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Depending on engine type check the temperature sensor on the cylinder head but without knowing the engine type ?? as earlier models had a switch in the radiator .

Posted on Dec 09, 2012

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  • Martin Hamblett Dec 09, 2012

    It's a 1.4 cool/s model. I got our local car man to fit a new sensor at last service (last December) but that didn't solve it. How can fan be tested?

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Dec 09, 2012

    HMM ,right on the fan motor is a connection disconnect this and power it up with a bit of twin flex from the battery and see what happens ,often the connection block is burnt out

  • Martin Hamblett Dec 22, 2012

    I've read on another blog that there's a cooling fan control module near to/attached to with the a/c control module, which is 'prone to failure'?

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Dec 22, 2012

    Havent got one in at the moment to check but yes their is a relay thingy on the right hand side behind the headlight but i can honestly say i have never had a problem with this ,plus i do get a bet confused between the seat /Vw and skoda motors as although all the same some small bits are different ,worked on one yesterday but it was a older one with mono point fuel injection .

  • Martin Hamblett Dec 22, 2012

    Thanks for your help. Haven't had a chance to do much troubleshooting yet, but latest development is that even at 50mph the water temp is now rising above normal, requiring heater intervention, previously only a problem in summer.

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Dec 22, 2012

    Dont even mess around looking for possible causes if this has been a gradual thing like your describing then just take the head off and renew the gasket ,their are two types of gasket for this car the earlier one has a rubber seal around the oil way and the later one is all metal ,now what happens is the block is ally and the head but a steel gasket on this year and without 50% antifreeze and changing it every 3/4 yrs you get electrolisis between the different metals and this disolves the ally around thew water ports in the head and mainly the block face ,so pull the head clean it up with a flat bed sander and some oil on the paper then check it with a straight edge and if ok just refit the head ,Antifreeze then sell it quick for a new car as iam almost certain that the water ports in the head and block are disolving away slowly and its got to the point where a new engine will be required before much longer ,if the water ports are too far gone then what i do is to use that two part solid epoxy resin stuff and attempt to rebuild the ports a bit but its only a temporary fix ,normally enough for the owner to trade it in against a newer car without the second hand car dealer sussing it out whats wrong .

  • Martin Hamblett Jan 03, 2013

    Thanks again. Found after a recent overheating drive that radiator and bottom hose were stone cold whilst top hose was hot. Blockage?

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jan 03, 2013

    thermostat has decided to retire ,fit a new one end of story and dont forget the antifreeze ,its a important anti corrosion inhibitor as well as stoppein the cooling system from freezing .


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My car said "engine hot

Full coolant level does not mean your engine cannot overheat. You need to fix the problem as overheating will destroy the engine if not addressed.

The radiator cooling fans must be working, as must the water pump. The thermostat must also be working properly.
There must also be no air in the cooling system as air locks will impair water flow. When cooling systems are drained fully or partially and re-filled air in the system must be bled out using the correct bleeding procedure for the particular engine/cooling system. Failure to do this properly will lead to overheating.

If you ONLY see the overheating warning when running your aircon you need to check that the electric radaitor fans are kicking in at idle when you switch on and run the aircon and the engine has been warmed up some. If they do not start operating when the a/c is running you will get an overheating condition in normal driving conditions.

If the radiator fans are operating normally and you still get an overheating warning when the aircon is on or off the most likely culprit is a faulty thermostat in the engine's cooling system which will need to be replaced.

If you have either a faulty thermostat or if the water pump in the cooling system fails you will get continuous overheating whether the aircon is on or off.

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I have a 1998 1/2 Lincoln Town Car. Yes, some of the parts were changed over that year, as to why I am saying 98 1/2 At any rate, the car is overheating. I have changed the thermostat and radiator cap,...

maybe your cooling fan isnot working, electric under the hood.

Can you hear it come on when ou turn a/c on? It should also come on when engine coolant temp sensor gets hot enough to tell the computer to turn it on.

So, check fan motor operation ECT Sensor operation, & a/c making cooling fan run too.

