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I have a 89 f-150 that is overheating on hills, but when I check the fluid levels everything is fine. What else can the problem be?

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  • wallygator67 May 11, 2010

    Could be a number of things. Faulty thermostat, Clogged rad. Waterpump, Even too weak a mix of coolant. When was the cooling system flushed last? How old is the coolant? When was the thermostat rplaced?

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CHANGE THERMOSTAT RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP.CHECK THE COOLANT FAN CLUTCH.IF FAN WOBBLES AND FREEWHEEL WITH NO RESISTANCE THE FAN CLUTCH IS BAD.IF FAN CLUTCH IS GOOD.PROBLEM COULD BE STOPPED UP RADIATOR CORES AND THE IGNITION TIMING IS OFF ENGINE WILL OVER HEAT.

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