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Why would a 1990 ford tempo go in reverse but not forward it is 2.3 4 cylinder manual

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Because the transmission is dead. reverse works on different parts than drive on these cars. And since no one uses reverse more than drive? well you get my point.

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

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SOURCE: 1988 ford tempo 4 cylinder

Replace or block off egr valve. Post your results.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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SOURCE: 1990 ford tempo

if you have a 1.3L 4cyl these were famous for the idle solenoid on the intake manifold located close to wind shield drivers side two wire plug and 2 10mm bolts it is round looks like a cap on it cant miss it!!use EFI cleaner spray it out good this opens and closes sometimes carbon plugs them up you should get a lot of black carbon out when spraying it out this should help hope it did. John

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Manual for 1990 Ford Tempo

try your local library and they can make copies for you

Posted on Mar 01, 2009

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SOURCE: cannot shift into reverse although forward gears all functional

have ur shift linkage bushings replaced....most likely thse are torn or completely broken .. this is common on these models..also on some vw's of the same years

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Installing New HeadLight Cover 1990 Ford Tempo

yes replace the lens and that will fix the problem.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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I got 1990 ford tempo 2.3 4cylinder automatic transmission it go in reverse but won't go forward


THE CLUTCHES INSIDE THE TRANS ARE MOST LIKELY BURNED UP. CHECK YOU FLUID,IT SHOULD BE BRIGHT RED, IF IT IS BROWN AND HAS A BAD SMELL ITS TIME FOR A TRANS REBUILD

Dec 08, 2014 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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I got a 1990 ford tempo I was wondering why it goes in reverse but won't go forward


Is it standard or automatic, I think it must be Standard because that doesn't happen with Automatics. If you put it in low and it only goes backwards someone had it (The transmission apart) and put the slider in back wards or something like that. Perhaps the forward gears are gone so they wanted to see if reverse works. Maybe you meant when you shift into a forward gear it doesn't work but when you shift it into reverse it does work. There is a fork like gear that moves the gears in and out of high and low range and it might be broken and it is possible if you find it hasn't been ground up in the internal gears it might be welded back in place and be sure to grind off every bit of flux so the gears can work smoothly. Best thing is to go to a junk yard that still has older cars like the Tempo so you can buy the transmission.

Dec 08, 2014 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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Radiator fan does not work


That's bad and it could be that your Electronic Radiator Thermostat is causing all the problem as it tells the fan to come on or stay off.

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My 1993 ford tempo 2.3L wants to slip in reverse but changed trans fluid and was very clean and works fine in all forward gears. Is trans going out or could it be an adjustment?


be careful when changing gears into reverse and be careful while in reverse and your transmission should last but if you ride on that gear to much your transmission will fail and you will no longer have reverse in your vehicle even if you have all other gears working

Apr 26, 2011 | 1993 Ford Tempo

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How do you remove power steering pump on 1990 ford tempo gl


  1. remove the powersteering belt.
  2. Use a puller to remove the pulley.
  3. remove the powersteering lines, theres a preasure line and a return hose
  4. remove the three bolts holding the pump to the bracket,
  5. reverse directions to install new pump. hope this helps.

Oct 24, 2010 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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Manual stolen when car was vandalized, need to know how to set clock and radio stations in 1994 Ford Tempo please


setting stations on Fords are easy,put it on the station you want to program and push the channel button in and hold for about 2 seconds then it should flash,now the channel is set..now for the clock,with the key on and radio turned off,press the clock button,then press the seek or scan forward or reverse to adjust the time,then hit the clock button again to make sure it sets.

Oct 22, 2009 | 1994 Ford Tempo

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Installing New HeadLight Cover 1990 Ford Tempo


yes replace the lens and that will fix the problem.

May 28, 2009 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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Manual for 1990 Ford Tempo


try your local library and they can make copies for you

Mar 01, 2009 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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No reverse lights


There is a switch that is activated when the shift lever is put into reverse. Judging from the age f your car it could very well be that.

Jul 22, 2008 | 1990 Ford Tempo

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