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My 2004 tbird is getting hot (3/4 on the gauge or higher) within 5 minutes of running. I replaced the thermostat and resevore last week. What else could it be?

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  • sfew Nov 06, 2010

    Thank you for your suggestions.
    1. If the water pump is bad would there be a noise or rust in the fluids when it was drained last week??
    2. How would I know if there was air in the system. It was refilled last Friday?
    3. If there is a problem with the gauge and the car is not actually overheating how would I know this?
    4. I read that if the coolant sensor was bad the the check engine light would come on, there may be bad gas mileage and there may be black smoke. There are none of these signs.

    There is a pinging noise when I accelerate after the car's temp is about half way. Only from a complete stop and it goes away once it hits high gear. Could this be related. The noise has been going on for months but has recently gotten louder. We thought that the Mass airflow sensor may need replaced, which we did, and the noise is still there.

    Please Help - Thank you!

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Could have defective water pump, there could be air trapped in the system preventing coolant to flow. You also need to verify that there actually is an overheating condition, you could have a bad temperature sensor or gauge.

Posted on Nov 05, 2010

  • Freddy Nov 08, 2010

    At this point I would recommend that a qualified mechanic look at this car. A scan of the operational parameters such as operating temperature, ignition timing and emission levels may reveal the source of your problem. Your statement about the pinging is an indication that the engine timing is off.

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