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Does a 2004 Ford Taurus have a safety feature that shuts off the engine if the temp gets too hot?

I over heated and my engine temp too hot beeped. I pulled over let it cool and added water. The engine started up. Someone else drove my car and didn't realize the car was overheating and didn't pull over until the car died. The engine temp too hot alert came on also but they just didn't pull over. Then it would not start.

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  • Duncan Lawrie May 06, 2014

    Firstly remove the oil dipstick and check the colour of your oil if it is grey or bubly white this means you have blown your head gasket this is quite a frequent problem when a car has over heated

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    Jessie Tejada May 07, 2014

    The Oil looks normal

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If someone overheated the engine again, ran it overheated to the point that it stopped running - that is really not good. I would think that they probably toasted the engine. Engine possibly wrecked beyond easy repair. But then again, you never know. These engines in the Taurus were pretty tough. The 3.0 litre V6 Vulcan had a cast iron block and cast iron heads - and maybe if you are lucky, the computer sensed way too hot, and shut it down before permanent serious damage. Not sure if the computer will do this. Why did it overheat? Lack of coolant? Thermostat not functioning? Bad or plugged rad? Water pump not circulating coolant? (The water pumps in these cars were notorious for the impeller blades dissolving to nothing, through corrosion, and then not providing enough circulation of the coolant for proper cooling). So: If there is any chance the motor is not wrecked ... then - must check all these things. I suggest, if engine still good - change thermostat with new good one. Professionally flush cooling system to get all crud out and refill with DISTILLED WATER and new Coolant. They'll either check the water pump for flow, or just recommend a new one. Not sure if it is worth all the money and effort. Depends how old the car is and how many miles. Might be toast anyway - since overheated badly at least once. Even if you get it running after all this effort - you will likely encounter other issues - since it was overheated once or twice pretty good. Might be better to move on to a newer vehicle. Sorry ... might be too late for this one. But be very careful with future vehicles. Any indication of overheating must be attended to right away. And cooling system is very important and must have some regular maintenance too. Some cars - should change coolant every two years with new coolant and distilled water (or whatever your service manual recommends, all cars different now.)

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Is the engine still cranking? if not they may of gotin the engine to hot and warped internal engine parts if so you need new engine

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I agree with Duncan Lawrie, check for the white gunk on the dipstick. Does the engine turn over as if its trying to start?

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    Jessie Tejada May 07, 2014

    Thank you Duncan and Alex. Yes the oil looks normal. The engine is trying to turn over but doesn't want to engage.

  • alex Martin May 07, 2014

    Still a possibility that the head gasket has failed unfortunately. i would check the spark plugs to see the condition of them, if they look ok then you will have to get a compression test done on the cylinders.

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    Jessie Tejada May 07, 2014

    Thank you Alex, I will have those checked.

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SOURCE: no heat after changing thermostat.

remove the heater core lines the two hoses that go to the heater core, take a splice tube either metal our plastic your part store will have either one. take the splice tube and install it in one of the lines add some hose to that tube make the hose long enough to run out side of the engine compartment and on to the ground. take the other hose and install a flushing tee, hook up to a garden hose and trun the water on . what you are trying to do is flush the heater core , you are also looking for blockage off the heater core, if you little to no flow i would suggest replaceing the heater core

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Taurus, 90K, used car, engines shakes, ABS goes on

Are you getting any codes from the Check Engine Light? This sounds like it could have something to do with a sensor. Check your air filter and make sure it's clean. The tach on my 1999 doesn't really work, but it hasn't coincided with other driveability problems. The engine doesn't change in it's RPM's, the tachometer just stops working. Have your charging system checked. The shaking might be coming from bad fuel pump operation, clogged fuel filter, or dirty fuel injectors. Try putting an additive into your gastank to clean the injectors (a bottle of Seafoam is great for this). Try calling your local Autozone and see if they do free trouble code scanning. This might help lead you in a better direction.

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i would try a new thermostat and a good rad flush, and if your running dexcool switch to a green type (prestone, motomaster)
that worked in a ford taurus for us

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SOURCE: 2002 ford e250 5.4. engine temp gauge giving false

Well, it can be a sending unit issue, they are pretty inexpensive, so worth while to just replace it. Do be aware that the temprature DOES normally do what you describe. The condition is called heat soak, where the temp goes pretty high, due to no water circulation, after shutdown. This is normal and some vehicles run fans after shutdown to help. Usually not an issue with properly functioning cooling system that can hold pressure.

Remember the coolant recovery tanks? Their purpose was to recover teh small amount of coolant pushed out during heat soak.

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