Mechanics

OVERHEATING

Ford Escort

1999 - Ford Escort - 4 Door - Overheating

My son is driving the car, it only has 70K. While driving the oil light came on then the coolant light. Had him pull into an oil change place whcih was right there on the corner and have them check and chnage the oil. He left there and the oil light was flickering, then sudenly the battery light and the oil light came ol and the car died. He got it restarted and pulle dinto a gas station. Said the car made a sound like going over a rumble strip on the sode of the highway just before it died. Okay so my advice to him was to let it sit and he only had 3 miles to get home with the vehicle. This was at 5: 00pm. I had him check underneath the car for any fluid pooling and also on the engine itself. He saw nothing. Just felt that the engine was very hot. He did not say whether he heard the fan or not. Came back at 11: 00pm and the plan was to start it and get it to the house while the engine was still cold. Started fine no light, almost home the temperature started to shoot up, no lights then. Thoughts.
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Dieter Jaehn
June 13, 2007.



Sounds like the serpentine belt may not be on. The will cause the water pump to not turn (overheat) and the alternater to not charge (wear down battery and not run accessories). Don't drive it like this or he will get stuck and or blow the head gasket. Or worse.