overheating on 2001 Ford Taurus

my car has been getting hot. not while I'm driving in town or on the road. but when I'm setting still for a while. It has coolant and my fans seem to be working. What else might it be???

by in Plainview, TX on October 02, 2009
1 answer
ANSWER by on October 02, 2009
Do BOTH of your fans work at all speeds? ( slow, medium and fast ) First make sure that your car is getting hot by verifying that the temp is getting too hot with a scan tool on a data scanner. The fans should come on at about 210 F. If so, then I would first check the thermostat. It may be stuck. Then I would check the radiator with a light thermometer. See if the coolant is flowing from about 190 at the top to about 160 at the bottom and that the temp is evenly distributed through out the radiator.
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