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I have a 1995 ford contour SE 5 speed. it is running hot almost red lining.no fluids are leaking, no antifreeze smell inside, windows do not fog up when heat is on but heat is blowing cold air, fans are working. is this just a thermostat problem or something more major?

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Could be a thermostat problem, or potentially a blown head gasket.


if you take the oil cap off and check under neath the cap (inside of cap) if there is sludge buildup i would get the gasket checked.


Also try check in the radiator, if it looks like there is gunk or **** in the radiator it may be just enough to block the thermostat sensor. Usually if its a thermostat problem the temperature dial doesnt move.


Firstly would check for head gasket, thermostat and note how fast it heats up, when does it overheat (on idle, driving on highway, driving round town, etc)

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

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SOURCE: 1995 ford windstar overheat after replacing the thermostat

I had the same problem and it was the water pump, loosen the belt and check the pump for excessive play.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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SOURCE: heater blows cold air

maybe the heater matrix could be at fault, thats the bit that controls the temperature in the car.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Ford Windstar SE, 3.8L V6, 1999, front seat heat/defrost is cold

the blendor actuators strip out the gear inside the actuator cases on these all the time. replace the actuator.

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SOURCE: no heating inside, just blows out cold air.

check your coolant- if it is low, top it off. you could have an air bubble or the heater core could be clogged. if not the air mode door in the heater box might not be moving. that is the hardest and last to check

Posted on May 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 Expedition: 2000 Ford Expedition I smell antifreeze with heate...

If you smell antifreeze it may be 3 possibilities: 1. you may have a leaking hose/hose connector , or water pump. 2. your heater core is bad and needs replaced. Unless you know what you are doing I would highly suggest taking to dealer for heater core replacement. The dash and steering colum has to be removed to get to the heater core. This is not an easy job believe me (about-900-1200 job). If you have your heater core replaced then also replace the climate control door. This is good preventative maintenance and also a a dollar saver. I would have a pressure check run on your radiator as a first thought. All you may have is a bad hose and that can easily be replaced.

Posted on May 20, 2010

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