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1993 ford taurus overheated and water start coming out of the overflow tank. What could that be from?

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If its real hot, it will. After it cools off and you refill the tank and put the cap on, crank it up if it pushes water out right after you start the engine you may have head gasket damage. make sure the coolant level is full and no leaks, make sure radiator fan runs when the a/c is on.

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Furthermore when an older engine overheats a lot or boils it can begin a chain of events that causes great expense and inconvenience over an extended period of time...

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93 ford taurus overheats when idle and stop go traffic

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To solve the problem you have the things to do in this order;

) When the engine is cold top off the radiator with fluid. (When the pump was replaced the fluid should have been also)
) Make sure the radiator fluid has anti-freeze in it. This is also anti boil also !
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) Make sure the drive belt was replaced on the water pump.
) With the engine running, you can add fluid to the radiator for the first minute or so. You want to get air pockets out.
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