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The engine keeps overheating, yet there is plenty of coolant in the resevior and the auxillary fan comes on as it should.

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Stuck thermostat

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Bubbling in coolant resevior


Keep in mind what I am going to say is via long distance. I would need to check it myself to make any solid judgements.
The leak-down test would show a leaking head gasket IF the gasket is leaking all the time. But it is possible the gasket is only leaking when the engine is hot. A leaking head gasket is the most common way you get extra pressure (bubbles) in the cooling system. The head gasket can leak when the engine is hot and you would not always see oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil as you would if it leaked with the engine cold.
Another problem could be the radiator cap. It may not be able to hold 15 or 17 psi of pressure when the engine is hot. If the coolant is not under pressure it can boil (bubbles) before it reaches 250 degrees.
Another factor is the radiator and fan. If the fan is not running when the engine reaches 220 degrees, or the radiator is not able to dissipate the heat from the coolant, the engine can run ok until it gets to 220 degrees then keep getting hotter.
If the water pump were failing, it should start overheating right after you start driving the car.

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Sounds like you have a problem with the cooling system. First thing you need to check first if the auxillary fans are working from the time you are the engine is overheating. If the auxillary fans is not working then the problem would be the aux fan itself or relays. if Fan is working then you might have a poblem with the water pump.

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2007 Pacifica overheated. Outside Temp only 80. Doesnt appear that front fans are working and coolant level in resevior get higher.


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you need maybe 1+1/2 gallon of distilled water;NOT TAP WATER and 1 gallon of Mazda Coolant; NOT 50/50 mix..

((WHEN THE ENGINE/COOLANT IS COOL>>VERY IMPORTANT!!!))

1.from the radiator, remove the drain plug, let it drain. for faster drain, also remove the resevoir cap.

2.when empty, put drain plug back on refill the resevior with the distilled water until full.

3.with the resevior cap off start engine with heat settings on Hi, until the coolant temp guage begin to rise or when thermostat opens. turn off engine.

4. repeat steps 1-3 until only clear water drains.

5.make sure drain plug is in, refill resevior with Mazda coolant til about half way (in case there's any expansion), do not put cap on yet, let the air bleed. start engine, let it run for 5 min.

6. accelerate in park/neutral to 2500RPM's (DO NOT drive yet) to help bleed the air keep an eye on coolant level because you will have to top it off.

7.check level as temp reaches normal; half point as usual. put resevior cap on drive around the block and check level again. make sure coolant is on the proper level; "F" or "MAX"...of course when the engine cools it will be below, but while the temp is normal it should be on the proper level.

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