Question about 2000 Ford Escort
Check to see if you have water coming out of the tail pipe clear water is good but if it has a sweet smell to it or seems very oily looking you could still have a bad head gasket,and also check to see if the fan is working properly as far as coming on and staying on or just shutting off after a few seconds,and look to see if there is a lot of the cooling fins on the front of the radiator has been bent over or smashed or just clogged with bugs or dirt,flushing the radiator only helps the inside so look at it very carefully,one thing you should try is remove the radiator cap when the car is cold and turn the heater on defrost only at full speed and let it run at idle until the engine is at running temp then watch to see if air bubbles are coming out of the cap hole if there is air in the system it will cause the problem you described let it run until all the air is out of the system(no more belching of air bubbles) I hope this helps good luck
Posted on Sep 10, 2010
Ok so you changed the thermostat did you flush the radiator? Be sure to flush sometimes you can place your hand on the fins of the radiator and check for cold spots be careful not to check it when it too hot
Posted on Sep 02, 2010
Try the water pump
Posted on Aug 07, 2010
White oil means water or coolant is leaking in via Head Gasket Failure or a crack in the head. Along with repair - be sure to have each cylinder compression tested to see if there is a crack that has developed. Thanks for using FixYa - a FixYa rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.
Posted on Jun 09, 2009
I am assuming you have the Northstar engine.
Check for coolant flow at the Purge line,this is a common problem on the Northstar.
There is a small diameter hose coming from near the top of the coolant tank,this is the purge line.
With the engine idling,pull the purge line from the tank,if there is no coolant flow from this small hose,it is blocked and this will cause overheating.If the hose is clear, check for blockage at the nipple on the tank.
Are you running it without a thermostat? If so,then strangely enough,this will cause overheating as the Northstar cooling system is different to most conventional systems and therefore will not help you diagnose the problem.
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
You could have several issues here. A blockage in the radiator, bad coolant temp sensor, (not turning the cooling fan on) a bad cooling fan motor. sounds as if maybe one of these may be your primary issue, and the cause of the overheating that originally caused your head gasket problem. Hope this helps
Posted on Aug 22, 2009
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