How's the head gasket look? Any moisture coming from there?
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Change the cap... The radiator is supposed to be completely FULL of
coolant... the overflow bottle handles expansion. And it's normal for the
rad to get to 14 - 16 lbs... it has to to avoid boiling of the coolant in the
Disconnect fan harness... see if it runs when connected directly to battery.
- then find the fan switch. Not familiar with that year, the ECM may
control it or it may have a switch of its own... The gauge sender is one wire
near the thermostat. The ECT sensor is two wires.. see if engine starts
easily when that is disconnected. If it does not, that's the ECT. Look for
a third, which may be in a heater line.
I'd recommend replacing the radiator. You can find a decent one at a
junkyard. I've seen a lot of Ford Escort, Mercury Lynx, Mercury Tracer, Ford
Tempo and Mercury Topaz parts at a junkyard in my area. So, bascially the
radiator from a late 80's Ford Escort, Ford Tempo, Mercury Lynx and Mercury
Topaz are about the same.
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