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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace with aftermarket blower motor (2 reports)
1996 Ford Thunderbird AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1996 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 052016

Thunderbird LX 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


Florida car, this will be the second blower of replaced since owning it. Looks like there lasting about 35,000 miles. First one, that ford put in the car lasted till 80,000 miles. Very easy to replace and very cheap only 30 bucks if you do it yourself.

- , Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012006

Thunderbird 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Its always a burn spot where the blower motor connects to the pigtail. Its not a wiring issue as much as it is that when the fan gets a lot of usage its regulator isnt effective anymore and it trys to draw a larger than normal load through the wire and makes the connectors a piece. The factory blower motor has connectors on it and no actual wire hanging off the fan so repairing what you already have is not an option. You have to buy a new blower motor from a parts store (it will have wires hanging off of it) then you will cut the connector off inside the car that went to the fan. black wire to black wire (ground) and orange to red (hot).

- , Gainesville, TX, USA

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