Question about 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

1 Answer

ENGINE REBUILD WARRANTY???

I have a 97 ford thunderbird. I had the engine remanufactured a little less than 3 years ago. 2 weeks ago,(2 3/4 years later) it started knocking so i brought it back to the shop. They said they would need the car for about 10 days... (i'm on day 14) and they had to take the engine out and redo the whole job but it WAS covered under the warranty. (3 year/unlimited miles). My question is, i'm assuming i'll get my car back next week after them having it for 3 full weeks... my original warranty expires in a little less than 3 months. Since they had to redo their original re-manufacturing job, shouldn't that reset the warranty or something? What if the car dies in 4 months? Their original job that they warrantied for 3 years didn't hold up, what's to say this one will? and if it doesn't, what are my options?

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 163 Answers

Sorry, most warranties only cover original repair and no warranty repairs after that. In other words warranty doesn't get a new start date. This is not what you want to hear but as I am in the industry that is the usual wayit operates... Unless you can talk them into extending another year or two....

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Where does the upstream o2 sensor on a 97 T Bird 3.8 hook to on the engine


o2s ( oxygen sensors) are always after the cat converter
heated oxygen sensors(HO2S a totally different operation)are always before the cat converter or in the exhaust manifold

Aug 22, 2016 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

1 Answer

Where is the obd port on 97 ford thunderbird?


It should be on the left side of the steering column under the das.

Apr 30, 2014 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

1 Answer

I blew the engine. Is it better to scrap the car or have a new engine installed?


Depends,I have a 85 nissan,see my icon,silver 4x4,The engine and carb.went bad,I replaced both and that has been over 3 years ago and it runs better than new.I also replaced transmission,it is pricey,I bought a new remanufacturd engine with 3 year and/or 100,000 mile warranty,The weber carb. was new,transmission was a new remanufactured with a year warranty.Are you wanting to keep car a long time,if so,but check price first.Find a asa certified mechanic to install,I used Jasper Engines,check them out.

Aug 28, 2012 | 2001 Toyota Camry

3 Answers

Was told I need a new motor for my 1999 dodge durango, can you estimate how much it will cost?


There are several variables present here. First, are you replacing Just the engine short-block? or are you doing a Long-block? (Includes cylinder heads)
Then there is the question of if you want to replace it with a used engine or a remanufactured engine.
Depending on the shop performing the repairs, a used engine can cost less than half the cost of a remanufactured engine. ( The installer stuffs it into your vehicle pretty much the way it came from the salvage yard) or a used engine can cost almost the same as a remanufactured engine. (The installer strips the engine from the salvage yard and transfers all engine accessories, including intake manifold,exhaust manifolds, oil pan, sensors, etc. from your original engine. - this is the better way, but it adds labor costs)
Most used engines will have only a 90 day warranty. Some salvage yards will only give you 30 days.
Remanufactured engines vary from 12 months or 12,000 miles all the way to 3 years or 100,000 miles for the high-end ones like Jasper.
You need to determine what is important to you. Do you want it as cheap as possible? or do you need a good warranty on the thing after you have spent your hard-earned money on getting it replaced?
The actual price can vary by thousands of dollars. Your best bet is to get a reputable shop that does engine replacements to give you 3 estimates. (If they won't do 3 estimates, you probably don't want them working on your truck.)
When I do engine replacement estimates for my customers, I usually give them all the options. I will write-up an estimate based on a used engine, then I will write one based on a low-end remanufactured engine, then I will write another one based on a Jasper Engine. I make sure they understand the warranty differences of each option. Then I let the customer decide the coarse of action.

In my opinion, Jasper has the best warranty in the business. They put ALL of their engines on a dynomometer for testing before they leave their facilities. They are nation-wide, and I have never had any problems getting my customers taken care of in the event of a warranty claim - even when they were clear across the country on vacation/business when a problem occured. Jasper is the only remanufacturer that I am aware of that will pay the labor to repair the engine if it has a problem. You will, however, pay dearly for this warranty.
In any event, it is still cheaper than buying a new truck.

Oct 17, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Durango

1 Answer

Power steering fluid leaks, rack replaced approx a year ago


May have a failure in the replaced rack. I would take it back to the shop that did the work for warranty. If you got a remanufactured rack it was re-built and may have had major problems that were not fixed with the rebuild.

Oct 03, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

Where can I find a vacuum hose diagram for a 1997 ford thunderbird 4.6 ? I started working on my car 3 1/2 years ago and now getting it back together but I am having troubles trying to remember where and...


usually, the vacuum hose routing is on the underside of the hood, but if yours is missing, check on autozone.com . the component locator should be there. if not, try a haynes repair manual .

