Question about 1999 Ford Contour
First of all, don't necessarily trust the gauge. Verify with a thermometer.
Second is that a loose belt, bad timing, fouled spark plug, bad wire, etc., will make an engine run hot.
Third is that thermostats don't last forever, but only cost a couple of bucks.
Does the electric fan work and go on is not moving?
You could also back flush the system with a garden hose, in order to get rid of some sediment.
But finally, borrow a cooling system pressure tester from a place like Autozone. See if the system holds pressure, there are no leaks, and when you start the engine, there are no compression pulse leaks into the cooling system.
Posted on May 08, 2010
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