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I have a ford festiva 1995 model, and have just had the transmission changed and new hoses put on as it was overheating. It's two weeks later and it is making a pinging noise and beginning to overheat again. What could it be and how much approx would it be to fix it?

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  • k8tieja Jul 17, 2008

    Okay I've left it at the mechanics cause I didn't want to drive it because of the pinging sound and it was overheating. But Im on a very tight budget as Ive just had to replace its transmission and all the hoses as there was a hole in one and it overheated. So I guess I was after an approximate estimation as to what the problem could now be and how much it would cost? I don't even know what coolant is Im sorry, a silly dumb blonde as far as cars go.

  • k8tieja Jul 17, 2008

    Okay I've left it at the mechanics cause I didn't want to drive it because of the pinging sound and it was overheating. But Im on a very tight budget as Ive just had to replace its transmission and all the hoses as there was a hole in one and it overheated. So I guess I was after an approximate estimation as to what the problem could now be and how much it would cost? I don't even know what coolant is Im sorry, a silly dumb blonde as far as cars go.

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Hi k8
im dave
first of all check your coolant level first in the jug and then in the rad while its cold of course
post me back

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  • dave barry Jul 17, 2008

    hi k8

    dave again

    the coolant is the fluid that runs from the radiator on the front to the valve train area of the car and keeps the the area cooled down to around 100 degrees. it circulates back to the rad where it is cooled by the fan and outside air. overheating generally relates to low coolant level. the pinging may or may not be related to the overheat problem. too bad you gave up because i would have guided you through these steps so you knew what was wrong before going to the mechanic. problem i find with going to the mechanic without knowing something about the problem first is that you'll likely have a new thermostat tomorrow and a perfectly good one in the mechanics dumpster at a cost of around $150 yet the part is about $12-$15 and unlikely the cause. if you return to the mechanic with the same problem youll likely have a new $20 rad cap installed for about $50 and if you return again you could end up with a new rad or water pump for around $300-$500 each. Mechanics like to change parts without conducting actual troubleshooting to see if the part is at fault. If the car doesn't come back they figure they have troubleshot the problem but if it does come back they start troubleshooting again(ie change the next least expensive part and so on). I dont believe in replacing parts to see if they are faulty i believe in finding the trouble part and then changing it. If the mechanic calls you back and says he is going to change the thermostat ask him how he knows that the existing one is toast

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