Jul 18, 2009 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

1 Answer

1995 ford thunderbird4.6 engine running hot. changed water pump,


Either your head gaskets are bad, or your radiator is bad. If there is no coolant, or muck on your oil dipstick, then it is your radiator. Replace it and your issue will cease. It's worth the expense to buy a "new" one. Used may be good for a week, a month, or 2 years; you never know.

Jun 26, 2009 | 1995 Ford Thunderbird

1 Answer

Hi, my Mazda 99 S millenia model engine is smooking terribly and i want to get a brand new engine, how do i go about it and how much would it cost me? Am based in Lagos Nigeria. i'm tired of fixing it,...


Dear Sir;

When the time comes for a new engine, the big question is, "Is it worth investing that much money in my vehicle, or should I buy a new one?" There is no right or wrong answer, and each situation should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
For example, if you have a 15-year-old car that is worth $2500, has 180,000 miles on it, has some body rust, needs some other repairs or maintenance, and is in generally poor condition, it probably does not make sense to invest a few thousand dollars in a new engine for that vehicle. On the other hand, if you have an 8-year-old car that’s in relatively good condition, then it makes sense to take a closer look at a remanufactured engine.
Before going any further, consider the honest answers to the following two questions.
1. Does the vehicle suit your needs? Sometimes a vehicle no longer fits the purpose for which it was first purchased. Sometimes situations arise that make your current vehicle incompatible with what you need it to do. For example, you own a 2-seat sports car and you just got married and are expecting to start a family. Is the 2-seater going to be practical for a family of three or more? Another case: you just moved from an apartment to a new single family home and need a truck instead of your current car. If your current vehicle passes this test, then let’s move to question #2.
2. If the engine hadn’t failed, would you keep the vehicle for 2 or more years? On average, the "break even" point on an investment in an engine is about 2 years. In other words, you have to drive the vehicle for 2 years to recoup the cost of the engine. Every day you drive the vehicle beyond the 2-year point, you’re ahead of the game, financially speaking. If you wouldn’t keep if for at least 2 years, you’ll probably lose money. On the other hand, if you have a newer vehicle that’s still worth a considerable amount of money, it may still make sense to replace the engine in order to trade it in or sell it. A vehicle that is not in operable condition has very little value as a trade-in or resale.
If at this point it makes sense to consider replacing your engine, there is more you need to know. The options are to rebuild your current engine, replace it with a used one, or install a remanufactured one.
Used Engines

Used engines are a gamble at best. Most professional shops won’t even consider installing a used engine; the risks are just too great. With a used engine, even if the mileage is reasonably low, you have no idea how the engine was maintained or used. Furthermore, today’s computerized engines are much different than those of 30 or 40 years ago. While it might have worked perfectly well to install a 1965 Chevy small block in a 1969 vehicle, you can’t assume that a 2001 engine will work in a 2000 vehicle.
Computerized engine control systems have software designed for very specific applications, and if things aren’t just right, a real nightmare scenario can ensue. Parts that won’t work right, "Check Engine" lights that won’t go out, stalling or other demons that seem to defy explanation. Furthermore, while most used engines are warranted for some short period of time by the junkyard selling it, they do not pay labor to replace a defective used engine. If the engine fails and the junkyard won’t pay labor, would you expect the shop to do it for nothing? Would you be willing to pay?
Rebuild Your Engine

While rebuilding the engine in your car can result in an excellent repair, there can be some serious drawbacks. One is warranty. If you drive your car a thousand miles away on vacation and the engine has a problem, who’s going to fix it? Towing it back to the shop that rebuilt it is not feasible. Will that shop pay another shop to make the needed repairs? A few will, most won’t. Ask.
A big drawback to rebuilding your engine is time. The engine must be removed, disassembled, machine work performed, parts purchased, reassembled, and installed back in the vehicle. This could require several weeks, where installing a remanufactured engine takes 2 or 3 days. Of course, if you have a modified performance engine, custom rebuilding is your only choice.
The third drawback is the inability to quote an exact price before the job is begun. There is no way to estimate the extent of the damage until the engine is completely disassembled, cleaned and inspected. Unexpected costs can arise due to problems like cracked castings, crankshafts that can’t be repaired or cylinders that need to be sleeved.
The reality is that rebuilding your engine could result in more time, more money and less warranty.

For most people, installing a remanufactured engine is the best choice. The big concern here is the quality of the remanufactured engine and the quality of the shop doing the installation. The quality of remanufactured engines varies greatly. This is one time that you really don’t want an inferior product.

Estimaternotefree@yahoo.com

Mar 01, 2009 | Mazda Millenia Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Ford Thunderbird LX Logo

161 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers

fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5546 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...