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Old 12-14-2005, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
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1995 Contour GL (4-banger) heater troubles & overheating.

No heat (sometimes a *little* warm). Prestone smell in the car when heater
is on. Car has a tendancy to overheat (slow & intermittent rad fan).

It gobbles up about 1 gallon of coolant per week (seems to be vaporising
through the heater core, since I'm not seeing any leaks anywhere)

My guess is a leaking heater core & a defective thermostat.

*nothing* seems to have been serviced over the car's life, it has nearly
175,000KM on it.

had the O2 sensor, timing belt, water pump, Air bypass valve and timing belt
idler changed over the last month.

I'm gonna trash it after the winter, but here in Canada I need some kind of
heat in the car.

Thermostat is pretty cheap, but the only place I can get the heater core
seems to be at Ford's (expensive).

Any ideas?

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Old 12-15-2005, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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UPDATE: 1995 Contour GL (4-banger) heater troubles & overheating.

Car overheated tonight on the highway (at -20C). It's at Ford's for now.

Steam was coming out of the Radiator too, so guess I'll be giving the poor
thing it's final rites and let it go.


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"El Bandito" <abuseur@videotron.ca> wrote in message
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> No heat (sometimes a *little* warm). Prestone smell in the car when heater
> is on. Car has a tendancy to overheat (slow & intermittent rad fan).
>
> It gobbles up about 1 gallon of coolant per week (seems to be vaporising
> through the heater core, since I'm not seeing any leaks anywhere)
>
> My guess is a leaking heater core & a defective thermostat.
>
> *nothing* seems to have been serviced over the car's life, it has nearly
> 175,000KM on it.
>
> had the O2 sensor, timing belt, water pump, Air bypass valve and timing
> belt idler changed over the last month.
>
> I'm gonna trash it after the winter, but here in Canada I need some kind
> of heat in the car.
>
> Thermostat is pretty cheap, but the only place I can get the heater core
> seems to be at Ford's (expensive).
>
> Any ideas?
>
> --
>
> (\_ _/)
> (='.'=) This is Bunny. Copy and paste bunny into your
> (")_(") signature to help him gain world domination.
>



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