Aug 22, 2011 | 1998 Lincoln Town Car

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The truck is overheating every time the a/c is on but the thing is when the a/c is turning off and on every 10 seconds, and engine looses much power with a/c on... thanks

{: ) If the engine running performance is well and good without the a/c, observe the a/c compressor performance and cooling. A cycling compressor can be caused by high pressure on the discharge side. The higher the pressure, the more heat will be generated specially at the a/c condenser. Engine overheating and poor a/c cooling has one common factor: the engine cooling fans. Normally when you turn on a/c, additional load and heat will stress the engine. For the cooling fans, there is a low and hi speed. If these cooling fans do not operate at precise timing and speed, the heat generated by the condenser and radiator will combine and rise up to a critical level. So better check carefully the condition and operation of your cooling fans. Check also the fan relays and fuses.
I just hope it's not a module issue, it will need more diagnostics, and very costly ,too.

Jul 12, 2011 | 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Crownvictorias2006 overheating all the time

Do you think that it's overheating because the temperature light is on? If so, then it's possible that you have a bad temperature sensor and not an overheating engine.
Look for other signs of engine overheating :
1. Sluggish engine operation.
2. Detonation upon acceleration (pinging).
3. Rough, uneven engine idle.
4. Coolant boiling in overflow tank.
If your vehicle is experiencing these symptoms, then overheating is indicated. One of the most common cases of overheating is a bad thermostat. Another common problem is a faulty cooling fan or fan circuit. The cooling fan can be checked by running the engine at operating temperature and turning on the AC control. if the fan does not come on, then a problem with the fan circuit is indicated. The thermostat can be checked by placing a cooking thermometer on the motor near the upper radiator hose where it attaches to the motor. the temperature should not go above 225deg. If it does, then replace the thermostat. If the temperature stays at or below this rating, then replace the temperature sensor. I hope that this information helps you with your problem and thank you for using

WARNING : Be very careful when working around cooling systems when the engine is at operating temperature. DO NOT open the radiator cap (if equipped) or even the overflow tank cap when the system is hot. Always wear safety glasses. Remember that electric cooling fans can operate at any time, even after the engine is off. Keep hands away from fan when working in the engine compartment.

Jun 01, 2011 | 2006 Ford Crown Victoria

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02 sunfire overheating

make sure you have radiator full of coolant
run the car to operating temperature
check the operation of the cooling fan
feel the upper radiator hose and the lower radiator hose. they both should be hot.
if one is cold then you may have a bad thermostat or restricted flow
if cooling fan does not come on when engine is hot then you have bad cooling fan switch, relay or motor.
good luck

Mar 07, 2010 | 2002 Pontiac Sunfire

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The engine is overheating at a stop but then goes down when I hit the gas. I have no Heat in the car. The radiator is full of coolant.

You may have one of several issues. Overheating at a stop indicates an inoperative radiator cooling fan, The no heat issue is more than likely being caused by an air pocket left in the cooling system from the overheating. I would suggst verifyuing the operation of the cooling fans, and then check for any air pockets in the cooling system.

Dec 22, 2009 | 1996 Toyota Camry

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Your overheating problems can have several possible causes.
1) Airlock in heating system - solution - bleed air from cooling system.
2) Radiator blocked - solution - drain and flush radiator
3) Failed waterpump - solution - fit new waterpump
4) Engine thermostat stuck in closed position - solution - fit new thermostat
5) Electric cooling fan (if fitted) failing to operate - solution - check fan, fan operating switch, all wiring and connectors
6) Not enough coolant in system - solution - check and top up to required level. Also check all hoses for sign of leakage.
7) Faulty temperature gauge giving incorrect reading.

Jun 21, 2009 | 2001 Jaguar XJ8

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Cooling fans dont operate when engine is on

faulty temperature sensor. It's near where the thermostat lives in the motor. In an emergency you can wire the + side of the fan to the accessory panel, just know that the fan will run the entire time the car is on.

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Overheating problem, the cooling fan does not operate

Everyone keeps ignoring clutch fan on water pump. If it does not lock up when engine is hot, only the electric fan will be operating. With the undersized radiator used on Jeeps, it will cause overheating!!!

Aug 06, 2008 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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