Mechanics

RUNNING HOT WHEN IDLE

Ford Escort

I have a '98 Ford Escort with 105,000 miles. When I'm driving everything is fine but when the weather is warm. If I'm idle for too long (stuck in traffic or catch a lot of red lights) the engine starts to run hot to the point where I'm afraid I'll overheat. Once I start driving again it cools back down. Is it the water pump, thermostat, radiator, or something else?
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Chrgrfndan
June 19, 2006.



Is the fan kicking on as usual? Normal to heat up in hot weather and heavy traffic, unless the a\c is on in which case the fan should also be on.

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TaurusWheel
Jun 19, 2006.
It may be the fan because before the temperature starts to rise the air coming from the A/C gets noticiably warmer.

Tiny
Chrgrfndan
Jun 20, 2006.