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2000 crown vic motor overheating and freezing up after 1/2 hour. New oil, fan, thermostat. water level ok. A/C was on.

2000 crown victoria limo with serious motor overheating problem. Replaced fan and thermostat and after running in idle with air conditioning running the car motor locked up. This car has two separate A/C systems. One for passangers and the other for the driver. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Is the engine itself hot? or the car? If the engine is warm, check the engine coolant, and see if their are any holes or leaks..

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