What speed sitting or on the go , if it is on the go some cars and trucks have an air dam on the lower part on some might call it plastic by the bottom of the bumper this will deflect air up into the radiator ,if it is broken it can cause an overheating problem
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Re: overheating 02 ford ranger
The cooling system has to be bled. Did you bleed the cooling system ? first you fill the radiator with coolant and water. Then turn on the engine and and run to operating temperature. Most cars have a bleeding screw located at the thermostat housing. Turn of the engine and with a fairl long screwdriver turn the screw counter clockwise and remove the air until coolant is the only thing coming out. Refill and repeat procedure.Refill with coolant until full. Be careful not to burn yourself with the steam coming out with the air.
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Smart man using a scanner for the actual temp. Assuming you're not losing coolant....2 things I'd look at here, 1st is you may have air in the system, make sure to purge all the air. 2nd is your fan clutch, I've replaced a few fan clutches in my own Trailblazer. Have had them bad right out of the box brand new. Have had bad brand new fan clutches on 2 of my last Trailblazers. You should hear it engaging especially in stop and go traffic.
Check the fan clutch, does iit overheat in traffic or all the time? If it run at operating temp on the highway then it's possibly the fan clutch if it runs hot all the time you possibly have a water pump that has failed, also you could have bad sending unit for water temp. Hope I helped you can email me if you need to firstname.lastname@example.org good luck! Joe
The powertrain computer turns the fans on through the cooling fan relays, based on information from the coolant temperature sensor. The fans will only come on when the coolant temp. is pretty high-varies by manufacturer, but it is over 200 degrees, some as much as 230 degrees. So the fans will not come on when engine is started, but they should come on before the engine overheats. You should have them checked. Also find out if the temp. gauge sending unit is separate and different from the coolant temperature sensor-on most cars, they are separate, maybe not on yours? Free advice from a shadetree-not worth a lot, eh? lol.
does the heater work good, like real HOT when the truck is HOT? if not, flush the heater core with a water hose, both directions. Now when the truck is HOT open the hood and feel the air coming thorough the radiator, it should be HOT. if its not, the radiator may be plugged. If the mechanic has a Temp Gun, have him check the radiator temp, it should be uniformly HOT if you find cold spots (like if the radiator is 200f and there are places that are 150f) the radiator is plugged and "flushing" will do nothing.
Your sending unit is definately bad running at 180 - 210 is perfectly fine and it is not overheating at all.Replace it and your problems will be solved. But make sure you are using your lazer temp gauge at the same point as your temp sending unit.If you are then it is your sending unit if not you may have air in the system at the point of the sending unit and this will cause your problem as well.
Here are a few things to try. Check your Radiator cap pressure as a weak cap will boil over more quickly. Replace your Temperature sending unit. There may be 2, one is for the dash gauge and the other is for engine control. Unless you have other signs of overheating you may not be overheating at all, just a bad sender.
Next, the cooling fan clutch is what the fan blade is mounted on. This is checked by using a Timing light with a RPM tach made into it. The fan clutch "locks" at a variable temperature. In cold weather it slips internally. In hot weather it engages or "locks". A mechanic measures the RPM of the blade to the RPM of the engine. This tells if the fan clutch is slipping too much internally.
Before considering a new water pump try a free scan at Autozone or Oreillys. If your Catalytic converters are plugged the engine will overheat. You should have a Code for this problem in the onboard computer. About all you can try after this is to remove the Thermostat completely and see if the engine still overheats.
You will have to replace the New Thermostat again because the other engine controls will not work right without it. But without the thermostat you can test for collapsed Radiator hoses at say 2500RPM or above. Thats about all I can think of, the water pump would cost the most. The cap, sensor-sender, fan clutch, and hoses are not that expensive.
I had the same overheating problem in my jeep ! My problem was finaly found out to be the clutch in my fan its a different kind of clutch system it work as this. When your jeep gets warmer the tighter your fan clutch gets .While cool your fan moves slowly. now to test your clutch just warm up your jeep and rev it up a bit if your fan dose not pick up speed then it is sliping.What will come out of this is that you fan will the seez and run full all the time. if you jeep dose not overheat wile moving then it is not your thermo stat period.