A friend contacted me today saying he was being given a car: '88 Tempo
All-wheel-drive. I've never even heard of such thing, must be pretty
He hasn't taken posession yet, but told me it had a problem whereby
there's a wire on the starter solenoid which needs to be plugged in for
it to start, but then it runs badly until this wire is disconnected,
after which it runs ok.
Anyone got an idea about the problem he's talking about? I haven't
seen the car yet, just going by what he described.
I have a degree in auto tech, but I'm not a big Ford man--don't own
any, rarely work on them.
In which case it's best to replace the whole starter. Both the starter
and solenoid come in a once piece unit last time I checked. If one
portion has gone bad, the other portion is not too far behind anyway.
I'm going to post more about it when I finally see it--was just kind
of hoping for a "head start" when I got there. Thanks.
Can't believe I've never seen or even heard of an AWD Tempo--and I
live in Iowa! (snowy winters).
It was a pretty neat system and worked well, when it worked. They were great
snow. The rear end wasn't a standard differential but a viscous clutch setup,
clutch fan or torque converter. They failed quite often. The rear drive asy ran
the final drive gear in the front transaxle then through a driveshaft to the
When they failed, many folks removed the rear drive adaptor from the trans,
a standard filter and pan.
Mike, are you sure about the bigger engine? I've seen a few AWDs but it seems
all had the 2.3 HSC motor. Maybe just higher output? It's bigger cousin was the
but I thought those were only in the Taurus.
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