Re: 1995 Ford Escort LX
> I am having problems with my car overheating when idling but when in motion
> it is fine. Also when idled the car puts hot air out of the A/C but when
> going it is cold. Someone said it was the thermostat so I bought one but
> cant find it or find directions how to replace it. Can anyone help this
> aggrevated female. I don't want this to crack my block and it has been
> this way for a week and half.
Being a 1995, your car probably needs a thermostat just because it's 10 years old
but, my money is on the cooling fan. Start the car and turn the AC on. The fan should
run continuously. If not, there is a problem with the cooling fan system. Very likely
a siezed motor. Try to spin it wuth your fingers, it should turn freely (Ignition off,
of course!). I'm not sure where the cooling fan relay is on a 95 Escort, but I suspect
it's in a box called the Constant Control Relay Module (CCRM)and not a separate part.
Just a personal opinion, Don't drive the car until you fix the problem. The wide
variations in temps, especially toward overheating, can cause long term engine damage.
The cylinder head may not warp enough for the gasket to fail right now, but a few K
miles down the road ???, etc.