Trouble shoot a cooling problem


Asked by Aug 28, 2014 at 04:44 PM about the 1996 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have flushed radiator, refilled it and let car warm up and all pulleys turn,
electric fan kicks on but still gets hotter on temp gauge. I can feel the upper
rad hose get hot but appears to have no water flow. Is this   a bad water

2 Answers


Check thermostat first,then check the water pump.


Thermostat stuck, replace. If that is not it have you opened oil filler cap to see if it is whitish? bad head gasket. Open radiator filler (COLD ENGINE) and see if you detect water flow. Feel radiator from top to bottom. Is temp the same... is there any flow.. water pump is most likely then

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Driverside power window won't roll up 96 T-Bird LX 4 answers

    Two weeks after replacing door speaker wire, the driver side window stopped working: stuck in down position. No sound emitting from door. How to trouble shoot and/ or determine faulty part? Thank you...

    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • trouble starting 7 answers

    i have a 1977 thunderbird and ive been having issues getting it to start. it turns over fine, and im getting fuel to the carburetor. but it seems to have a mind of its own on when it will start. som...

    1977 Ford Thunderbird


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Fuel shooting out the top of two vertical ports on the carburator. 8 answers

    When i try to start the 1969 Ford Thunderbird, with the 429 engine, as the engine turns, fuel looks like a fountain pulsating out the top of the carburator. Should it be doing this? I've never seen ...

    1969 Ford Thunderbird


    Maintenance & Repair

  • I am having cooling problem what to check? 4 answers

    Thermostat works, flow from inlet to bottom outlet but not out petcock. Gets too hot in a few miles only. Bad radiator or water pump? Is there a way to check these without removing them?

    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • trouble shoot side mirrows that don't work on 2003 ford explorer sport trac... 1 answer

    don't know where to start, trouble shooting problem with side mirrows.....

    2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Ford Thunderbird Questions

Ford Thunderbird Experts

#1 oldtimer37
Reputation 1,420
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,380
#3 tennisshoes
Reputation 1,080
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang"
752 Great Deals out of 41,500 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Corvette"
445 Great Deals out of 20,334 listings starting at $3,688
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
840 Great Deals out of 39,078 listings starting at $2,650
Used Ford F-150"
3,287 Great Deals out of 217,270 listings starting at $1,000
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class"
122 Great Deals out of 3,669 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jaguar XK-Series"
54 Great Deals out of 855 listings starting at $4,500
Used Pontiac Firebird"
12 Great Deals out of 887 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Impala"
987 Great Deals out of 35,893 listings starting at $700
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata"
128 Great Deals out of 4,916 listings starting at $1,995
Used Jeep Wrangler"
452 Great Deals out of 16,379 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 92 listings starting at $7,500
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 158 listings starting at $7,998
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 146 listings starting at $7,900
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 342 listings starting at $6,777