Engine Cooling problem
1997 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 169680 miles
Just wondering what the problem could be when driving the car on a warmish to hot day, if I take the revs over 2000 the car heats up, yet the temp gauge does not register more than half, yet upon stopping the car, and even just driving for ten minutes, the engine is very hot and smells dry. There is plenty of coolant in the bottle when checking it, if I continue to drive it, it will get to the stage where it has no power, it will chug along for a few seconds before stalling. If I let it sit for around 10 minutes, it starts again, like new and will travel further. It is a headache especiallly cannot drive it in peak hour traffic, stop start driving, on a warm day. No one as yet has been able to define the problem, no one wants to deal with the Taurus, getting to the point where I just want to sell the damn thing as its becoming unreliable in city driving. On freeway travelling, keep the car on around 90 klm at a steady pace, it drives lovely, very fuel efficient, cruises well. City driving, it will stall to stop the engine from overheating even though temp gauge is not on hot. Smells of a dry radiator. I figure there is a blockage somewhere, but as the mechanics all tell me, it could be a 100 dollar question or a 1000 dollar question? Even Bayfords. Have had it on a machine, let it run for 6 hours straight, didnt stall once, only when going up and down gears stop and starting. Any clues? Just a little more info, when I first purchased the car it had so much power it was scary, now it doesnt have any, I put the foot down to kick back to second and hardly get a reaction, just a car thats struggling.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 AT 3:27 AM