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Coolant light on

I have an '03 ford escape and when I start the car its fine but after driving it for 10 minutes the coolant comes on. Its over heating and there is plenty of anti-freeze in it. What is the problem?

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You say it's overheating, more info needed such as:
Is the engine temp gauge showing that it's overheating?
Is it actually 'boiling over' and losing coolant?
If it's running hot, but not losing coolant, check to see it the cooling fan is operating when the engine temp rises. You may have a bad cooling fan switch that is not signaling the fan to go on to lower the engine temp.
It could be a stuck (closed) thermostat that is preventing proper circulation of coolant after the car reaches operating temp.

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Easy test and replacement of thermostat:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2189728_test-cooling-system-thermostat.html

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