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Engine is overheating

Hello all, my 1996 mercury tracer is overheating to the point that the resovour tank is boiling and the engine is smoking. It's a 1.9 liter and I've never had this problem before.

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  • Captain S Sep 23, 2008

    Well the problem is, I don't know lol it's not my car, I'll find out here in a few though. what if the fans don't kick on?

  • Captain S Sep 23, 2008

    Upon futher inspection of the vehicle I found a distinct hissing noise being made from the lower part of the engine compartment and It's leaking fluid onto the ground. So to me it sounds like a leak in the lower radiator hose. What do you think?



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I have a 93 Mercury Tracer with the 1.9L and I had about the same problem. I started with the thermostat, then the water pump, and eventually the head gasket which fixed the problem.

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Start cheap... change the thermostat. usually the problem.
does the fan under the hood work? has the fan been over working (on all of the time)?
does the upper radiator hose look like it wants to burst when the fluid boils over? thermostat.
are you leaking antifreeze that you can see?
have you or anyone else put any type of chemical (other than antifreeze) in the cooling system?
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The easiest thing to try would be the thermostat.
Are your fans coming on?

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    TripleTauto Sep 23, 2008

    the fans are set to come on at certain temperature. and also come on when you cut a/c on. so check and see if they come on or if they dont then cut a/c on and see if they come on if they do then fans are good and have a bad relay. most likely cause is a stuck thermostat

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    TripleTauto Sep 23, 2008

    YES probably a hose I would still recommend replacing thermostat since you will have coolant drained replacing hose this is maintence


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