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Old 08-24-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone. Looking for some help locating a independent Ford Master mechanic. I have been having issues with my 2003 Focus overheating and after several trips to my local guy it has not been fixed. If anyone knows a "Ford Guy" in South Jersey, Philadelphia, Northern Delaware area it would be a huge help. I know Ray at Mc'News is the man but it's just too far away to drop off my daily commuter for possible extended day.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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what has been done so far? when does it overheat?
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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Not a Master Mechanic, but am interested in hearing the symptoms .... ( I play a mechanic on TV...)



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Old 08-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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Well here is the list. I work in NE Philly. It's a 45 minute commute from home. About 30 minutes or so into my commute the temp gauge rises. I kill the AC. Crank the heat open the windows and drive the rest of the way to work sweating my ass off. The temp gauge returns to normal. Now my wife has been taking my car everyday more or less since the overheating has become a problem and it only overheated on her once.

Symptoms:
Overheats 25 -30 minutes into a drive in hot weather. I turn the AC off and crank the heat the temp gauge drops. Cool weather no overheating.

Occasional exhaust odor inside the cabin when the heat or A/C is on. You can also smell it when you turn the car off and get out of the car after extended drive times.

I was told by a mechanic that the head gasket is going.

P - 2195 CEL code. Comes on and off from time to time.

Cooling System was flushed.

Thermostat was changed

Radiator changed

PCV valve changed

Both Fans are running

Random things I have noticed:

When the car is running and the AC is on both fans are running. When and how often should the low fans run. When I pull over and turn the car off to let it cool down I can swear the low fans are not running. When the AC is off and I'm stuck in traffic I can swear I never hear the low fans come on. Can I do something to test for the low fans kicking on.

Possible Solutions: Find a real mechanic who knows his Foci. Let my wife drive the car everyday until the weather gets cooler out or quit my job in Philly and work in NJ.

Thanks again guys.
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My first thought was thermostat in backwards.... head gasket could be possibility, think you'd see some mixing of fluids in oil or coolant. Maybe sweet smell out tail pipe (ok, sorry, THAT didn't come out right). Low speed fan should not cause all that.... Once you're rolling you've got good air flow across radiator....
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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The thermostat was done twice. Last summer then a month ago. It was fine for almost a year. My mechanic did me a solid and put a new one in. The car only over heats in stop and go. In the heat as long as I'm running highway speeds it's fine.
My wife sat in bumper to bumper Friday after work at 5 pm for almost an hour and it did not over heat.
I will check the tail pipe next time I run her.
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Have your Mechanic check the cooling fan relay , if the relay is bad the fan wont get the signal to run. since you have a dual fan system i can tell you 1 fan is dedicated to the A/C system , the other Fan is dedicated to the Cooling system. and since your temp Gauge is working we know it isnt a Temp sensor issue , so either your fan relay isnt working or the fan motor burned out. hope this helps................one other thing i just thought of did your mechanic make sure to get all of the Air out of the system after changeing the thermostat ? if there is a air pocket in the cooling system the Car WILL overheat.

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Thanks for the advice.
He did mention that the pressure was about 2 lbs. low i the coolant system.
Please if anyone can still advise me on a good Ford mechanic please let me know
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:40 PM   #9
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Anyone still have any contact info for a good ford mechanic in south jersey philadelphia area.
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