Hi i have a 98 explorer with 58,000 miles past 2 days while driving locally
temp gauge has been climbing into h area and then goes down then when you
start to accelaerate it goes back up again. If you turn heat on it takes
gauge down a bit. I had a mechanic take a quick look at it and he stated
there are issues with head gaskets on some fords. He also said that maybe it
has some things that lead him to believe head gasket gone bad. How are your
feeling on this please advise.
On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 12:20:41 GMT, "Stu Walerstein"
It is not necessarily a head gasket. A quick look is not
enough to ID the problem especially if it is headgaskets.
It may be a small problem lik a thermostat or a radiator
cap. If you run it hot you are most certainly approaching
the point where head gaskets are guaranteed to be at least
part of the problem if they are not already. You should get
it properly diagnosed ASAP while there is still a chance
that the damage is minimal and the problem is simple.
Running it hot enough only once is enough to destroy the
head gaskets or, even the engine if they are not already
The symptoms suggest the thermostat has gone bad. "(while driving locally
temp gauge has been climbing into H area and then goes down then when you
start to accelerate,)".Checking the thermostat is quite simple. That is
the first place I would look. Also check the fans to make sure they are
coming on, when they are supposed to, in stop and go traffic.
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