Engine Cooling problem
1997 Ford Taurus 3.0L 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 66000 miles
The car ran on upper end of the heat gauge while on the highway in the morning but did not overheat until it was driven through stop and go traffic in the afternoon during the heat of the day. Was checked out at a local garage where they removed the thermostat, still heated up and sent alot of coolant back to the coolant tank. Removed the water pump to check if the fins had separated from the shaft, it was OK. They assumed it was a blown head gasket. Could it be possible the radiator is restricted and overheating the engine? Car has no water pump at the moment and I towed it home. Is there a way to test the flow with the radiator still in the car? Very difficult to remove the radiator as you would know. Anything else you can suggest to check before assuming a head gasket is blown?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 AT 8:00 AM