1996 Ford Contour overheating

Tiny
JGRINDLE
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  • 1996 FORD CONTOUR
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 146,000 MILES
My contour started overheating, first I replaced the thermostat, then the water pimp, radiator cap, and water pump houseing, and last the radiator. I am stuck as to why I am still over heating.
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Monday, February 25th, 2008 AT 9:10 PM

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Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Try bleeding the cooling system that don't work have it block or pressure tested.

Always bleed air from cooling system after replacing coolant. Set heater for maximum heat. Remove radiator cap. Loosen drain plug and remove drain bolt (if equipped) from engine block. Drain coolant reservoir. Fill coolant reservoir to MAX mark with 50/50 water-coolant mixture. Loosen bleed bolt and fill radiator up to base of filler neck. Close bleed bolt when coolant flows out without bubbles. Tighten bleed bolt. With radiator cap removed, start and operate engine to normal operating temperature. Add coolant if necessary and check for leaks.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 AT 4:44 AM
Tiny
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There is no bleed bold on a Ford Contour, also there is no "radiator cap" on a contour as the cooling system cap is located on the cooling system expansion tank.

Ford recommends you put the contour on a 45 degree angle while filling the cooling system. Fill the expansion tank slowly as the car is running and allow air to escape with the cap off and the heater on high.

If your car persists with the same symptoms take it to a shop and have them remove the air with a cooling system vacuum.
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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 AT 5:21 PM

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