Getting hot

Tiny
SCROBBINS
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  • 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 280,000 MILES
I have 1996 cherokee that constantly gets hot. I have replaced the radiator, water pump, thermostat, electric fan, an hoses. It still gets hot. It has 280,000 plus miles on it and still runs great. Any suggestions?
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 AT 11:54 PM

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Tiny
PROTECH1980
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May have a bad head/head gasket, check for combustion gases in coolant.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 12:29 AM
Tiny
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How do I check for combustion gases in th coolant? Would there be oil in the coolant?
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 12:51 AM
Tiny
PROTECH1980
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Take it to a shop and have it chemically tested.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 12:55 AM
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CJ MEDEVAC
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THIS WAS COPIED FROM THE BOTTOM OF ANOTHER POST (ANSWER I GAVE TO A FORD TAURUS, MAY HELP YOU TOO!). Just been making my rounds, showing my face a different locations, as to stay in good with people I depend on. Last stop was the transmission/ minor repairs shop. Chet just had just finished a 2000 Cherokee. Problem was similar to yours--hard to diagnose. The fans would be on, to cool the radiator, whenever he was-a-diagnosing. He spent a lot of time messing with this one. He finally caught them not working, out of sheer luck. He had been concentrating on Fluid Loss, as Owner said it's Symptom was. Turns out fluid loss was not a head gasket problem, but it was boiling out. Boiling out, when the cooling fans were not operating. He said they came on every time he drove the vehicle. He could not make it Fluctuate in temp as described by the owner. BOTTOM LINE!The COOLING FAN RELAY WOULD NOT "MAKE" AFTER EXTENDED DRIVING. He showed me the relay, opened up, the little points or contacts were sorta burned, and were intermittently working. He said the 2nd hardest thinng was locating the CHEROKEE's RELAY. It was seen by removing the battery tray, and "Got To" by removing the passenger headlight. He cut a square hole in the plastic shield to get to it EZer and faster.I hope your Taurus is EZer to find/ access than his. Regardless here's a cooling fan diagram that might help you now. Or even later! ----Your Turn--Return with Good news only!--The Medic
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 AT 6:45 PM

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