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Old 05-08-2006, 09:48 AM
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Overheating Problem

This isn't my car, it's a friends and I know it's not a hotrod by any means, but I am hoping someone can help. Recently her 2000 ford focus has been overheating in traffic. Long trips it is fine and just quick 10min drives it is fine. But once she runs into a little traffic it begins to overheat and she says it smells like something is burning. I have heard focuses have problems with sensors, but I dont really know much about them. Any help is appreciated.

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- I would check the thermostat, it might be stuck and not opening. It is a $7 dollar part.
- When the engine is cool, check the radiator fluid and make sure it is full.
- Any leaks? Does the car have the sweet smell of coolant?
- Does the electric fan turn on?
- How many miles on the original water pump?

If the car is overheating, don't let your friend drive it until you find the problem. She can easily mess up the engine.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:08 PM
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How do i test for a faulty water pump?
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With the belt off, spin it by hand. If it feels crunchy, binds or wobbles, get a new one. If it feels funny at all, I would get a new one, anything other than a normal spin, It may take a little effort, but if you have to really get on it, it's probably bad.

Look at the easy stuff first, connestions for the electric fan(s), coolant color and amount and any wires that could be laying over something potentially hot. You may find a connection that is loose or not connected (previous service could be a clue as to where it could be). If I had to guess, electric fans.

Have fun with the sucof (focus backwards)
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