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Where is the radiator located at in the 2003 Ford Escape? If it is leaking, where would it leak at underneath the car. If the engine coolant is low, and it is not time for an oil change what could that mean?

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Is the car overheating?
Look for signs of coolant leakage under the front of the vehicle. You must be very careful when dealing with the cooling system. It is hot liquid under great pressure....not something to take lightly. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, take it to an autoparts store, explain your concerns, and let them look it over. Most stores will do this as a courtesy. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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I am having difficulty locating it. I need to know how to locate and replace a thermostat on a 2002 ford escape


Follow the top radiator hose down to where it connects to the engine. You should find a dome shape item or a couple of smaller bolts that attach to the engine to the side of the radiator hose and the thermostat will be inside the housing. You will need to drain the radiator, remove the bolts holding the thermostat housing to the engine and remove the old stat and put in a new one be sure to make note of how the stat is facing when you remove it and put the new one in the same way. then reconnect the thermostat housing making sure the gasket is in place so it won't leak, then refill the radiator slowly so you don't cause an air lock in the radiator, with cap still off start the engine and allow it to warm up until the stat opens and then you will need to add more antifreeze to the system. Double check for any leaks. Turn on the heater and make sure you have good heat and you should be good

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My 2003 ford escape not blowing heat just alittle warm as I drive


Check to make sure that there is a sufficient level of coolant . If the coolant level is low, coolant may stop circulating through the heater core even if the level is not low enough to cause the engine to overheat. The engine's thermostat may also have failed and is stuck open, not allowing the coolant to rise to the appropriate operating temperature.

Feb 15, 2015 | 2003 Ford Escape

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Power steering fluid in coolant


You have a bad Radiator, the Transmission Cooler that runs through the coolant tank is leaking. Replace radiator and all coolant lines as Trany fluid will eat them from the inside. Also have your Transmission Flushed and new fluid.

Jul 08, 2013 | 2003 Ford Escape

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Coolant leaks from my ford escape I have had it pressure tested and fitted a new cap When parked leaves a puddle of coolant


Always find the source first, The rear water ports are directly behind the rear lower intake bolts and the front ports are directly in front of the front bolts. The rear ports are cast into the lower intake manifold and are dead ends, air can get trapped in that area. In cold weather your thermostat may open slower, resulting in a pressure build up at the rear ports. Any trapped air will compress. Normal coolant system pressure occurs when the glycol is operating temperature. I would try refilling the system and getting the air out,the leak may only occur when the system is full. With a cold engine, open the radiator cap and add 50/50 mix, fill the resevoir to the low mark. Run the engine with the radiator cap off until the thermostat opens, the upper hose will be hot when the stat opens. Turn the car off and refill the radiator to the top. Sqeeze the upper hose to remove any air. fill if necessary. replace cap, run car again until it reaches operating temp. Now with a full system check for leaks. When replacing lost coolant should also have the heat at max temp. Get a good mirror to check for leaks. The outter mating surface of the rear water jacket gasket is flush with the block and the edge of the lower manifold, sometimes you can see where it blew out.

Nov 02, 2011 | 2001 Ford Escape

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My coolant is rapidly disappearing, and I have no clue why?


IF YOU GOT TOO MUCH WATER IN COOLANT SYSTEM AND DONT HAVE 50 / 50 MIXTURE OF ANTIFREEZE AND WATER. WATER WILL EVAPORATE BOIL AWAY.CHECK FOR COOLANT LEAKS LOOK AT TOP AND BOTTOM RADIATOR HOSES LEAKS, CHECK FOR COOLANT LEAKS AROUND BOTH RADIATOR CONTAINER AND RADIATOR CORES LEAKING. CHECK WATER PUMP WEEP HOLE. IF LEAKING WATER NEED REPLACING, CHECK ENGINE CRANKCASE ANTIFREEZE WILL LEAK IN CRANK CASE OR LEAK IN THE INTAKE GASKET COOLANT WILL BURN WITH FUEL.MANY THINGS WILL CAUSE COOLANT LOST.

Aug 12, 2011 | 2003 Ford Explorer

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2001 Ford Escape. Coolant leaking from somewhere. Went through bottle of coolant in 2 days.


If there is no sign of a leak you need to test for cylinder head leaks.
Warm up the engine and remove the radiator cap. Top up the water to the neck of the filler. Squeeze the top hose a couple of times to shift any air in the top tank of the radiator. Run the engine on idle and check for bubbles it the radiator, keep it topped up to the neck. Bubbles showing means you have a head gasket problem.

Aug 07, 2011 | 2001 Ford Escape

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I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante. It seems that when I am driving at higher speeds the engine runs a little warm. I am not overhearting but want to address issue before a problem. What could be causing...


There are several things to check:
  • Low coolant level
  • Leaking radiator hose; a small leak under pressure would cause you to lose coolant
  • Leaking radiator line (located on the bottom of the radiator
  • Bad thermostat; A bad thermostat will not allow sufficient coolant to flow to keep the engine cool

May 01, 2011 | 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante

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I have a 2010 ford escape..prob started as a coolant leak..took it to ford dealer, they repl water pump..a week later we noticed when u stop a red lite heater starts blowing cold air..took back to...


The performance of the heater indicates low coolant level. Pretty strange about the multiple water pumps, but if is is under warranty, you need to keep going back to the dealer. They must be missing something...

Dec 16, 2010 | 2008 Ford Escape

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Ford Escape 2003. Engine suddenly overheat.


Engine over heating can be caused by a number of things. When you say the water pump and radiator appear to be ok I am also guessing that you checked the coolant level to make sure it is normal.

If the level is low then you obviously have a leak. Insufficient coolant circulating will not cool the motor properly because it won't be able to draw enough heat out. If the level is normal then you need to check the thermostat to make sure it is opening properly. To do this, run the motor to temperature and check the top and bottom hoses. They should both be hot and firrm once the thermostat opens meaning the circulation loop is operating properly. If the top is hot and firm and the bottom is cold/soft or collapsed then the thermostat isn't opening.

If the thermostat is operating properly then you ned to look for some other obstruction or cause for coolant loss. Check the head/intake gaskets, hose connections, hoses, over flow tank, radiator fins, radiator side tanks etc..

Good luck.

Jun 10, 2010 | 2003 Ford Escape

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Coolant light comes on for about 1 minute on 2003 Ford Escape. Do I need to add coolant or flush?


This usually means add coolant.
With the engine cold, take the radiator cap off. Its probably low on coolant,fill it up and put the cap back on.Also check the overflow reservoir and if needed fill it to the cold line. You probably have a coolant leak that needs to be fixed.

Sep 22, 2009 | 2003 Ford Escape

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