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Old 11-10-2008, 00:56   #1 (permalink)
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Overheating/Heater Problems

I just bought a 95 escort lx approximately three weeks ago. I have had a few problems with it just trying to figure out how to fix them. The first problem is my cooling fan, it turns on when the temp gauge just about gets to red unless I turn the A/C on, this is going to be a problem now that winter is coming. The second problem is my heater dosn't work very well, First of all it does not blow much air unless I have it on max ac, and the air is luke warm at best. Also im having probolem with the heater controls, when I move the selector if i want vent, or floor etc. it dosnt want to switch unless I move the switch all the way to one side or the other. I replaced the control box but it still has the same problem? Any help will be much appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2008, 20:05   #2 (permalink)
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I just bought a 95 escort lx approximately three weeks ago. I have had a few problems with it just trying to figure out how to fix them. The first problem is my cooling fan, it turns on when the temp gauge just about gets to red unless I turn the A/C on, this is going to be a problem now that winter is coming. The second problem is my heater dosn't work very well, First of all it does not blow much air unless I have it on max ac, and the air is luke warm at best. Also im having probolem with the heater controls, when I move the selector if i want vent, or floor etc. it dosnt want to switch unless I move the switch all the way to one side or the other. I replaced the control box but it still has the same problem? Any help will be much appreciated.


Hello and good day, sorry for the delay:

Please do not take this the wrong way...but is this your first Escort???

First I would suggest you replace your Thermostat...2nd your Cooling Fan is designed to come on at a pre-set temp level...3rd this is the most Baffling of all why would you have the A/C Switch on to control the Heat???...

When you say the Control Box.....what control box???

I am sorry and forgive me .... but this just does not make sense,,,,and is very baffling... 6
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Apparently he's running it in A/C mode so the cooling fan will stay on & keep the engine temp down. Do like 6 says and replace the thermostat. If that doesn't help then you might want to check for any restrictions in front of the radiator/condenser. If that's clear then you could have a water pump impeller or a clogged radiator issue.
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Yes this is the first escort ive owned, i got it because i couldn't afford 500 dollars a month gas in my truck anymore.

And the cooling fan doesn't come on until the temp gauge almost goes to red.
The control box i was talking about is the heater controls where you select the temperature and select which vent you want the air to come out of.
And about the vents the air comes out of i figured out it was the cable linkage but i don't know how to adjust it properly my chilton manual says that there is a cable key? that i need to use to adjust it properly. If its any help at all i will be able to get a picture of where the cable connects to in the next few days.

Jwko was right how I keep the ac on to keep the temp down, but the car recently had the waterpump and radiator replaced so i was thinking it could be some kind of relay or sensor? But i will replace the thermostat this weekend.
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Yes this is the first escort ive owned, i got it because i couldn't afford 500 dollars a month gas in my truck anymore.

And the cooling fan doesn't come on until the temp gauge almost goes to red.
The control box i was talking about is the heater controls where you select the temperature and select which vent you want the air to come out of.
And about the vents the air comes out of i figured out it was the cable linkage but i don't know how to adjust it properly my chilton manual says that there is a cable key? that i need to use to adjust it properly. If its any help at all i will be able to get a picture of where the cable connects to in the next few days.

Jwko was right how I keep the ac on to keep the temp down, but the car recently had the waterpump and radiator replaced so i was thinking it could be some kind of relay or sensor? But i will replace the thermostat this weekend.


Ok Please change out the Thermostat first....and lets us know how this works..
As far as the Control Box....I have never Heard of a Cable Key to Adjust the Cam alignment.

The following comes from one of my Haynes Manuals:


12-Heater control cables (1991 to 1996) check and adjustment
Check
1. Move the control lever all the way from the left to right.
2. If the control lever stops before the end and bounces back, the cables are out of adjustment.

Adjustment
3. If you haven't already done so remove the glove compartment
4. Move the Recirc/Fresh Air lever to the Fresh Position ( all the to the right )
5. Align the cam with its alignment hole in the heater case
6. Detach the cable from its retaining clip, then reattach it.
7. place the temperature lever in the Cold position, then adjust the temperature cable as described in steps 5 and 6
8. Place the mode select lever in the Defrost position, then adjust the temperature cable as described in steps 5 and 6.

I hope this helps....lol if not just give me a Kick in the Rear....lol
Good luck.....
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Thanks for the help one the adjustment, that was a great description compared to my manual so that is working properly now. I will replace the thermostat tomorrow now that i have a day off thanks for the help once again.
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