Question about 1989 Ford Merkur Scorpio
I have a 1998 Ford Escort with a temperature gage that is going towards the low level then back to halfway. It does not go high.
I just added coolant to the reserve thinking this would solve the problem since when I looked at the reserve tank it was on the low side. Would I also have to add it to the radiator itself? Have never added it since the radiator was replaced about 5 years ago. It is throwing heat as usual. It does not have any smell and no leakage on the ground. Gage is not going all the way to cool but just about half way between the cold level and the half way point. It then goes back to the middle. It is starting fine in all types of weather and usually does not stall at all while driving. Today is a cold day where the temperature has not rose above 28 degrees outside. Car is still throwing heat and defrosting windows fine. Also starting fine for it being cold outside. Could there be something wrong with the thermostat or radiator or do I just need to let the car completely cool and add coolant to the radiator itself? The usual place for the gage is halfway once the car warms up in cold weather and halfway in warm or hot weather.
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I assume you have checked the cooling system to ensure that first, that it is completely full of coolant (not just the overflow tank) and second that there are no leaks anywhere. Your description indicates either low coolant level and/or air locks in the cooling system. Only check coolant level when engine is cold. If it needs topping up, add coolant and then run engine at idle with heat control on full, until it reaches operating temperature, topping up as necessary. Allow cooling fans to cycle on and off a few times to ensure all air is purged from system. If coolant was low, then check regularly when engine is warm to see if you can find where the coolant is leaking. The places where the hoses connect to the metal pipes around the engine are the most likely points of leakage or a hose could have weakened and split.
If coolant level is OK and there are no leaks then it could mean a faulty water pump.
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