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Duaghter's 96 Taurus was overheating, RPM up car slows and stops.

Duaghter's 96 Taurus was overheating, once engine heated up would begin to go slower, engine would labor w/higher RPM (2-3K+) and stall. Checked coolant system, no leaks, replaced thermostat and added proper coolant. Oil was black,(she said never changed, yikes) changed/replaced filters/oil. The electric dual fans on radiator do not come on.
Seems to shift fine, no hesitation or chugging/stalling now. Temp gauge stays at 1/4 to less than 1/2, RPMs below 2K. But she's driving it with the heat on until she's sure nothing else will go wrong.
Anything else I might consider or check?

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I would check to make sure that the cooling fans are capable of running. The fan's won't come on unless either the a/c is on [provided the a/c works of course] or the engine temperature has reached about 218 degrees. A quick fan test is to allow the car to idle in the driveway with both the a/c and defrost "off" and with transmission in Park. As it warms up the cooling fans should come on once the temp gauge is about 3/4 of the way up [give or take a little] If the fan's won't come on at this point then odds are you've got either a bad fan[s], blown fuse, or bad control relay. As for potential damage caused from the overheating: the most common problem I see is head gasket leaks that allow some of the combustion gasses to get into the cooling system which disrupts the coolant flow and causes it to overheat again from this new problem. A common symptom of a head gasket leak is an engine that will suddenly run hot [but the heater stops blowing hot air when this is happening] then the engine will again run cool nearly as quickly for a while before repeating the cycle. If the leak is big enough it will often force coolant out of the reserve tank when this is happening. If it's been driven for some time and hasn't overheated she may have gotten lucky and avoided any damage. Hope this helps a bit!

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I have a 96 taurus and the water pump blades were so worn down that the water was just sitting and if it dont flow it over heats + use ainti freeze not water : you will rust everything in side and in 5 more years you will be doing it again : hope this helps from jonnyjoe209

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try to run the water pump without hoses, and add water in the 'in' side, if is powers out the other side, then it's fine. how is your water/coolant mix?

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