Originally Posted by crazyeyeschase
I recently bought an 87 Turbo Coupe. It's in pretty good condition, a few dents and some clear coat damage. The interior is good. The passenger side door is probably the worst (torn up panels and the door doesnt completly close- a spring is broken) I'm searching and saving for a replacement now.
I think the head gasket is bad, and I am planning on replacing it.
The A/C runs constantly just so the fan is blowing cold air on the engine so the head gasket doesn't get to hot but I have noticed that occasionaly the driver side foot vent will either leak of blow out water. Could this be because the drain for condensation is clogged??? If so where can I locate the drain? ??
I have had the car for about 2 months. I replaced the altenator and battery. One day I was driving and realized that it sounded funny while idleing and wasn't taking to the pedal well. My first thought was a tranny problem but when I put it in park and let it idle I noticed it was idleing at about 500 RPM's more then usual. I popped the hood and noticed the PCV valve hose was disconected so I bought a new fitting for it. Once I did that the check engine light turned off.
Also while driving the console power cuts on and off. The radio, clock, and windshield wipers loose power. It has also occasionaly died on me and I thought that that was caused from a bad ingition cylinder because the power would turn back on if I jiggled the keys. After replacing the cylinder the problem still occured what other problem areas can I check???
The first day I had it I came to a stop and decided to try the firm ride control (when the turbo comes on the firm ride kicks in but it also has a switch to set it all the time) After driving about 4 blocks down a straight road I smelled a funny smell and turned the street to my house. When I parked I noticed smoke from the driver side rear tire. So I turned the firm ride off, took the tire off and looked around just to see if a brake pad was rubbing or something since the previous owner told me they replaced them. I saw nothing. Put the tire on and took it out later that day and it did it again. It sat for a day until I could look at it and it didn't do it again since then and I did nothing to it. I haven't turned the firm ride back on but I have no problem when it kicks its self on should I go back and look for something or let it be???
Also recently I noticed that between 25 and 30 is when it shifts and at this point in time the turbo kicks in but recently its been hesitant and jerks. This is my first turbocharged car and didn't know what the problem could be. If its tranny like I think I'll buy a new one, but until then I'll get some Lucas for it.
Please, if any one knows a possible solution for any of my questions please tell me. I am starting to like this car more then I thought I would, and I'd love to do more work to it.
For the A/C drain, start at the A/C and heater line connections and work your way down. You will see the drain nipple. Use compressed air to blow it out. For your radio wipers and clock, where you say in your next post moving the key cylinder slightly causes the stuff to turn back on- that would be an ignition switch issue rather than a lock cylinder, which you replaced. The procedure to replace the ignition switch is detailed in the Chiltons Thunderbird/Cougar 1983-97 repair manual, which I am looking at right now. You have an 87, so you probably won't have to drill out the switch bolts according to this.
For the smoke when you have the firm ride on, either the shock itself is bad or the actuator on the top of it is. Turn the firm ride on with the wheel off and you should see the smoke from the shock or actuator on top.
You honestly don't have the best typing skills (did some corrections to your original post in case anybody else chimes in). I'm having a hard time understanding wether or not the spark plugs fixed your idleing problems.
Another point. This forum isn't as widely visited or frequented by many people for about 3 or so years, as many of the members were from Austrailia and had a dispute and decided to leave here for another forum. I try to get on here everyday if possible, but I have other forums I have to frequent. What I am trying to say is, don't expect an answer imeadiately. There are some experts like me on here, but not all the time. Don't join expecting an answer right away, then not come back for good when you don't get an answer right away. Give it a little time. Not every question goes unanswered.