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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-09, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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1996 FORD WINDSTAR 3.8 -PROBLEMS HAVING NOW-

VAN OVERHEATING so i change my thermostat thought i was go to go
still overheating than i notice my fans are not coming on but the a/c is on they will. So i change my coolant temperature sensor yesterday.
NOW MY TEMPERATURE GAUGE IS ALWAY COLD even when driving.

still dont know if fan will come on if i overheat again (i just turned the a/c on to get fans)Kids want to go to zoo so please help me before this van make me go crazy or the kids will

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If you didn't get the coolant flushed when your T-stat was replaced, chances are there's an air pocket in the system that's not allowing the coolant to flow properly. Either that, or there's something in the system blocking flow, either through the rad, heater core, or a smaller cooling hose. It's best to get the system flushed.

Electric cooling fans are a mixed bag. I know on my Taurus the one fan will come on to keep engine temps in check, and the other fan comes on only when the A/C is turned on for better engine cooling in traffic, or when stopped and idling.

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Check coolant level when engine is cool and add if needed. Let it run and turn heat setting on high. This will open thermostat and allow coolant to flow through entire system. I've done water pump and had no problms with air pockets.

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Check coolant level when engine is cool and add if needed. Let it run and turn heat setting on high. This will open thermostat and allow coolant to flow through entire system. I've done water pump and had no problms with air pockets.

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THANKS GUYS................gauge wasnt working cause the guy change the wrong one also didnt help that canadian tire gave me the wrong one lol got one from dealer but im still overheating so hears my questions!

1. if its not the wiring to the fan thats making the fan not come on (AC fan works)
y im i still overheating in traffic?(not on highway)

2. van stalls if i idle to long a light or stop and go traffic.

3. engine light code was for IMRC stuck open (overheating just started and stalling since i started driving this van)


This is whats been change so far on the van.....head gaskets top/bottom, new valves, t-stat, temperature sensor(fan),pcv,power steeling,caddy,spark plugs @wires ......
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Verify that the t-stat is set for stock specs. If it is, you could get a lower temp stat. However, going too low will lead to longer cabin warm up times during the winter months.

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Verify that the t-stat is set for stock specs. If it is, you could get a lower temp stat. However, going too low will lead to longer cabin warm up times during the winter months.
sorry dont really know what is stock specs........the van started to overheat one day just thought it was t-stat so i got one that was 190 and i notice after that it was still overheating so i will try to bleed it as in this post.

do u know anything about the idle problems im having?
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