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1997 ford escort 2.0L engine is overheating. it has a radiator that is 3 yrs. old, a new head gasket, re-machine heads, water pump and timing belt that are 2 yrs. old, new thermostat and several radiator flushes have been done. water is pumping and there IS heat inside cabin. i have no idea why it is overheating and any help would be appreciated.

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Try this,wearing rubber gloves(cos its hot)undo the topmost hot hose clip and expell any air trapped.also use a hotwire to check
electric fan(s) if fitted.if they run it aint them.do they operate when idling and hot,if not then its the sensor.or if you have a viscous fan is that working.....when hot you will feel a resistance to turning by hand when the engine is stopped..another telltail that the thermostat is gone is,does the guage go down when you turn the fan on full heat for the interior??...cant think of anything else.....

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2.0L Engine
SOHC ENGINE
See Figure 8
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise the car and support it with safety stands.
CAUTION Never open, service or drain the radiator or cooling system when hot; serious burns can occur from the steam and hot coolant. Also, when draining engine coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantities. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.
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  4. Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the water pump.
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Fig. 8: Location of the water pump mounting bolts (A) and stud (B)-2.0L SOHC engine


To install:

WARNING Do not use any abrasive grinding discs to remove gasket material. Use a plastic manual gasket scraper to remove the gasket residue. Be careful not to scratch or gouge the aluminum sealing surfaces when cleaning them.
  1. Clean the gasket surfaces thoroughly until all traces of the old gasket residue are removed. Inspect the gasket mating surfaces, both must be clean and flat.
  2. Install a new gasket and the water pump.
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Fig. 9: Remove the water pump mounting retainers-2.0L DOHC engine


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