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Over heating second time in two days all the coolant goes to the over flow jug, goes till no coolant left in the rad? thermostat no good maybe dont know?

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In general I know of no reason per se to replace the thermostat and temp sensor because you replaced the radiator fan. If the temp gauge seems to be staying in the 1/3-2/3 of full scale, and there is no apparent engine control issues as the engine warms from cold to operating temperature then there is no obvious reason to replace those items. Other than fan motor failure is there any reason for you to believe these other parts are at fault?You can get a free fault code readout at an Autozone parts store which would highlight a temp sensor problem, but there is no fault code for the thermostat except maybe the one for engine running cold for too long a time after start up. You could also check the resistance of the temp sensor which should run around 10-14,000 ohms when cold and drop to 700-1,000 ohms when warmed up.
I don't know about the issue of replacing the thermostat because I don't know which engine you are working with. So let me know an

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I have a 02 Grand caravan that has new radiator, termostat, one new fan. the temp gauge goes up to max hot the drops right back down in seconds. what could be the problem?


it could be you have an air lock in the cooling system
remove the rad cap from the rad, start the engine and let it run until the coolant drops (add to fill it back up) or until the coolant boils out of the rad spout.

maybe pull the heat sensor. -replace it OR clean it off, reinstall it.

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Flushed the heater core changed thermostat, water pump is good, changed fuse, heater was throwing heat but was over heating,checked radiator(flushed and added new fluid) now back to no heat


no, not special but you failed to stated engine, there are many engines.
and some are very tricky here, like 2.0L.
First state the symptoms,
your post states its overheating, then no heat. (why?)
old post. but others might
Ill post , overheating ,
Example if me, with overheat.
I see my dash gauge, show overheating and engine power drops and pings, then steam vents from the rad, cap?
Over heating (ill skip cab heater but on 2L this path blocked causes thermostat to go quite nuts. not posting engine, makes this hard.)
1: full of 50% AF (antifreeze)
2: new thermoSTAT they age and fail fast. so get a new one.
put STAT in with the wax slug down, and jiggle bleed pin forward.
get air out of system after filling, (RTM)
start car, and....
4: then using and IR pyro gun we then check that
the thermostat housing hits 170F min. but not too hot.
run motor till top rad hose gets too hot to touch 180f is normal.
I had to drive 10 miles, to get it up to 180F.
my car has the hotter, 195 STA,T so runs at 195f. (helps cooling)
USING the pyro gun , the top and bottom of each rad tube.
This tool is Amazing.... and saves burn hands.
if the bottom of any RAD tube is way less than the others?, that is
a clogged UP rad tube. solution is , NEW RAD.
Usually rad repairs, are more costly than new. IN USA.
The water pump must spin at full speed, belt tight.
The impeller or some suz, motors likes disappear. from electrolysis action. so not looking at the impeller is a FAILURE on the mechanic side.
if this car has 2.0 I-4 (4 banger) it has a coolant tube on the rear
of the STAT housing, this tube must flow coolant at all times.
if it dont, the thermostat , will go nuts.
nuts means, that insufficient flow passes the thermostat wax block
causing the thermostat to cycle in a wild and random way.
I dont like this design but is reality. If applicable.
post country, post engine type and state the symptoms.

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My 2001 ford Taurus heating temp gauge is not constant on dashboard. It goes up and down. I don?t have heat. Water pump, thermostat, in and out pipe and coolant are changed. Still no heat.


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No heat /new heater core / new control /new thermo/ ?


Did you re-fill coolant with heater turned on ?(not defrost) Leave rad or coolant return bottle cap off when engine cold, and turn heater on and add coolant as needed to keep level up. Let engine get to normal operating temperature, and wait for rad fan to kick in and out, indicating thermostat has opened, and coolant is circulating. Let that fan kick in 2 or 3 times and keep adding coolant as needed, and check heat periodically to see if starting to throw heat. When your getting good heat, put cap back on, top up return bottle, and you should be good. I suspect an airlock in heater core. I don't see the year anywhere so I'm guessing you have a rad cap, and if that is the case, leave it off as described, and watch for increased flow in rad when it gets up to normal operating temperature, which tells you thermostat is opening. Watch for that flow, 2 or 3 times, and you should be getting heat by then. If that isn't cure, get back to me with more info on year, engine etc. Keep me posted on your progress.

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Vehicle needs to purge all the air form the radiator. Jeep Grand


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Feb 16, 2009 | 1999 Mercury Cougar

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