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#127 of 166 Re: 1994 thunderbird starter relay [daver35]
Aug 21, 2009 (6:04 pm)
If the starter runs, it's not the solenoid. The starter is not engaging the flywheel. If you can see it, watch what it does when a helper tries to start it. Make sure the gear on the starter moves out to engage the flywheel. If you can't see it, you may need to pull the starter again and hook it up on the floor to a battery to watch it.
Be careful, these things can have a lot of torque.
#128 of 166 PI head swap on 95 T-bird
Aug 28, 2009 (2:18 pm)
I have a 95 T-bird with non-PI heads. I am doing a head swap to PI heads. I was reading that the 95 T-birds with non-PI heads have 205 HP and the 96 - 97 T-birds wtih PI heads have 195 HP. I don't get why the newer T-birds dropped in HP when PI heads flow way more better. Is it because in 96 - 97, they dropped the compression and the 95 T-birds have a higher compression? Can anybody answer my question or have any thoughts on this.
#129 of 166 Re: PI head swap on 95 T-bird [never2much_hp]
Sep 04, 2009 (3:07 pm)
We've driven our 95 V8 since 1998 100,000 miles and need to use Mid grade gas to prevent pinging. Same for our 94 Town Car.
#130 of 166 Engine Cooling Problem
Sep 17, 2009 (7:18 pm)
2005 Ford Thunderbird V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 43,245 miles
2005 Ford Thunderbird overheating after being parked all day drove about five miles in about seven minutes. Had same problem last year in the exact same place as tonight. Last year took car to Ford and they could not duplicate the problem. Only after I talked to the service manager they decided to replaced the thermostat even though it was not stuck. Tonight I pulled over let car cool down and drove home with heater on with car operating in normal range.
#131 of 166 Re: Engine Cooling Problem [johnross]
Sep 19, 2009 (5:08 pm)
I may be wrong BUT it sounds like you have something plugging up the water passages....it ran ok with heater on so that lets the water circulate, heater off water don't go round and round ! Think I'd be pulling some hoses and running water in one end of everything to see if its coming out the other ends of something ! Tuff to say where a plugged line maybe but thats what I would look for !
I once had a hung of rust break lose and plug the lower hose just enuff to get the temps higher.........
Have fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#132 of 166 Re: Engine Cooling Problem [johnross]
Sep 20, 2009 (7:36 am)
Has the air been bled out of the cooling system? I'm assuming the Ford dealer knew to do this, that can be an issue on these cars.
#133 of 166 2002 - convertible/ hardtop
Oct 21, 2009 (2:20 pm)
put hardtop on this fall and it won't snug up against the top windshield. If set screws are stripped, can these (only the screws) be replaced or is some whole assembly required?
Nov 05, 2009 (7:07 pm)
I just got a 96' Bird with 112k miles, engine was gone thru 10k ago according to last owner. Its in great shape and runs perfect. My question is has anyone gone to synthetic oil, trans, steering etc, in older 4.6 engines and what was the results ?
I have seen many good words on synthetics and am thinking complete change over and going to 5k between oil changes instead of the 3k now?
Comments please ?
#135 of 166 Re: synthetic oils [mrsixpack]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 06, 2009 (9:26 am)
Synthetics are great. But if you are going to try extended oil changes, the safest course of action is to get periodic oil analysis. That's the only REAL way to know how your oil is holding up, and when to change it, if you're going for the long haul between changes.
#136 of 166 Re: 2002 - convertible/ hardtop [tbirdgirl]
Nov 06, 2009 (11:17 am)
Hello,i would think you can just replace the screws i wouldnt saee why changing the hardware would be needed all you'll do is spend more money for the hardware again to have the same problem,depending on how it's set up you could possibly find someone to help you and you POSSIBLY could use seft tapping screws in replace of the set screws a slight bit bigger in width then the origional screws.Jim