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Old 08-23-2010, 17:22   #1 (permalink)
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95 Taurus GL engine not cooling

there's been a problem with the engine cooling fan that has been taken care of, but it's still not quite right...the engine temp guage on the dash shows the engine getting hotter than it probably should. so far, i have not let this car over-heat. the cooling fan assembly was just replaced and is working. what would make the engine run hotter than it should...that is, the temp guage is passing the mid-mark and headed for "hot". is it possible that the thermostat also needs to be replaced? if so, what temp thermostat should i put it in...it's a 3.8 liter engine. or is it possible that since it's summer and days are very hot (90s to 100s) and traffic exhaust makes it hotter, that the car will simply run hotter? today when the temp guage went past the mid-mark, i turned on the ac just to activate to engine cooling fan, and that brought the temp down. with aluminum heads, i can't risk over-heating.
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Re: 95 Taurus GL engine not cooling

What you're seeing is prbably a normal temp. We used to get people coming in at the end of the summer complaining of overheating and it was just because with the A/C on, the cooling fan was running and it wasn't the engine temp sensor that controled it. Let it run and see if the gauge goes down. They can go ¾ of the way up the gauge. Just keep an eye on it to see if it's going to turn the fan on at that point.
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will do...thanks for your input...much appreciated
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