Loss of power and smoking LTD
I just bought an 86 Ford LTD station wagon and two weeks later it started having problems. A bit of background. It leaks a little oil and the dip stick still is reading high still. It has plenty of anti-freeze in the reservoir and I just replaced the fuel filter.
The problem that I am having, it drives well when I first bought it for a week then I starting having intermittent moments when the engine loses power and doesn't sound like it is firing as well. I was positive on the fuel filter and replaced it. Then yesterday, I drove up a hill and had the engine drop power, sound like it wasn't firing well and barely made it up the hill. Then I stopped to check it out and it had started smoking lightly but enough to notice.
This brings me to possible problems. I am guessing that it is overheating but I am not sure. I don't have a warning light on the dash but I am not sure that if a temp sensor is burnt out or not. I also do not know it there even is a temp sensor light. There isn't an actual temp sensor gauge, unfortunately.
My game plan is to treat it as an overheating problem. I am going to tear the dash apart to see if any lights are out to detect overheating. Then I am going to check the thermostat, fan, and quality of the antifreeze. If that doesn't fix the problem. I want to have the radiator checked and check out the water pump for corrosion or a broken propeller.
Am I missing anything? Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.