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I have a 1998 ford escort sport the fan does not work if we plug in the coolant sensor we just replaced also the temperture gage does not work we have replaced the fan and the thermostat what sensor or what is going on I have listed all the symptoms it is not over heating if we have the fan on

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In my ford au there is a sensor awkward spot under motor when it got wet from carwash clean I had same prob $300 later fix. Also check fuses Sometimes cheap as $1 fuse some electric probs

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    In my ford au there is a sensor awkward spot under motor when it got wet from carwash clean I had same prob $300 later fix. Also check fuses Sometimes cheap as $1 fuse some electric probs

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    Chicky B Feb 04, 2018

    In my ford au there is a sensor awkward spot under motor when it got wet from carwash clean I had same prob $300 later fix. Also check fuses Sometimes cheap as $1 fuse some electric probs



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How hot does the engine get in degrees F? The radiator fan won't turn on till about 220 degrees F. You can use non-contact temp gun to check engine temp.
Any applicable trouble codes? Around here, some of the national brand auto stores will check p0 codes for free, if there are any.
You can use digital multimeter, ohms setting, Check across sensor terminals, as the engine warms up, the resistance is less. Just to see if working properly. If you want the exact specs, I'll try to find it. All I can do is help with testing. You have to do the testing.

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SOURCE: Ford Escort -1998 low temperature gage

Replace the thermostat, if that does not cure the issue you have a slight head gasket leak. I am a retired Ford dealer tech and this is what I have found causes this issue.

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SOURCE: 1999 ford escort zx2 overheats!!

sounds like your electrict fan isnt working!!!!!!1

Posted on May 15, 2009


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SOURCE: Where is the coolant block drain plug located on

None on the block, other than freeze plugs...
The only drain is on the bottom of the radiator (you knew that)...

I installed a Prestone motor flush kit and it flushes just fine, but does not "empty" the engine cavities. This is better, anyway.

You have to splice a "Tee" fitting into a convenient heater hose (highest one).

Hope this helps..

Posted on Sep 10, 2009


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SOURCE: i have a 1cooling problem with my 1998 ford escort

I would also check the fan relay in the distribution box under the hood

Posted on Oct 27, 2009


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SOURCE: Ford Escort cooling fan not working, Wiring

check the fuses there s also fuses in the engine bay,also check the wiring to the fan,the wires lead back to the main loom so if you are trying to trace the wire back its easier to take this out to check it but make a note of what connects to what.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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