Engine Cooling problem
2000 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 159000 miles
The car has been running fine for the two+ years I have owned it. A couple of days ago while driving in stop and go traffic (0-35mph) it overheated. I was able to get it off the highway and shutdown as soon as I saw the smoke/steem. Popped the hood and found the coolant to be very low in the res. I let the engine cool down as I walked to the nearest gas station and purchased new 50/50 coolant to top it off to try to get her home. After I topped her off, I let her idle for about 10 min. To see if she would over heat again. While idling I noticed the cooling fans (2 on radiator) were not coming on at all so, I turned on the defrost thinking that would make them come on. Instead the A/C pump started squeling and looked like coolant was spraying out of it, after running the defrost for about 1 min. So, I immeadiately turned the defrost off and continued to just let it idle (10 more min.) It stayed within opperating range so I drove it home with no overheating issues. When I got home it had leaked out some more coolant after it was sitting and the cooling fans did not come on at all. The next day I tried to run it with the defrost on again and got the same result as before. So far I have checked is the thrmostat and it seems to be fine but considering the low cost I am going to replace it any way. I have also checked the cooling fan fuses and they are fine. I am hoping this will be an easy fix, from what I have read on this site about over heating I don't really know what I should do next? I know it sounds like the A/C pump is done for but, will you help me if that is not the only problem? As I mentioned, the cooling fans are not coming on at all? Please help
have the same problem?
Friday, August 27th, 2010 AT 9:53 AM