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2003 ford focus 1.6 LX with alomost 130.000 on the clock, seriously overheated, burning smell and engine light is on?

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  • denman_s Sep 29, 2010

    Thankyou mu husband was on the way back from a football match and had been queued for sometime.It isnt overheating now but the engine light is still on. No leak as far as I know.

  • denman_s Sep 29, 2010

    great thanks

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Something is seriously wrong with the cooling circuit - the burning smell is coming from th gaskets, you will gonna have to replace them very soon since they were damaged.
First you must check that there's still enough water/coolant in the circuit - if not refill it to the max, run the engine and locate the leak; next check the belt for the water pump; then the thermostat - take it out and put it in a kettle of boiling water, if it doesn't open then it's faulty; finally the fan.
If all of these are ok then he only thing left is the water pump - it's faulty and must be replaced.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

  • Azrael SRL Sep 29, 2010

    The light is on because when the engine overheated this badly it has surely fried a sensor - the error code must be read (with a special reading tool) to identify what sensor failed and then replace it.



    Since the cause of the overheat appears to be gone then the cause will be either in
    - most likely the fan - a coil in the motor for the fan is fried and if the fan stops on it it will not turn
    or
    - the thermostat is failing
    Find out which and replace it. For your piece of mind you should replace them both - they don't cost very much anyway - good parts from a breaker will cost less than 50 pounds both.

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