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1998 escort zx2 -water not circulating through motor and no heat

Problem started with a leak in heater line and the car overheated;I fixed that problem and replaced thermostate and and replaced the coolant but still nothing-all water lines are cold.
When you turn on the heater the engine seams to idle down and drag. Do you think I need to replace the water pump?

Thanks,
Neal

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  • nerickson1 Feb 01, 2009

    I checked and the waterpump is not leaking. Do you still think it is the head gasket?

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No sounds more like a head gasket. but check water pump in case its leaking

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    Colin Stickland Feb 01, 2009

    remove the thermostat and try it again ,catch coolant its not cheap in case its air locking ,if this works test thermostat in a saucepan of hot water on the gas stove (cooker) and make sure it opens.when you have it running leave rad cap off and see if water bubbles and gurgles and throws its self out.If it doesnt do it till it warms up this is correct.as engine get hot water expands not a lot but it does.if heater pipes still not getting warm and its not throwing water out then remove water pump because although it may not be leaking they often have plastic impellers and these have a habit of falling of the shaft if they overheat a bit.This got me the first time i saw it on a volvo,had me going trying to fathom it out as never seen a plastic impeller before till a couple of years ago .When i was at college we took water pumps apart and fitted new seals and bearings.

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