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Coolant light stays on - 1997 Ford Escort

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  • riley7719 May 31, 2008

    i know where it is but it looks like it should have something pluged into it on the bottom of it (two meatle wire connectors sticking out of the end of it. thanks for the info.

  • riley7719 May 31, 2008

    ok thats all I wanted to know. I thought their was some thing missing thanks again

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Hi,

You can try verifying that the coolant level is up to the 'Fill hot' line. If the coolant level in the reservoir tank is sufficient yet the warning light lits up, then it could probably be a defective sensor. Normally, the coolant reservoir is the white plastic tank located behind the passenger side headlight. There' would be a black cap that says 'Engine Coolant Only' in yellow print and there is a wire harness connected to it. Where the wire ends in the tank is the sensor. You can try cleaning the sensor tip (that gets submerged in coolant) see if that helps. Otherwise a replacement might be in order.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Posted on May 31, 2008

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    Louie Role May 31, 2008

    Hi again,

    The two stiff wires protruding down are the sensor's probes. They measure/senses the presence of coolant. You can try adding a little water to increase the conductivity and/or making the probes a little more sensitive by lightly scrapping them with a fine sandpaper.


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