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Overheating 97 Lincon Town car

97 Lincoln Town Car Executive Edition keeps overheating after replacing radiator, water pump & thermostat. Water in tank is cool but top and bottom hoses are hot.

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    Robert Wood Jul 22, 2016

    I would have the engine coolant temp sensor circuit and cooling fan/s circuit checked next as this could easily cause heating issues.



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Connie, Were the radiator,water pump and thermostat replaced to try and fix the over heat issue or as maintenance. Engine overheating can be caused by a lot of things, Leak in cooling system, air in system, bad rad. cap, slipping belt, faulty thermostat or installed upside down, faulty water pump, plugged radiator (inside/outside), collapsing rad hose, faulty cooling fan, leaking head gasket, sludge plugging engine water passages, poorly tuned engine, etc..
Take into a good shop for diagnoses and estimate for repair. Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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Posted on Jul 21, 2016

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    Connie Jul 21, 2016

    Yes it was replaced to fix the over heating issue. A friend used his scanner, it produced some codes, he tried to fix it but still running hot. Thank you for the information and will be taking it to a shop.

  • L Pfaff
    L Pfaff Jul 22, 2016

    Connie, sorry to here the issue remained after first attempt, I am sure the shop can solve your overheating issue after diagnosing and do get a written estimate so there will be no surprises.



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