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Daughters 1996 ford contour 4 cyl. died on the road.After sitting a while it started again then drove it home.It starts and runs good but after warm up it bubbles out the expansion tank, I replaced the cap and that seems to have stopped , but the fan never kicks on , the heater never gets hot , guage never seems to go up.This car does have a new thermostat and waterpump one month old.

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    James Nov 25, 2015

    Sounds like a bad coolant temperature sensor and/or a bad coolant temperature gauge sender.

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Dear sir,

the solution to your problem is simple. yes you say that it has a new water pump, but the reason that a vehicle bubbles out of the expansion tank is because the water pump is not circulating coolant, the coolant boils in the engine and bubbles out of the expansion tank. secondly the reason the fan never kicks in is because the temp sensor is not seeing the heated coolant because the water pump is not circulating the coolant through the cooling system. 3rd. the heater never gets hot because the water pump is not circulating coolant through the heater core in order for it to get hot and provide heat. and the temperature gauge never seems to go up because yup you guessed it, the water pump isnt circulating coolant in order for the engine temperature sensor to see hot coolant and thus send a signal to the engine temperature gauge as to the coolant temperature. i know you said it has a new water pump, but i have heard that this type of vehicle may come with a plastic fin pump. i would remove the pump and check the passages for foreign matter{ trash} in the passages as well as the condition of the new pump. also one last thing, the reason the vehicle died on the road in the first place was probably because it overheated. happy hunting and please post to see what you found. i am a mechanic by proffession.

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U need to now when it stopped weather it had no spark or fuel one of them would have caused the problem but if its going again u cant fix it check the fauts codes it may show up some thing

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