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#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
#137 of 166 Re: synthetic oils [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 06, 2009 (11:22 am)
If i was you i would definetly go with a syntheyic oil,espically in an older vehicle,i just picked up a 66 mercury ans i honestly believe thats what i'll be using in it and will being doing it prior to trying to start it for the first time in 20 yrs.even though it only has 93K origional miles i honestly believe it will give the old girl longer life.Jim
#138 of 166 Re: synthetic oils [jaxe]
Nov 06, 2009 (8:55 pm)
It looks like there is the old dino oil, full syntheyic and even blended (1/2 & 1/2 I guess) oils....................This is my first GAS car in 22 years, all the others were diesel, back when I was driving GAS engines there was no such thing as syntheyics ! Wow I sound old ! LOL.....Thanks guys and I will keep looking at the info, I have about 500 miles to do till its 3000 mile change !
#139 of 166 My Baby is sick
Nov 23, 2009 (1:27 am)
My 95 T-bird ran great till this. She started to give a lag when taking off and on the freeway she would chug ever so often. I checked my obd2 with the code reader and it came up with a p0102, so I proceeded to test the circut. When I tested the input power to the MAF and the fuse popped. I replaced the fuse with a paper clip so that I can move on with my testing. There is power going to the MAF, so I pluged th MAF back in and tested to see if the MAF is working, well it isn't. I remember when I hooked up my ram/cold air intake (Home made) and I forgot to plug in my MAF, well my car ran fine then. So, right now I have the MAF disconnected and she still runs like crap but worse. It won't keep an idle in gear she dies and in N or P if I barely give her gas and she goes way down on the idle. So I thought that it might be a PCV problem and no. But I did noticed that when I took the top hose off of the PCV valve the car doesn't die in gear but it still lags a little when taking off. This is my everyday driver and she has 154,000 miles. what should I do with little money?????