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1996 Ford Thunderbird CAR/TRUCK REPAIR PROCEDURES AND DIAGRAMS - WHAT Ford REPAIR SHOPS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

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    A/C & HEATER SERVICE PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Compressor Service -> Precautions -> Battery Ground Cable -> Product Compatibility
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    Product Compatibility

    Before replenishing refrigerant oil, ensure product compatibility with the system being serviced....

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    BRAKE SERVICE PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Disc Brakes -> Rear Disc Brakes & Parking Brakes -> Caliper Service -> Assemble -> Caliper Overhaul -> Caliper, Replace -> Capri -> Cleaning & Inspection -> Continental, Cougar, Mark VIII, Mustang, Sable, Taurus & Thunderbird -> Contour & Mystique -> Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis & Town Car -> Disassemble -> Escort, Probe & Tracer -> Inspection -> Installation -> Removal
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    Caliper, Replace
    Capri
    • Raise and support vehicle, then remove wheel and tire assembly.
    • Remove brake pads as described under "Brake Pad Service."
    • Remove clip brake flex hose to strut assembly clip.
    • Remove brake flex hose to caliper assembly banjo bolt.
    • Remove two copper washers sealing flex hose banjo fitting, then discard washers.
    • Remove lower caliper retaining bolt.
    • Using cold chisel, remove upper caliper guide pin dust cap. This will allow access to Allen head on guide pin.
    • Using Allen wrench, loosen and remove upper caliper guide pin.
    • Lift caliper off rotor.
    • Remove guide pin and bushing d...

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    FUEL FILTER REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Ford Motor Co. Passenger Cars -> Fuel Filter Replacement -> Except 2002-05 Thunderbird, 2000-06 LS, 1984-87 Escort, Tracer, Tempo & Topaz 2.0L Diesel Engine & 1984-85 Continental & Mark VI 2.4L Diesel Engine
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

    Do not smoke or allow an open flame of any type when working on or near any fuel system related components. The highly flammable vapor mixtures may ignite, resulting in serious personal injury.

    Prior to disconnecting fuel lines, the fuel system pressure must be relieved to prevent accidental spray of fuel.

    When installing the fuel filter, ensure the flow arrow is facing in the pro...

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    DRIVELINE, U-JOINT & CV AXLES REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    DRIVESHAFT U-JOINT, Replace -> Assemble -> Disassemble
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    Disassemble

    Do not clamp driveshaft in jaws of a vice or a similar holding fixture.

    • Place driveshaft on a suitable workbench.
    • Mark positions of driveshaft components relative to driveshaft tube. This ensures all components are reassembled in same relationship to maintain correct balance.
    • Index driveshaft and driveshaft components.
    • Clamp U-Joint Tool in a vise.
    • Remove snap rings.
    • If bearing cup cannot be pressed all way out, remove it with vise grips.
    • Remove driveshaft slip-yoke.
    • Position driveshaft in U-Joint Tool.
    • Press out a bearing cup.
    • Rotate driveshaft 180 degrees.
    • Press on...

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    STARTER & ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Starter, Replace
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    • Disconnect battery ground cable.
    • Raise and support vehicle.
    • Disconnect engine control sensor wiring and starter battery cable from starter solenoid. When disconnecting hardshell connector of engine control sensor wiring at S-terminal, grasp plastic shell and pull straight off. Do not pull on...

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    MAINTENANCE LAMP RESET PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Ford Motor Co. Cars -> Check Engine Lamp/Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL)/Service Engine Soon Lamp -> 1995-97 Models -> EEC-IV -> EEC-V -> Keep Alive Memory (KAM) Reset & PCM Reset Less Electronic Tester -> PCM Reset Using Generic Scan Tool -> PCM Reset Using Star Tester
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    This lamp should light when the ignition is turned On. After engine starts, the lamp should go off, unless a fault condition is detected by the EEC-IV system. A diagnostic trouble code is stored in the PCM. Following diagnosis and repair, the Check Engine/MIL lamp will automatically reset when stored diagnostic trouble codes are cleared from PCM memory. The PCM reset procedure allows the scan tool to command the PCM to clear all diagnostic trouble codes.

    EEC-IV

    PCM Reset Using Star Tester
    • Turn ignition Off.
    • Perform required vehicle preparation and visual inspection.
    • Connect Star teste...

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    RADIATOR & HOSE REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Radiator, Replace
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

    • Drain cooling system.
    • Disconnect upper, lower and overflow hose from radiator.
    • Disconnect automatic transmission fluid cooler inlet and outlet lines from radiator.
    • Remove two upper fan shroud to radiator support attachi...

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    SERPENTINE BELT SERVICE PROCEDURES FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Serpentine Drive Belt, Replace
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

    • Rotate tensioner away from belt using a breaker bar installed in 1/2 inch square hole in tensioner arm.
    • Lift old belt over alternator pulley...

