Ford Thunderbird 1983



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Ford Thunderbird 1983 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - FUEL PUMP
07E064000FEDERAL-MOGUL CORPORATION E (Equipment)3400010/15/2007MFRFORD MOTOR COMPANY08/27/200708/24/2007
Defect SummaryCertain federal-mogul aftermarket fuel pumps sold under the brand names of carter, accuflow, napa, truflow, parts depo, and parts master, shipped between august 2006 and july 2007 for use on the vehicles listed above. the fuel pump diaphragm in certain production runs may have been improperly installed or inadequately tested which may cause the fuel pump to leak.
Consequence SummaryA leaking fuel pump could create a vehicle fire hazard.
Corrective SummaryFederal-mogul will notify owners and replace the defective fuel pumps free of charge. the recall began on october 15, 2007. owners can contact federal-mogul at 248-354-7700.
NotesThis recall only pertains to aftermarket carter, napa, accuflow, tru flow, parts master, and parts depot brand fuel pumps and has no relation to any original equipment installed on the listed motor vehicles.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
83V039000FORD MOTOR COMPANYfrom 02/01/1983 to 03/01/1983V (Vehicle)25003/25/1983MFRFORD MOTOR COMPANY04/11/198305/09/1983
Defect SummaryFuel leaks could develop in either of two connections in a fuel supply line. one connection under the vehicle may have been damaged or improperly installed. the other suspect part is in the engine compartment and contains a pressure relief valve.
Consequence Summary
Corrective SummaryThe dealer will install a revised design fuel line valve assembly with new hose clamps and replace the fuel supply hose clamp, if it is damaged or incorrect. notification was made to dealers prior to any recorded vehicle sales, and vehicles should have been corrected before final delivery.
NotesVehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with 2.3 liter turbo engines.system: fuel; fuel inlet line.consequences of defect: if either of these connections separate or leak, fuelspillage could result, and in the presence of an ignition source, could resultin fire.note: owners are cautioned not to operate their vehicles until correctiveaction has been completed.
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY
83V012000FORD MOTOR COMPANYfrom 01/01/1983 to 01/01/1983V (Vehicle)267301/28/1983MFRFORD MOTOR COMPANY02/08/198302/17/1983
Defect SummarySome of these vehicles may have been built with fuel tanks that have inadequately welded front seams that can leak.
Consequence Summary
Corrective SummaryThe dealer will determine if the vehicle was corrected at the factory; if not, the fuel tank will be replaced at no charge to the owner.
NotesVehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with 3.8 liter engines.system: fuel systems; fuel tank.consequences of defect: leaking fuel, in combination with a source of ignition,could result in a fire and personal injury.note: the owner should not operate his vehicle until the necessary correctionis made.
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
83V028000FORD MOTOR COMPANYfrom 12/01/1982 to 02/01/1983V (Vehicle)9816202/26/1983MFRFORD MOTOR COMPANY03/07/198303/11/1983
Defect SummaryThe parking gear may not engage, even though the gear shift lever is placed in the park position. this occurs if the linkage inside the transmission that actuates the park gear was improperly manufactured. a pin that retains components on a linkage (actuating) rod could break and the linkage may not engage the parking gear.
Consequence Summary
Corrective SummaryDealer will inspect and, if necessary, replace the parking pawl actuating rod assembly.
NotesVehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with automatic overdrivetransmissions.system: power train; transmission, parking pawl actuating assembly.consequences of defect: if the parking brake is not applied and the parkinggear does not engage, unexpected vehicle movement could cause an accident andpersonal injury.note: drivers should always apply the parking brake whenever leaving thevehicle.
Ford Thunderbird 1983 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
988804/27/1998601238Information on a new transmission fluid usage chart. *yc1998-07-10
9751103/03/199751945Fluid- transmission fluid usage charts. *jd1997-07-17
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - COOLING UNIT AND LINES
00231011/13/2000616522Subject regarding contamination from prior transmission concerns or excess wear may be trapped in the transmission fluid cooling system. *tt2001-03-05
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC
956203/01/199539900Roughness concern during brake application. *tw1995-11-01
BC889995040104/01/19953010700Unknown1995-11-01
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
0115708/06/2001623988Information regarding transmission fluid usage charts. *slc2001-10-31
Ford Thunderbird 1983 investigations
NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
PARKING BRAKE
PE89039FORD MOTOR COMPANY02/09/198906/13/1989PARKING BRAKE FAILURE
 There is no summary currently available
SEATS
EA86010FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/26/198607/28/1989SEATBACK FAILURE86V082000
 There is no summary currently available
Ford Thunderbird 1983 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
03/01/2003240001
 The vehicle caught fire under the dash board. the dealer indicated it was an electrical fire. *nlm the vehicle turned over but wouldn't start. the dealer was unable to duplicate. metal shavings were found in the fuel pump relay switch. when the vehicle was picked up and driven home, it seemed fine, but when the consumer had gotten out of the vehicle, he noticed smoke on the inside and fire coming from the dash. scc
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER - DELIVERY - FUEL PUMP
03/01/2003240001
 The vehicle caught fire under the dash board. the dealer indicated it was an electrical fire. *nlm the vehicle turned over but wouldn't start. the dealer was unable to duplicate. metal shavings were found in the fuel pump relay switch. when the vehicle was picked up and driven home, it seemed fine, but when the consumer had gotten out of the vehicle, he noticed smoke on the inside and fire coming from the dash. scc
SEAT BELTS - FRONT - BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
01/12/1996107/01/1983
 The driver's seatblet buckle will not latch or remain latched. *ak
SEATS - FRONT ASSEMBLY - RECLINER
12/28/19948
 Driver's seat fell back into reclining position while driving vehicle. *ak
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
10/20/2000205/01/1994
 The cruise control came on without warning at 5 mph on wet street, as it was raining, and hit another vehicle. i was changing from one insurance company to another and was not covered, dealorship ford admitted they had heard this happens sometimes but due to the age of the vehicle i was out of luck. a lot of people have noted that this design, apparently in use since 77, has this quirk, but i cannot use my car now because ford refused to fix the other persons car which was caused by thier product!
12/28/19948
 When at a stop sign, vehicle lurches forward on its own.*ak
VISIBILITY - REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES - EXTERIOR
12/28/19948
 Driver's side mirror fell off.