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Overheating i have a 1998 ford contour with a new radiator and thermostst that still overheats in stop and go traffic and slight inclines. turning on the heater doesnt work but running the ac unit brings the tempature down

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  • breezehd76 Apr 19, 2009

    no it doesnt overheat when the ac is on. i will check to see if radiator fan kicks on by its self thanks so much for the advice

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the engine cooling fan must be inoperative, does it overheat with the AC on?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    When I drive my car and turn on the heater the tempature gauage shows I'm overheating. The same with the A/C is turned on.

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Turning on your ac turns on ac cooling fan which draws more air thru the radiator, but in this case i would replace water pump.

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