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#157 of 166 96 tbird lx check engine light flashing
Nov 14, 2010 (3:44 pm)
i have a 1996 tbird lx sport and its been loosing power and last night the check engine started to flash. I have no clue what could be making it happen. any suggestions? need to get fixed asap. only means of transpertation
#158 of 166 Re: 96 tbird lx check engine light flashing [seiher]
Nov 14, 2010 (5:37 pm)
AS much as I hate to say this, thanks to all the computer stuff you will need to find someone with a reader and see what it says. could be bad plugs, wires, timing, sensors or a lose fuel cap.....I hate all the computer crap but love the car ! We can not just shade-tree fix these cars anymore
#159 of 166 97 thunderbird
Jan 17, 2011 (11:45 am)
we have a 97 tbird, last week there was smoke coming from the housing area right by the motor unit that I think, runs the radiator fan. Now, there is no smoke, but the fan no longer engages once the engine warms up. Is is possible to replace the motor, if indeed they burn out, or should we look into the fan and it's components being replaced.? Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
#162 of 166 2005 Thunderbird Gas
Jun 19, 2012 (1:01 pm)
Like to purchace a 2005 Thunderbird 3.9, manufacture recommends premiun fuel at todays prices would it be ok to use regular 89 octane with out doing damage to engine or ping.
#163 of 166 Re: 2005 Thunderbird Gas [bob399]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 19, 2012 (3:51 pm)
Our specs say "Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)". Not "recommended".
The general rule of thumb when premium is required is that using regular gas gives you less performance, worse gas mileage and can increase the wear and tear on the engine. The car's computer should compensate and prevent ping though.
Since gas got over $3 a gallon, the percentage difference between regular and premium has fallen in most places.
Back when regular was $1.75, paying $2 for regular made a big percentage difference. The percentage difference between $3.50 and $3.75 isn't so much.
Enjoy the new ride and don't sweat the gas price - the better mpg should just about make up for the extra cost (the extra cost could easily be less than $100 a year).
#164 of 166 Re: 2005 Thunderbird Gas [steve_]
Jun 21, 2012 (5:44 pm)
I asked a Ford tech about using regular gas in my Lincoln LS and he gave me pretty much the the same answer you did, Steve. The increase in mileage and performance make up for the small increase in cost.
#165 of 166 1991 Ford Thunderbird ignigition module
Oct 01, 2012 (8:28 am)
Where is 1991 Ford V-6, 3.8 ignigtion module located. Coil & sparkplugs replaced, new battery, new fuel pump. Acts like going to start, but won't. Was running great, but had to sit without starting for about 2-3 months.
#166 of 166 Re: 1991 Ford Thunderbird ignigition module [wani]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 01, 2012 (2:17 pm)
Thick Film Ignition (TFI) module is located on the left side (as you face the car) of the radiator shroud.
You might go to ROCK AUTO to see what one looks like