Okay, so today I get in the Escort and start driving. Everything seems normal and I was sitting in traffic and the temp gauge gradually started getting higher without backing down. I panicked when I noticed it, and pulled over in a parking lot and shut off the car. I ran some water over the radiator to cool it down, started the car and drove off. Some more traffic later, getting up there again. So I pull over and notice the fan is not running at all. But here is the kicker...the engine fan was running when I restarted it after letting it cool the first time. So I started experimenting to try to get a better understanding what the fan was doing. I checked the connections then turned on the car...fan worked, spun right up after the car started. The fan ran about a minute, then shut off, so I figured it cooled the car down and shut off. I get back in the car and WRONG!!! The temp gauge is a quarter of the way to H. I shut the car back off, scratch my head, check the connectors again, and start the car. Huzzah, fan starts up with car. But a minute later, shuts off, car is still piping hot. Now I am mad. The fan will not run for more than a minute regardless of the temperature. I have some thoughts about it, so let me know if I am on the right track. The car has been sitting for about a week, but it has been almost 2 months since I drove it personally. My fiance says she's never had problems with the temp gauge reading abnormally high. I am thinking that the radiator may be just a little low to kick the sensor on to turn the fan on, but then again, I have no idea where the temp sensor is. My last car had a temp sensor on the radiator and the head, one to control the fans and the other to report to the temp gauge. What else could be the issue? I am sitting here waiting for it to cool down enough to open the radiator, but I have never had issues with coolant leaks, etc before on this car. It just started today...go figure the hottest day we've had this year, 103*. Any help as fast as you can is appreciated.