Ford Thunderbird thermostat


Old 06-23-17, 08:29 AM
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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?
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Old 06-23-17, 07:20 PM
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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.
Old 06-23-17, 08:50 PM
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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.
Old 06-23-17, 08:56 PM
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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.
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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.
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I always use a file and make sure the surface of the housing is flat. Stops potential leaks.

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