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My 2001 ford focus is overheating it doesnt seem to be losing water and if i turn the heater on the temperature goes back down

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You might want to see if the cooling fan is working at the radiator.if its not then the fan motor may be no putting the blower motor on you are giving the system air flow to pull heat out of the cooling system by it blowing air over the heater can remove the plug on the fan motor and connect jumper wires directly from power and ground to the connectors on the fan motor,if the fan doesn`t work then the cooling fan motor will have to be also could have a thermostat that is not opening all the way causing a rise in engine temperature.

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Brat70586, This could be the result of a few problems. You could have a thermostat that is stuck in the closed position or your cooling system could need flushing to restore proper flowing of the coolant. You mentioned that the temp goes down when you turn the heater on but you didn't say how much. I'm sure it is not enough to bring the engine back to proper operating temp. A quick test. Touch the radiator cap when the engine is overheating. If it is very hot then do not, and I emphasize Do Not remove the cap. This means that it is probably the thermostat and it will need to be replaced when the engine has cooled down. Also, see if there is a temp difference in the upper and lower radiator hoses. If these hose and the cap is cool to the touch then you can remove the radiator cap and look to see if the coolant is flowing. When you remove the rad cap, put a rag on top of it to keep from getting burned should it overflow from excess pressure. Do this slowly. If the coolant appears to be flowing slowly or not at all then you may need a coolant flush. Good luck with this.

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