Overheating on 2000 Lincoln LS

I replaced the thermastat and the water pump. The car overheats after about 10 min. and I dont get any heat either. There is no water in the oil and no oil in the radiator.There is no sign of leakage anywhere. The cooling fans work. What should I try next? Please dont say head gasket. Thank you this is driving me NUTS.The car is a 2000 Lincoln LS 3.9 V8

by in Hamtramck, MI on February 07, 2011
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2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , February 07, 2011
It sounds actually like you may have an air pocket in the cooling system still after your repairs! I'm crossing my fingers for you, but really...it's classic...overheat...no heat...after repairs. Carefully burp out the air and see how that goes...
COMMENT by , February 08, 2011
Iam going to give that a try in the morning. Can you tell me what the best way to fill the radiator? I noticed that the radiator is not filling from the plastic bottle. Instead of filling its just bubbling air. Thank you.
COMMENT by , February 08, 2011
The plastic bottle is where the coolant goes, nowhere else. If the coolant is at the top and bubbling, it's confirming the air pocket is present. Close the cap, allow the engine to get to temperature, and then remove the cap (protecting yourself and your hands and arms of course...we're talking hot coolant here...). After the burp happens, the coolant level will go way down...and you'lll need to add some. Repeat the cycle. As Stan's Garage said, it may not happen by itself very easily...and there are other methods repair shops use to purge the air. That is certainly an option for you as well! Good luck.
ANSWER by , February 08, 2011
Answer #1 is correct. Many times you need to use a vacuum bleeder to remove all air. If you would like us to look at it just call me and schedule an appointment (313-562-7022). I am sure we can figure it out for you. Larry