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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-11-2003, 10:31 PM
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i know that this is way off topic, but i figured maybe somebody here can help anyway. i have a 95 ford windstar van with a 3.8l v-6, that has a little overheating problem. i have replaced the thermostat(2x), and just replaced the water pump. it still wants to run on the high side of the temperature gauge. i have checked this thing over very well and it has left me scratching my head. no signs of blown head gasket(s) or any thing else that can cause this, unless i am missing something. any thoughts or ideas that may be the problem? any help will be greatly appreciated. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-11-2003, 11:19 PM
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What kind of condition is the radiator in?
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-11-2003, 11:26 PM
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Have you done a pressure test on your system? This will tell you if you have a leak or if your hoses are collapsing causing restriction in coolant flow. I like to replace mine every couple years regardless how they look.

How about the fan...does it turn easy by hand?

Maybe your temp sensor is bad...do a resistance measure on it.

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Have you changed ypur radiator cap that might help if the spring is weak
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 08:43 PM
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flushed the heater core today and it did great for a while then BAM!!!!!!! all of the sudden it started again. this thing is like a yo-yo. the temp gauge will go up really high then all of the sudden it will go back down. which leads me to believe that a hose is collapsing and restricting flow. i have also replaced the radiator cap so i know that is not it. i REALLY appreciate the help so far. i hope to get it fixed soon.
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that could just be normal t-stat operation with a gimped temp sensor
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 10:07 PM
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I'd possibly lean toward what muddybronco is saying. Are there any other signs of overheating other than what the gauge is saying? You could buy a cheapie aftermarket sensor and just drop it in the radiator while its running. bring it up to temp and see what the extra one reads. Or for a few bucks just replace your sensor and see what happens. Most likely the sensor is under $20.
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