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    COMPONENT LOCATION DIAGRAMS FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    Component location diagrams for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. from 1990+.

    Power Seats Diagram for 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GASPower Seats Diagram for 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

    Components on diagram:
  • Trunk Lid Release Switch
  • Transmission Control Switch
  • Cigar Lighter
  • Ashtray Lamp
  • Passenger Seat Control Switch
  • Fuel Pump Relay Diagram for 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GASFuel Pump Relay Diagram for 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS

    Components on diagram:
  • Fuel Pump Relay
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    WIRING DIAGRAMS FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    OEM drawn wiring diagrams for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S.

    1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS Wiring Diagram1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS Wiring Diagram

    Components on diagram:
  • Shift Lock Actuator
  • Brake On/Off (BOO) Switch
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS Wiring Diagram1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8 V6 GAS Wiring Diagram

    Components on diagram:
  • Main Light Switch
  • LH/RH Front Park Lamp
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    TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    OEM TSB listings for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. from 1985+.

    Document: RECALL - CERTAIN 1992-2003 MODEL YEAR CARS AND TRUCKS - FUSED JUMPER HARNESS REPLACEMENT FOR VEHICLES SERVICED WITH AN INCOMPATIBLE FUSED JUMPER HARNESS
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

    Auto Systems:
  • Chassis Electrical, Wiring, Fuses & Breakers, Wipers, Motors
  • Document: RECALL - 1992-2004 MULTIPLE VEHICLE LINES - SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM MODIFICATION
    Vehicle: 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6 V8 GAS

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    COMPONENT/PARTS SPECIFICATIONS FOR 1996 Ford Thunderbird AUTOMOBILES

    BRAKE SPECIFICATIONS: Brake drum, rotor, caliper, and related specifications for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1970+.

    • Brake caliper mounting bolt torque
    • Brake drum runout, machining, & discard specs
    • Minimum brake lining thickness.
    • Brake rotor runout, parallelism, machining, discard, & finish specs

    A/C SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS: Air conditioning refrigerant capacity and type as well as lubricant capacity for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1980+.

    • Refrigerant capacity & type, compressor oil viscosity, total system oil capacity & compressor clutch gap

    COOLING SYSTEM BLEED: Cooling system bleeder valve identification, bleeder type and bleed procedures for most domestic and imported cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1986+.

    PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE: Preventive maintenance recommendations and required services for most domestic and imported cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1980+. Includes severe and routine service schedules

    QUICK-LUBE and ILLUSTRATIONS: Fluid recommendations, capacities, drain plug torques, tire data, and severe service recommended preventive maintenance schedules. Information covers most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1980+. Engine and chassis service images.

    • Automatic transmission/transaxles capacities, lubricant recommendations
    • Differential/final drive capacities, lube recommendations, grades, & viscosities
    • Final drive fill & drain plug torques
    • Number of lubrication fittings & plugs
    • Power steering, brake, & clutch fluid recommendations
    • Manual transmission/transaxle capacities, lube recommendations, grades, & viscosities
    • Number of lubrication fittings & plugs
    • Power steering, brake, & clutch fluid recommendations
    • Engine oil capacities, API grade recommendations, SAE viscosity recommendations, drain plug torque
    • Severe service maintenance & interval recommendations
    • Tire sizes, wheel nut/bolt torque, pressures & rim sizes
    • Transfer case capacities, lube recommendations, grades, & viscosities

    TUNE-UP & DRIVEABILITY SPECIFICATIONS: Most tune-up specifications for most 1996 Ford Thunderbird cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada from 1980+

    • Airflow sensor electrical specifications
    • Tensioning specifications for systems with automatic tensioners
    • Barometric pressure sensor specs
    • Battery group number and cranking performance
    • Crankshaft & camshaft position sensor resistance
    • Engine compression pressures
    • Coolant temperature sensor specs
    • Computer advance.
    • Diesel fuel temperature sensor resistance.
    • Distributor advance specifications
    • Ignition pickup coil resistance
    • Exhaust gas recirculation temperature sensor resistance
    • Engine fastener torque values
    • Firing order diagrams
    • Fuel system pressures
    • Generator (alternator) specs
    • Intake air temperature sensor specs
    • Ignition coil specifications
    • Fuel injector resistance
    • Engine idle speeds
    • Knock sensor resistance
    • Manifold absolute pressure sensor specs
    • Mixture control solenoid resistance
    • Voltage regulator specs
    • Spark plug applications & gaps
    • Starter motor electrical specs.
    • Tensioning specifications for systems without automatic tensioners
    • Throttle body temperature sensor resistance
    • Ignition timing in degrees at rpm
    • Transmission oil temperature sensor resistance
    • Throttle position sensor specs
    • Vacuum sensor valve specs

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