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Old 09-30-2003, 04:04   #1 (permalink)
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EA Overheating

I have an EA which is having a heap of heating/gauge trouble. It has been showing hot on the gauge, but when the car is switched back to accessories, it is only in the normal range. I have changed the sender and checked the thermostat but it has not fixed it. Today I towed a trailor and it overheated properly. I am planning to take it to NATRAD to get the radiator blown out. Has anyone experienced something similar and what did you do.

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Old 09-30-2003, 06:37   #2 (permalink)
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Re: EA Overheating

mine was a short in the wire and if it is an auto make sure that it doesn't have an leaks and is full or oil as this increases the temp really fast and when you turn the car off the oil is no long pumped through and the temp drops..

this was my problem.. but let us know how you go
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It is a manual, and I have it booked in to get the radiator cleaned and a full check tomorrow. I will post a note once I know what is going on.
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The gauges are pretty prone to playing up, if you pull the dash out there is screws that make the contacts to the gauges, spray some CRC contact cleaner or even wd40 on them and wiggle the screws around and the connectors, this should be enough to fix any dash problems, as with overheating a good radiator flush, and a leak test to see if you have a blown head gasket would be a good idea, when they blow head gaskets they start to run hot.
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Re: EA Overheating

Could it be the thermostat itself?
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They block up good over time by depositing shit in the bottom. Most people don't notice the problem till the radiator is about 1/3 blocked. A flush out should fix it, but they should take one of the end tanks off to do it properly.
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The thermostats do have a tendency to play up in them, i have found generally what happens is when you first start the car from cold, you take it for a drive you will slowly watch the temperature gauge go up, and it will just keep on going up until nearly off the gauge, then it will open and drop right down to below normal, and after that they operate ok for that drive until next time you start the car cold, if you have overheated your car then you should replace the thermostate as it damages them and won't function properly afterwards.

I have purchased new thermostat's and had problems with them, for some reason ford changed them, and then changed them again, you need to make sure you get one with the check ball on it, as this helps bleed pressure around the thermostat vital for it to operate correctly.
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