wrench to relieve the pressure on the belt. There is not much room here so be careful and patient with yourself.

4- Pay attention to the path the belt takes around all the wheels. Note that some wheels are ribbed and some are smooth. The belt will ride with the rib side down on the ribbed ones. There should be a diagram on the frame near the front of the engine compartment.

5- I found that it is easier to remove the exhaust hose from above the serpentine for easier access.

6- With the tension released you can remove the belt.

7- Be careful when letting go of the wrench to get the new belt. The tension wheel has a strong spring inside it that can injure you.

8- Begin to loop the belt in the correct path leaving the smallest very top wheel for last. This wheel will be a smooth wheel that he belt will need to pass under. I found that this is the easiest wheel to reach while placing the belt back on.

9- Again pull up on the tension wheel as far as you can with one hand while you move the belt under the last wheel.

10- Prior to releasing the tension wheel, make sure that the belt is still in all the groves and around all other smooth wheel where appropriate.


Auto Parts and Repairs
Head Gaskets and Valve Covers
Ford Thunderbird
Pontiac Sunbird
1982-1994 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you replace the head gasket located on a 1994 Ford Thunderbird?

Hey Aaron==It is a pretty big job but if you feel up to tackeling it get you a shop manual on your car. It will have pictures and everything. Good luck Joe

Replacing the head gasket on any vehicle is a long and complicated process, however if you wish to see basic step-by-step instructions go to the related question on the right side of the page "How do you replace a head gasket?"

Power Steering
Ford Thunderbird

How do you align the power steering gearbox on a 1963 Ford Thunderbird?

i am assuming yours is put together and ready to install?

you will have to turn it end to end and count the turns, after doing this split that number in half and you will now have your center position now for the fun part there should be a wide spot on the spline of the gearbox make sure it is lined up properly and the steering wheel is not upside down. i had a 64 and did that

Auto Parts and Repairs
Fuel Filters
Fuel Pumps
Ford Thunderbird

Where is the fuel relay sensor for 1994 Ford Thunderbird LX located?

if you mean the fuel cut off switch, its in the trunk.

Ford Thunderbird
Chevy Silverado
Heater Cores and Blower Fans
Ford Bronco XLT

How do you replace the heater core in a 1992 Thunderbird and how easy is it?

Just replaced the heater core in my 95 t-bird..used Haynes manual and what it didn't say was that you have to take the entire dash off. no problem after that.A shop manual from DISCOUNTAUTOREPAIRMANUALS.COM probably will be more specific than yours. It is a big job though
EGR Systems
Crankcases and PCV Valves
Ford Thunderbird
Toyota SR5

Where is PCV Valve on a 1987 Ford Thunderbird 5.0L?

The PCV valve on all fuel injected 5.0 Ford cars is in the center rear of the intake manifold. It is behind the intake plenum (upper intake manifold. When replacing it, be sure to replace the rubber grommet which will be hard and shrunken as well as the filter or screen under the grommet in the manifold. It will probably be stuck in there so you may need good pliers or a long screw to grab it and pull it out.

Ford Thunderbird
Chevy Silverado
Ford F-150
Ford F-350

How do you remove the steering wheel on an 1988 Ford Thunderbird?

look at this website:

On any Ford that DOES NOT have an airbag, you can remove the steering wheel by loosening the nut and running it out flush with the end of the shaft, then brace under the wheel with your thighs, while pulling on the top of wheel, then with other hand rap the end of the shaft with regular hammer... note "rap" not pound.

On those secured with bolt, loosen only a couple of turns and do the same. If the wheel does not free up, go to parts store and rent a steering wheel puller.

Center covers usually either snap on or have a few screws holding them on from the back of the wheel.

Car Fuses and Wiring
Power Steering
Ford Thunderbird

Where is a wiring diagram for a 1987 Ford Thunderbird?

There are too many wiring diagrams in you car specify which one is it that you want or clcik on the link below..

Ford Thunderbird
Dodge Ram
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

How can you get the part number for a 1990 Ford Thunderbird's turn signal relay or flasher?

The part number is E80B-13350-AA. It is a very difficult sucker to find I had a tough time finding it. It is underneath the dash above the gas pedal, it is black. Here is a link that can give you a photo of what to look for. .,FORD,1990

Ford Thunderbird
Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the flasher on a 1967 Ford Thunderbird?

On most older cars the flasher is found on or near the fuse panel under the dash. , EzForJesus

This is true,but on the 1967 thunderbird it can be located in the trunk,drivers side were the flasher relay is..hope this also helps American shurl

If your having a problem with the flashers, take out the sequencer, and take off the yellow cover on the sequencer (it should look like a big wire harness hanging in the drivers side of the trunk) and either replace it with a new digital one that runs around 140$ in macs big bird auto book. Your problem is probably that the clutch for the motor that makes the connection has popped off. if you fool with the little motor you should be able to put it back in. That should solve your problem... i have a 67 tbird also, and ive had to fix it a few times, but im thinking about getting a digital sequencer...the old stuff is a pain.

Car Starting Problems
Ford Thunderbird
VW Passat
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What is wrong with a 1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 5.0 that will not start until you give it gas?

Fuel pressure regulator or bad injector is allowing the fuel delivery system to loose pressure and drain back to the tank. There's No gas at the injectors for for normal start up.

Spark Plugs and Wires
Ford Thunderbird

Where are the spark plugs located on a 1995 Ford Thunderbird XL?

Follow the spark plug wires from the distrubitor to the plugs located under the valve covers. I'm sorry but, if you have to ask that question, you SORELY need to buy either a Haynes or Chilton book on the car. It includes info on how to and what NOT to do. It's important... you could get in serious -and expensive- trouble


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