20 Most Recent 1989 Ford Tempo Questions & Answers


the acceleration problem may be related to air/fuel settings rather than transmissions so work on the injectors/fuel pressure / carby settings first

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on May 07, 2017


You might have a bad solenoid. I would try a new one. Or else what about your battery? Are you certain it is at full charge? Battery cables good and connected tight everywhere? If battery and cables are good, then it's probably the solenoid or the starter giving you problems.

The horn is not related at all. Usually a horn problem is with the switch in the steering wheel, but if you have an air bag, you'd better let someone fix or check it who has experience working around them and how to disable and handle them. I'm sure there are videos on youtube, that detail all these procedures- you can find almost anything on the internet, almost everything, might even be something for your Tempo.
The horn itself is always at the front of the car, maybe hidden behind the bumper, or on a brace around the radiator, behind the grill, just look in those places, but 9 times out of 10, the horn itself is good and it's the wheel switch or wiring or horn relay that is the problem.

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Apr 17, 2017


Reverse clutch in tranny is worn or out of adjustment. See specialist.

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Feb 16, 2016


it would seam that it looks like its on right but not correctly over crankshaft ,that's the one that makes it move if in dough try autozone library

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Jun 17, 2015


One of the fans is for the air con,the other for engine you need both fans in summer buy another motor for the one that's faulty.

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Aug 13, 2014


If the car was equipped with the electric remote trunk release the switch would be located in the glovebox, under steering wheel or inside the drivers side door trim. Check your owners manual for possible location. It may not have been an option for your car. If it wasn't an option you may be able to remove rear seat to access trunk to open trunk lid

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Jul 15, 2014


You have to remove the tire, brake caliper, caliper mount, and rotor. Then remove two bolts that hold the strut to the steering knuckle. Leave one bolt in without the nut. Now you need a large socket that fits the nut on the axle. Remove nut then pull hub assembly off axle spline shaft. Then grab the shaft securely and give it a good hard yank. This calaspses the compression ring on the axle shaft and pulls the shaft free. Check seal and replace if necessary. Install in reverse order. Good luck I hope this solves your problem. Please post a solved comment on fixya, so I receive credit for the solve. This will increase my ranking on fixya.com That is how I get paid. By knowing I am helping someone!!!!

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Apr 13, 2014


Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and go to the Dealer. The Dealer has a book called an OSI book. Obsolete, Superceded, and Interchange are the way it is organized.

For used parts try Carparts.com. For a better understanding of Ford parts-they carry 2 types of part numbers. There is a Service number and an Engineering number.

The Service number is the over-the counter part number. The part numbers have a middle BASE number and the numbers and letters before the BASE number are Prefixes. The Prefix tells the Year and Model of vehicle. If a part is a D8AZ it is for a 1978 full size Ford, a D9 is for a 1979 full size. A D8MY is for a full size Mercury, D8LY is for a Lincoln.

These first numbers can be important, but if they interchange there are 2 things to know. A Ford part is usually cheaper than a Lincoln part and you can't go by the Prefix. That is why the BASE number is referenced. This is not to say the Suffix is not important, as the suffix can notate Engineering changes when looking at an Engineering number.

For instance, The first run part has an "A" Engineering suffix. Improvements could end with "B" or "AA". Perhaps the "A" suffix fits only the Mercury, but a modified "B" or "AA" could fit both Mercury and Ford sister cars.

This is why you need to know what each part of the Engineering number means.or have the Service number. Ford usually stamps or labels, or moulds only the engineering number on components.

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Mar 28, 2014


I'd start by replacing the Tempo. Worst vehicle I ever owned...

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Mar 09, 2014


replace the idler arm and pivot mount as a unit and make sure that the nut is pinned properly. As it is only an idler arm there should be no need to get a wheel alignment done

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Oct 08, 2013


check the fuel filters and do any of the gauges read anything weird?

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Jun 01, 2013


to see starter you have to remove air filter assembly starter mounted upper side engine

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on May 23, 2013


you have to remove air duct from throtlle body and remove resonance chamber to remove starter upper mountings bolts then you need safely raise support vechicle remove starter lower bolts.

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on May 23, 2013


After the car has been driven until warm,say 10 minutes,leave it
running and feel the hoses going thru the firewall to the heater,
there are 2 ,if they are both cold it needs a thermostat.
If one is hot and one is alot colder , it's the heater core.
If they are both hot it's a door on the inside.
Thermostat on the 2.3 (assuming) is at the engine end of the top
radiator hose,front of the head. Easy one

1989 Ford Tempo | Answered on Feb 21, 2013

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