Ford Thunderbird thermostat

Reply

  #1  
Old 06-23-17, 07:29 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,338
Ford Thunderbird thermostat

I had to get the AC recharged on my 88 T-Bird (302) and when driving it home, it never got up to the normal range on the engine temp gauge. I'm thinking that the thermostat may have been changed once in its almost 30 years, but anyway I am thinking that a Ford thermostat may be the smart way to make sure it fits right. Is there anything else I should be looking at here before I take things apart?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 06-23-17, 06:20 PM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: usa
Posts: 509
No way recharging the AC affected your engine cooling system since they are entirely separate. Auto manufacturers specify a tístat temp rating to insure the engine operates as designed. While operating an engine with a tístat that is stuck open isnít harmful, it isnít operating efficiently including emissions. I suggest getting the tístat replaced.
 
  #3  
Old 06-23-17, 07:50 PM
iceman681's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: usa
Posts: 435
i bet it was stuck open for a long time. now that your fan is running full for the a/c its keeping your temp down. time for a t-stat.
 
  #4  
Old 06-23-17, 07:56 PM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 20,937
I think you'll find the Ford part might be quite expensive compared to a premium quality part from somewhere like Stant (available through Autozone and others). Add the price of a gasket and you are all in for probably $11. As said, you just need to make sure you get the right temperature.

A bad stat can set an engine code also if they had them that far back.
 
  #5  
Old 06-25-17, 09:00 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,338
Thermostat

I can get the Ford Brand for 20 bucks, not worried about it. I have been a lot happier across the board with OEM replacement parts, and having been a parts guy myself, I have learned how the aftermarket cuts corners. Of course in some cases the branded part comes from the same place, and you have to watch for that.
 
  #6  
Old 07-13-17, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: North Central Indiana
Posts: 905
I always use a file and make sure the surface of the housing is flat. Stops potential leaks.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'