Overheating 92 Taurus

Hello,
I recently bought a used Taurus, that has been so far nothing but problems. I am pretty much stuck with the car and the problems, so please do not reccomend to try to give it back.
Originally, it used to overheat, oil light would come on, and it would die while doing simple things like parallel parking. The guy who sold me said that it was the battery and gave me a new one. It did not really solve the problem. I took it to a mechanic and he found a leacky water pump. That was replaced.
While the water pump was being replaced, radiator started to act funny. It did not want circulate the coolant. The mechanic thought that something was wrong with the cap and replaced it. Next thing, the car was dead on the highway with coolant beeing spit out of the little tube under the radiator cap.
I tried to pour whatever liquid was available ( a gallon of winshild washer fluid) into the radiator, and tried to drive like that. That was a bad idea. It died again and had to get it towed 150 miles back home. I took it back to the same mechanic and he said that it was the thermostat and replaced it.
However the engine was never the same (to say the least) and it had to be replaced.
On the day I went to get my car back from the engine operation. It had developed additional problems. Now the batterey light is on. And I saw a green puddle under it. The mechanic said that it was the clamp and he tightened it. As far as the battery light, he said that he has no clue, he put it on the computer and everything seems ok.
That day I put a white paper under the car and next morning found a nice big fat green drop. I did not have the time to take it to a garage, but I continued to test. Next day there was another drop, and the day after there were many tiny ones.
Meanwhile the car drives, but the heat gage worries me a bit. It goes up all the way to the middle of the normal section.
Can anyone suggest what to do with this situation? Thanks
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#1: Get a different mechanic. Sounds very incompetent and giving you B.S. answers that he should know. #2: I'm not a mechanic but have done as much of my own work all most of my life because of lack of funds at one time and now mostly because of #1 above. #3: Sounds like the radiator and/or the heater core is plugged. You could try flushing it out with a flush/fill kit that you can buy cheap at any auto store or wal-mart. Your best bet however would be to take both radiator and core out and get them cleaned properly at a radiator place although the core is always a super-hassle to get out. #4: The leaking coolant may just be because it's filled too high (I think). May not be a big concern but should be watched to see if it gets real bad. #5: My guess on the battery light would be the alternator. First, make sure the belt isn't too loose and, if not, get the alternator checked at an auto parts store that you can trust.(Not that "mechanic"). Or so he calls himself. #6: I've been there and I feel your pain. Carry a couple gallons of water at all times and get rid of that car when you are able to. Good luck. I hope I helped
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"ankhe105" wrote: > #1: Get a different mechanic. Sounds very incompetent and > giving you B.S. > answers that he should know. > #2: I'm not a mechanic but have done as much of my own work > all most of > my life because of lack of funds at one time and now mostly > because of #1 > above. > #3: Sounds like the radiator and/or the heater core is > plugged. You > could try flushing it out with a flush/fill kit that you can > buy cheap at > any auto store or wal-mart. Your best bet however would be to > take both > radiator and core out and get them cleaned properly at a > radiator place > although the core is always a super-hassle to get out. > #4: The leaking coolant may just be because it's filled too > high (I > think). May not be a big concern but should be watched to see > if it gets > real bad. > #5: My guess on the battery light would be the alternator. > First, make > sure the belt isn't too loose and, if not, get the alternator > checked at > an auto parts store that you can trust.(Not that "mechanic"). > Or so he > calls himself. > #6: I've been there and I feel your pain. Carry a couple > gallons of > water at all times and get rid of that car when you are able > to. Good > luck. I hope I helped
Hi ankhe,
Thanks for your reply. How did you know that the battery light could be connected to the belt? But I am getting ahead of myself. Proper update is as follows:
I was finally able to take the car to a different mechanic. He said that the radiator hoses were leaking and needed to be changed. He also changed the belt. He wanted to change the alternator, because he said that there is a dial inside that is probably damaged, but I did not let him do that. Its a good thing, because the battery light got turned off by itself.
Happy that my car stopped overheating, I turned the A/C on, only to discover that after a whimper of coolness it just pumps hot air at me. The question is, should I try to put Freon by myself and hope that thats the problem, or spend $200 on a mechanic?
Thanks.
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