20 Most Recent 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX Questions & Answers


Put the car on ramps and set e brake.

Use engine hoist to lift engine weight off of car.

Remove mount to engine bolts, remove mount nut.

Lift engine just enough to remove mounts and install new.

Watch exhaust, fuel lines and transmission mount while lifting. They may have to be loosened or moved.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Mar 09, 2018


Check fuel filter if you hear the fuel pump activate then relay is ok.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Mar 02, 2018


On some vehicles the switch is called the blower motor resistor. There is some confusion about whether you are missing fan speed or the A/C chilling the air.

For the chilling part, this is controlled by 2 pressure sensors in the system called a low pressure switch and a high pressure switch. The rpm of the engine can affect when stuff begins to work and when it cuts out. There is a correct amount of Freon needed for every system. The engine rpm contributes to the available amount of pressure in the Freon system. This is why some things are different from start-up to when the car is moving.

You need to do a pressure check for the Freon in the system. This can help indicate if a pressure switch is cutting off cooling power. For the fan speed, it is the blower motor resistor, a troublesome switch that has lagged behind technical improvements.

So you have 2 answers-1 for fan speed and the other about cooling functions. You can fix either separately as half the system can be good and the bad half is stopping all of it from cooling the car. Hope this helps

1996 Ford... | Answered on Feb 24, 2018


A Chilton/Haynes manual for your vehicle has the codes. Will also give other ideas on cause for non-passage of emissions. It could be as simple as a good tune-up (new plugs, wires, etc), or as spendy as new catalytic converter.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jan 15, 2018


just disconnect your battery before you start.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jan 03, 2018


If you only put in a pump and not the whole assembly then your fuel level sensor is bad.needs a new sensor

1996 Ford... | Answered on Aug 25, 2017


Do you have a coolant reservoir? Does the coolant level rise as the engine warms up and lowers as the engine cools off? If so, the engine cooling system is sealed. If the system isn't sealed, when it is cooling, it can't draw coolant from the reservoir. Does the radiator have a radiator cap, with cold engine, remove the cap, can you see coolant level in radiator?
How hot does engine get in degrees F? There is your thermostat and radiator cap. Water boils at 212 degrees f atmospheric pressure. With a 16 lb radiator cap, it should raise the boiling point about 32 degrees. The boiling point should be around 250 degrees F. w/o any pressure, I would suspect it would boil over in a hurry.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jul 18, 2017


Check rear emergency brakes if you have 4 wheel discs. When soot and brake lining fall to bottom of assembly they jam and shudder until wheels start rolling fast enough to scatter debris.

Also if posi equipped there is a needed rear-end additive to help clutch plates work. Perhaps clean rear-end lube and additive is needed.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jul 08, 2017


good luck with this one.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jun 28, 2017


check your throttle body make sure all the springs are connected. your throttle body may be nasty inside and may need cleaning, it may be getting stuck. Throttle cable could be sticking or disconnected (there are two one pulls and one returns to idle IIRC)

also you should really search www.tccoa.com and become a member there if you are not already.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Jun 22, 2017


Have it checked for DTC'S diagnostic trouble codes in the transmission control module ! Sounds like a bad shift solenoid .

1996 Ford... | Answered on May 04, 2017


I'm afraid you have the deluxe system,my friend. It has 2 electronic circuit boards that may be going bad. Very expensive unless you can find used or aftermarket.
I hope it's just the blower motor, but I had the other thing happen and I had to wire around it,losing my AUTO temp and blower control. don-ohio

1996 Ford... | Answered on Mar 27, 2017


Dirty throttle plate maybe ! sticking ,gummed up video's on youtube . search cleaning throttle plate . Also search high ideal problem . A video showing how to test an clean is better then some one wrighting about it .

1996 Ford... | Answered on Mar 11, 2017


CENTER CONSOLE- Disconnect the battery cables to disable air bag. Wait two minutes before working around steering column, instrument panel or impact sensors. 1. Open console lid and remove the two screws you see toward the front. 2. remove the shift lever knob 3. Rotate the rear of the panel forward, disconnect the electrical connectors, then detach the clips at the front edge by pulling upward. Now panel is free to remove it.

1996 Ford... | Answered on Nov 04, 2016


Do this test first. With the drivers door opened in a nice quite area turn the ignition key to the ON position without starting the engine. You should hear the fuel pump operating for 5 seconds which is priming fuel to the engine. If not heard the engines oil pressure sensor is at fault. The third wire from this sensor links to the fuel pump to prime. When the engine reaches normal operation oil pressure range the computer shuts off that circuit and turns on the fuel pump relay for the pump to run. That relay stays on until you shut the engine off

1996 Ford... | Answered on May 30, 2016


Most of the cars have an internal timer in the computer that control flashers.

1996 Ford... | Answered on May 18, 2016

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