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Ford Thunderbird (1989 - 1997)


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Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Ford Thunderbird, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Ford Thunderbird. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Ford Thunderbird can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar Haynes Repair Manual for 1989 thru 1997

PLEASE NOTE that this manual is intended for vehicles built to US specifications and do not cover diesel models unless specifically stated. Although it is useful when the products or systems are similar to those in other markets, there may still be significant differences, especially in areas concerned with safety and emission control.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Tune-up and routine maintenance
Chapter 2: Part A: V6 and 5.0L V8 engines
Chapter 2: Part B: 4.6L V8 engines
Chapter 2: Part C: General engine overhaul procedures
Chapter 3: Cooling, heating and air conditioning
Chapter 4: Fuel and exhaust systems
Chapter 5: Engine electrical systems
Chapter 6: Emissions control systems
Chapter 7: Manual and automatic transmissions
Chapter 8: Clutch and drivetrain
Chapter 9: Brakes
Chapter 10: Suspension and steering systems
Chapter 11: Body
Chapter 12: Chassis electrical system
Wiring Diagrams

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The 10th-generation Ford Thunderbird was launched in 1989, at the same time as its sister car, the Mercury Cougar. At launch it was available with a 3.8-liter V6 engine. Basic versions of the car had a naturally aspirated version of the engine, while high-performance models had a supercharged version. The lesser models had a four-speed automatic gearbox, while the supercharged cars had a five-speed manual transmission. In 1991, the Thunderbird was offered with a 5.0-liter V8 motor. In 1994 the V8 was replaced by a newer 4.6-liter V8, which arrived alongside numerous styling changes. The 10th-generation Ford Thunderbird was discontinued in 1997. Haynes has an extensive range of Ford repair manuals and online maintenance procedures to suit professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts. Our Ford Thunderbird repair manual will be able to provide all the help you need, whether you're servicing or repairing your car.