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Ok, here´s the deal: The cooling fan in my 98 Escort quit working, resulting in a blown head gasket. I replaced the head gasket, the entire fan shround/fan/motor assembly, the temp switch, and the temp sensor. Not, the car is running, and the temp gauge reads normally, i.e. straight up, while the car is sitting still. However, when the car is running "at speed" (30-65 mph), the temp gauge goes up halfway between normal and hot, then goes back down when the car comes to a halt. I replaced the thermostat as well, and it is still doing it. Help!!!
 

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Sort-of..I had to replace the radiator as well, as the plastic lip where the upper radiator hose connects to the radiator was broken off. I replaced it with the radiator out of my 91 escort, which is the same.
 

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Whenever your refill a coolant system you have to make sure it "burps". You may not have enough in there. Or try spending the 30 bucks and getting a thermostat from Ford. They are slightly superior.

If all else fails and you can´t figure it out....go buy Redline Water Wetter. The stuff will drop your coolant temps by 10 degrees gauranteed. 10 degrees doesn´t seem like much but it does make the difference between coolant boiling and not boiling.

If this helps you too...check this out: Even with my car being turbo´d and using a water cooled turbo, I still dont break the halfway mark. In fact when I had my stock gauges I sat on the ´O´ of normal all the time.
 

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I also discovered last night that I have no heat! AAGGGHHHH!!!!!! And to top it all off, I am going to have to drive to Tennessee on Friday. I think that the heater core is no longer in operation. I know that that would cause the no heat, but would it also cause the car to run hot? And the damn thing wants to stall whenever I come to a stop now.
 

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If the heater core is preventing coolant to flow through the system it means the coolant really isn´t doing anything.

If its the heatercore (good guess that it is for sure), you dont want to start driving across the country. Just for me to get towed from Phoenix to Prescott was like 300 bucks.

I never saw coolant leaking the entire time either. But ECU was flooded really bad.
 

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Well, I was poking around under the hood, checking the other fluid levels (you never know...), when I discovered that the left side of the radiator was cool, and the right side was hot. Hmmnn...I´m thinking blocked radiator. Gonna run some flush through it tomorrow, and if that don´t work, time to replace the radiator again! Fortuantly, the junkyard has one for $65.
 
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