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I have a ford 2001 windstar. the other day the temp gauge went close to High. After an hour of sitting while we went shopping. It didn't move from normal on the way home. we added 1-1/2 gallons of water the next. My husband drove the van to and from work. 50 mile round trip. this morning i needed to add another gallon. we can't take the car in for a few more days. And i need to drive a long ways tonight. what can i do to be ok? what is wrong with the van?

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If you absolutely need to drive the van without having it serviced ensure your coolant/water is topped off prior to setting out. Make sure you have LOTS of water on hand to top it off if needed and keep a very close eye on your temperature gauge. You should also stop every few hours even if the temperature gauge stays in the "normal" range to ensure its operating at the correct temperature. There could be a few things wrong with the van, but damage to the radiator or cracked hoses could be likely culprits.

That being said I wouldn't recommend any long trips before having this issue fixed.

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