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Overheating The car just started overheating recently, it is not the waterpump,thermostat,heater core,low coolant,clogged radiator,temperature sensor,dragging brakes,a/c compressor,cooling fan,fuses or relays. the car gets hot when going up hill or accelerating (50mph or higher) and cools back down when going down hill or driving slow (under 50mph) I squeezed the top hose and I have circulation, the fan comes on automatically, I can hear it running but cant check it while driving so I thought it may be slowed by the air pushing on it at high speed so I rotated it by hand and it has resistance and makes a clicking noise(fan clutch), I have heat so the thermostat has to be opening,it rolls in neutral the same as in gear so the brakes arent dragging, the only thing left is the bottom hose could be collapsing when it is under high suction, but someone on one of these sites said they replaced the ground wire from the starter to the transmission(block?) and the problem went away on their Escort ,but that makes no sense to me so I havent done that yet, but I'm willing to try anything at this point if you think it is possibly causing a problem.There are a lot of Escorts with this same problem listed on these fixit sites but noone has any answers! I took it to a local mechanic and he gave up on it! Told me to take short trips and let it cool down on long ones!! (@$%!&)

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  • ccn7 May 11, 2010

    Are you loosing any coolant? Has a coolant pressure test showen anything, if its been done? Are you sure your guage is correct? Does it get to the point that it will boil if you was to keep going? Its posible that sediment in the engine block has brook loose and has lodged and is blocking the flow thru one of the water jackets just a thought.

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I have had a similar problem with my 99 Escort – 2.0 auto. I too tried changing thermostats, checking cooling fan operation, checking compressor, cleaning radiator etc. The overheating only occurred in the summer months and not in winter where it is very cold here in Minnesota. The procedure that solved the problem was to recharge and reset the air conditioning system. This has completely eliminated the overheating. The technician said that the compressor was recycling way too often which caused the overheating in several heater/air control positions.

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