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2005 T Bird...Noise from under the hood that sounds like a vacuuam cleaner and the thermostat needle is running hotter than normal. No dummy lights yet and when I turn of the AC it cools down just a little.

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  • angela_stith May 27, 2011

    My husband check all the items listed and the fan noise is still loud. It starts after about 10 minutes of driving and does not stop. I did not even turn on the AC at all and still get this noise. He did add some Coolant, but the level was really only a little low. The temp only rose a little past half way, this time...but the fan sounds like it is working overtime.

  • angela_stith Jun 28, 2011

    I just wanted to let you know that all of the solutions you suggested for my car problem mentioned above were not correct.



    It actually ended up being a vapor lock. Thought I would pass that information on just in case someone else has the same problem.

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Welcome to Fixya

There are 3 possible problems:
1 Sticky thermostat
2 Inaccurate temperature sender.
3 Failing head gasket, making steam bubbles in the engine.

It would be best if you scan the engine using a scan tool. Provide me the error code that you will get for us to determine what is causing the problem.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome to the site. I do know of the noise you are hearing. You usually hear it when you are taking off? If so, check all your vacuum hoses on the engine. Make sure none are damaged or loose. Make sure you air filter is not clogged also Angela. It may need changed. As for the slight overheating, check your coolant fluid and make sure it is the correct level. I want you to check your fans. Make sure they are working. Check the fuse that is in the fuse box labeled radiator fans. When you turn the AC on, the fans automatically turn on. That is why it is cooling down when you turn it on. You might have a bad fan or a bad wire or connection to the fan. A blown fuse may be the cause also. You still want to check all your hoses though. If it begins to overheat, do not drive the car. It can cause engine damage.

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