I am having cooling problem what to check?

Asked by Sep 01, 2014 at 11:00 PM about the 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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?

4 Answers


I would think water pump,the only true way to check is remove cap,let it heat up,and if it doe,s not circulate good when thermostat open,s it would be the pump.


Start with the radiator. While your there swap out the water pump. Hell, do the thermostat. Your right there and you'll be good for the next 20 years.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.



Not sure I would just replace the water-pump/thermostat first. Although they are not real expensive, you don't say if you can do the work yourself. If you have to pay someone then it can get a little expensive. Is the radiator the same temp top to bottom on front side? If so, I would think there is no problem with it. If there is a temp change top to bottom, then you need to pull the radiator and have it rodded out. If it is ok, then go the water pump/thermostat route.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,020 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,987.


Ford Thunderbird Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
294 Great Deals out of 38,678 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Corvette
100 Great Deals out of 15,820 listings starting at $4,500
Used Chevrolet Camaro
257 Great Deals out of 30,437 listings starting at $4,200
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
60 Great Deals out of 3,237 listings starting at $3,995
Used Ford F-150
2,535 Great Deals out of 221,934 listings starting at $1,222
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
59 Great Deals out of 4,396 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
5 Great Deals out of 251 listings starting at $3,500
Used Porsche Boxster
30 Great Deals out of 1,185 listings starting at $4,000
Used Pontiac Firebird
5 Great Deals out of 656 listings starting at $4,999
Used Chevrolet Impala
370 Great Deals out of 27,543 listings starting at $1,499
Used Jaguar XK-Series
21 Great Deals out of 618 listings starting at $5,900

Used Cars For Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.