1998 Ford Contour Engine overheating

Tiny
BMAN3199
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  • 1998 FORD CONTOUR
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 135,000 MILES
The other day I noticed my temp gauge was nearing the red zone. I shut the car off immediately to let it cool down, but the next time I started it, the same thing happened. I let the car warm up for about ten minutes, and although the temp gauge got high enough to be near the red (it would of kept going had I not shut it off), when I tried turning on the heat, I didn't get any hot air, the air was still cool coming out of the vents. So, I spoke to some people that suggested it might be the thermostat. I replaced the thermostat, but I still have the overheating problem. Any ideas on what it could be?
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 8:20 AM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Fluid level low, cooling fans not operating, blown head gasket, or leaks in radiator or hoses, do a pressure test on the cooling system.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 8:31 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for your advice merlin2021, I appreciate it.

The Fluid levels are good, the cooling fan kicks on, the head gasket is not blown, and none of the hoses are leaking. I don't think it is a pressure problem because I am not seeing leaks of any kind which I would think would be the case if the system has coolant. Could it be a water pump?
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 11:02 AM
Tiny
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Yes, water pump impellers have worn/dissolved over time, worth a look.
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Saturday, March 7th, 2009 AT 6:35 AM
Tiny
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I had that same problem. Last summer, actually. My Dad pretty much had to tear everything out of the car just to get to the water pump, okay, not everything! It just seemed like that at the time. The problem isn't the water pump, I don't have my car repair manual with me, so, forgive me if this dosen't make sense. There is a piece connected to the water pump, that lets the water or coolant through, whichever is supposed to be let through. But, that is the problem. For some reason, the whole thing has to be replaced, because it won't let the fluid through to cool off the engine. After this, you will find that your Low Coolant light will stay and won't go off. Don't be bothered by it, though. It's nothing, your coolant levels will be fine.
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Monday, March 30th, 2009 AT 8:21 PM

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