Mazda 929 overheating

Tiny
DOLLMEYER1019
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  • 1992 MAZDA 929
I have a 1993 mazda 929 145000 miles on it great car but it has started to overheat and I dont know what else to do.I have flushed the system, changed the radiator cap, and thermostat. Even put a electric fan in place of the fan blade and clutch. Drove it that night for 25 minutes with no problems on the freeway and side streets with a/c on max. Go out next day with a/c on and after 20 minutes on side streets it starts to get hot turn off a/c and it stayed normal until car was at a stop. What can I do to fix this problem what did I miss
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Sunday, July 30th, 2006 AT 7:08 PM

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Tiny
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Sounds like the radiator may not be as effiecient as it once was. How bad was the fluid when you flushed it? There is always the water pump, but theres not much on those to go wrong. Just and impeller and a seal.
Try this test. When it starts to over heat, select full hot on your temperature thermostat. If the car runs normal temp, then just the added cooling of those fins in the heater core are all you are lacking for handling the heat your engine is building.
It may not be a bad idea to removed the water pump and see if there are any problems. Even have a new one to compare. If it looks bad, replace it. If it looks identical to the new one, then it probably isnt the problem. If it is not the radiator, then you must have a restriction of flow somewhere in the system. Might be the head gasket orifices, or just about anything.
Make sure the ducting and air baffles around the radiator and condesor have a good seal. You want all of the air flow to be directed thru the radiator.
This fan you installed in place of the clutch. I would say there is a possiblitiy that it might not be as effiicent as the original, but by removing it, does the water pump still turn?
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Sunday, July 30th, 2006 AT 7:17 PM
Tiny
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Yes the water pump still turns and the system pressures up should I attempt to flush again
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Sunday, July 30th, 2006 AT 7:26 PM
Tiny
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If you do, get one of those flush'N fill kits from prestone and hook up the fittings that allow you to connect a water hose and back flush your radiator. Flushing it backwards helps try and free anything that might have clogged it forwards.
I have to say, very few flushes have resulted in great success, but its worth a try.
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Sunday, July 30th, 2006 AT 7:36 PM

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