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white smoke coming from exhaust
White smoke on start up is typically due to steam clouds, that is condensation in the engine and exhaust vaporizing. Only if the white smoke doesn't go away as the engine warms up and/or if this white smoke in the...
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Check engine light does not come on
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle turns the check engine light on when the vehicle starts to show that it is running its tests. The tech is looking for this so that they know the system has not...
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My car keeps cutting off when I put it in reverse and sometimes when it idles.
Hi There, Based upon what you are describing and how the car responds to load, it sounds like you may have a faulty MAP sensor. The Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor senses engine load and generates a signal that is...
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Vehicle tries to turn over but will not start after overheating.
If you overheated the engine until you started to loose speed from the engine seizure locking up then you have already damaged the internal engine bearings and pistons possibly. I would recommend letting the engine cool completely and then check...
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Charging system
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a short in your wiring to the alternator or potentially may have a bad voltage regulator which may be causing the alternator not to properly charge the battery. When the voltage regulator...
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How much is it for a mechanic to come out a take a look at my car
Hi There, Depending on whether or not the vehicle will turn over will determine what the next step should be. If the engine does not turn over, I would recommend checking all connections related to the battery and check to...
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I have a problem with th ac not blowing out of front vints
Hi there. Typically this is due to the operation or vent selector switch being damaged. There are a few different individual components that comprise this system, the switch itself on the dash, a bracket that controls the vent director and...
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My check engine light is on after getting into a wreck last night in my 1995 Ford Thunderbird
If the check engine light is on then the computer needs to be scanned for codes. The codes will give clues as to what is causing this to occur. It may be related to the accident or it may be...
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What should it cost to replace ac compressor, accumulator
It takes roughly 12 hours to replace the compressor and expansion valve. As you may know, the expansion valve is attached to the evaporator under the dash and thus is not readily accessible, hence the hours. If you input your...
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Just put a new carburetor, battery, starter relay, alternator, car stalls out while driving and battery dies when restarted
The battery should be load tested. Simply charging the battery or measuring voltage is not adequate. Measure charging output, too. You want to confirm that the ignition system, including for instance the ignition coil and ignition switch, are not intermittently...
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97 4.6 t-bird, 287,000 miles runs great Ithought, 02 sensor causing rich condition etc
Disconnecting the battery will erase the codes but the codes will probably recur. If you literally have nine codes reported, I recommend you request a check engine light diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get the underlying fault(s) identified...
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Car Ignition doesn't work. To turn it on you have to switch a box under the steering wheel that came out. I don't know how to fix
Hi there. It is possible that somebody has installed an aftermarket or bypass ignition system on this vehicle, as the standard OEM ignition lock cylinder is not configured like what you have described. It would probably be best to have...
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Ran out of gas put gas in it but not getting to carburetor maybe it's the fuel filter
You should first try to replace the fuel filter and then with fuel line disconnected test to see if the fuel pump is pumping close to 5 psi of fuel pressure and is pumping fuel. When the vehicle ran out...
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Fuel pump relay location on a 96 Ford Thunderbird.
Hi there. The fuel pump relay is located on the fuse box, the second relay on the bottom near the locking tab. The location port is C1051 for the fuel pump relay. If you need further assistance with the fuel...
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No GPS signal
Hi there. I have not personally experienced any issues with Garmin products not working correctly specifically with Ford models or the Thunderbird. It is more likely that the GPS system itself might have an electrical glitch which causes the malfunction...
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Question on brakes
Hi there. A problem as you've described is definitely not normal. It is usually an indication of a loss of brake fluid, air bubbles in the brake lines or a brake booster / master cylinder failure. This is something I...
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Is it safe to drive without front lower sway bar links
Hello. Driving without sway bar end links can be dangerous because as you've noticed, the vehicle will not steer correctly. Sway bar end links are meant to stabilize a vehicle when turning and at high speeds. You can have your...
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Car won't foward
Hi There, It sounds like your forward clutches may be burnt causing them to slip when trying to engage drive. If the transmission fluid is low, this may also cause this type of problem. I would suggest having a professional...
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Turn signals dont work and neither do the turn indicators on the dash
The most common cause of no turn signals is the multifunction switch not making connection and even melting the connector. Replace the multifunction switch and check the connector and replace it if it is melted.
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Dash circuit board not working correctly.
This may be related to a short, a faulty gauge cluster or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly,...

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