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Can't Burp the cooling system - Overheats

My 1997 lincoln continental keeps over heating. I have tried to burp the cooling system many times but keep running into the same problem. Replaced the radiator too.

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If you can't remove all the air by filling while running with heater on hot, there is a possibility that you have a leaking cylinder head gasket (pressure from there will fill the cooling system and displace coolant) To test, have a shop do a hydrocarbon test on the radiator. Hope I'm wrong, but quite often on those I'm not.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

  • nburton28 Jul 16, 2011

    Hi I am about to purchase a 1997 Lincoln Continental, however it concerns me that the engine was hot & the giuy stated that was natural for those types of cars.. However, to my understanding it is not natural for any car engine 2 b hot, please let me know if this could be a big job to fix, would you continue to purchase this vehicle or not? Thank you!!

  • Richard Scordino Jul 17, 2011

    if after a fifteen to twenty minute drive the engine is obviously overheating (hot light on or gauge showing over 210 degrees(f). or if coolant is coming out anywhere at all after driving), then there is a problem. All engines do get hot but there is a huge difference between overheating and just normal running. If you have any questions have a good mechanic look at it before you buy it or if you aren't comfortable with it, don't buy it.



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