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Old 11-23-2005, 19:50   #1 (permalink)
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Why has my Falcon warmed up?

I have a 1989 Forn falcon. I purchased it in Darwin 6 months ago, and have over the course of this time managed to drive down WA across SA & VIC to Sydney.

When I purchased the car the temperature was always constant (around the "A" mark in the normal section of the gauge), but over the last month or so the temperature has increased when driving in the same conditions as before (Now around the "R" mark on the normal section of the gauge).

I thought nothing of it, but when accending a rather large hill on the way to the blue mountains recently it over heated and spat a load of coollent out.

I've had it checked over, and the mechanic maintained that it was fine, and maybe there was not enough water in on the day??!! But I'm not convinced...

So does anyone have any suggestions as to why the constant temp of the car has risen, and is the same scenario likely to happen again if I take it up a hill again???

HELP!!!

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Re: Why has my Falcon warmed up?

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I have a 1989 Forn falcon. I purchased it in Darwin 6 months ago, and have over the course of this time managed to drive down WA across SA & VIC to Sydney.

When I purchased the car the temperature was always constant (around the "A" mark in the normal section of the gauge), but over the last month or so the temperature has increased when driving in the same conditions as before (Now around the "R" mark on the normal section of the gauge).

I thought nothing of it, but when accending a rather large hill on the way to the blue mountains recently it over heated and spat a load of coollent out.

I've had it checked over, and the mechanic maintained that it was fine, and maybe there was not enough water in on the day??!! But I'm not convinced...

So does anyone have any suggestions as to why the constant temp of the car has risen, and is the same scenario likely to happen again if I take it up a hill again???

HELP!!!

Joe
Did the mechanic do a pressure test on the cooling system, something as simple as the radiator cap can cause problems if its not functioning correctly.
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Old 11-24-2005, 00:14   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Why has my Falcon warmed up?

Coolant past its use-by date?
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Old 11-24-2005, 05:34   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Why has my Falcon warmed up?

Number of items to check here...

Fan Clutch Condition (maybe stuffed)
Radiator Air flow. Remove the two 15mm bolts and check it is clear between the rad and condensor
Thermostat...i replace without question at the start of December EVERYyear
Coolant...as suggested above
Coolant usage? is it using..pressure test....head gasket????
General condition of all other cooling related items

My 92 EB and Mums 91 EA run at the top of the N

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Re: Why has my Falcon warmed up?

My EF did this over a period of 12 months. I went through all the thermostat, coolant, cap issues etc but ultimately it was simply the radiator clogged.

Over time it had filled up with mud to the point where only about a third of it was letting water through.

Replaced it and guage went back to where it should have been.

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Re: Why has my Falcon warmed up?

Lincoln,
that was the one item i missed...recall thinking about it....but too many beers to remember to mention it.

On this, when you inspect the radiator/condensor gap for debris, also check the condition fo the fins.
If you believe it to be radiator...SHOP AROUND. taking it to a radiator joint may not be the most cost effective. EA/EB/ED i can buy for 160 NEW! EL shouldn't differ that much....also that price is from REPCO.

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