Ford thunderbird

Asked by Germs Sep 09, 2017 at 05:22 PM about the 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My ford thunderbird went to overheating all
sudden and trans went to slipping at same
time and had no prior problems with either,
check hose pump fan and took therm out
and now globs of white goo almost dough
lookin coming out of resivour tank???
Never seen that b4, where to start now?

4 Answers


Sounds like some kind of block seal or radiator sealer, you need to thoroughly flush the cooling system until it runs clean both forwards and back flushing, you may want to have the radiator flow tested, if it fails then just replace it. after you get it back together then just hope it didn't have a blown headgasket or heater core and the sealant is what was dumped in to attempt to seal it. HTH

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Thank u! However, IF someone was to be being hateful and put something in the overflow tank such as flour ( large white globs of goo is coming out) was NOT like that just the day b4, and the car was ran that way, how does that effect the motor and trans? Wat do I do to fix that?!


It plugs things up, so you still have to flush it out. Something is causing the overheat, you have ruled out the water pump and the fan operation so about the only thing left is the radiator, either it is restricted internally or it is so plugged with bugs, dirt and whatever that the air can't flow through it. Now your tans is another matter all together, if it gets hot and overheats the fluid will smell burnt, if that is the case then you will have to service the transmission and check the cooler for proper flow if you have flow then it should be ok, but if you don't then you either have to repalce the radiator or bypass the cooler in the radiator and install an auxiliary cooler out in front of the vehicle.

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I can tell you it happenened to me. It is the tranny line that goes through the radiator., it is mixing anti freeze with tranny fluid, it will overheat and goo up the tranny and over heat badly. Being an older vehicle you may be able to flush out the tranny and it may still work. You have to change out the radiator, its in the bottom tank, internally. In a newer car, there are paper tranny bands, in an older car they are metal bands and stand a better chance of survival. Ask any tranny guy, your problem is tranny fluid and antifreeze mixing together. The more you drive , the more damage you are doing. The tranny cooling line going through the bottom tank is ur problem

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