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1993 Mercury Tracer overheating after running 15 miles or so

I have changed my thermostat, the radiator cap and flushed the radiator. There are no signs of a bad head gasket or water/oil mixture in coolant or dipstick. My question is: Is it possible the water pump could be bad? Maybe the prop just spinning on the shaft? There are no signs of leakage under car or around pump and there does nor seen to be any unusual grinding or squealing sounds. After running the car and allowing it time to heat up the coolant does not seem to be flowing inside the radiator. What would be your diagnosis and where would you proceed from here? Would you replace with another thermostat or proceed to changing the water pump?

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  • Steve Drew May 13, 2014

    The problem still persists.Is it possible the water pump prop is spinning on shaft or maybe I replaced a faulty thermostat... STUMPED and frustrated

  • Steve Drew May 13, 2014

    There is some circulation flowing through the radiator but it is slow.



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Possibly air trapped on engine side of thermostat-possibly. HOW TO BLEED: loosen coolant temp sensor. Start engine. As engine warms, slightly unscrew sensor to allow air to escape. Once a steady stream of coolant trickles out you're good. Let us know if this helps. Good luck.

Posted on May 11, 2014

Testimonial: "It took "several" turns to get the coolant to begin streaming. It is still overheating"

  • Steve Drew May 11, 2014

    "It took "several" turns to get the coolant to begin streaming. It is still overheating"

  • Steve Drew May 13, 2014

    The problem still persists.Is it possible the water pump prop is spinning on shaft or maybe I replaced a faulty thermostat... There is some circulation flowing through the radiator but it is slow. STUMPED and frustrated



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