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post #1 of 1 Old 07-20-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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1996 Mustang 3.8 running hot

This is my first post here. I am a F-Body man normally. I just read through 10 pages of search results and couldn't find anything.

I am working on my friends 96 Mustang with a 3.8

He said that the engine has starting running warmer lately. He said the temp gauge would stay in the middle but now runs farther over.

There is nothing blocking the radiator/condenser. I checked the water pump to make sure the impellers are intact which they are.

I replaced the thermostat. I am thinking about having the radiator flushed out. It looks super clean inside though. I guess it could be partially blocked off somewhere inside.

I hooked it up to a scanner and the engine temp gets to 208. The fan kicks on and the temp goes down to 203 then the fan shuts off.

Shouldn't the temps drop more than that before the fan turns off? The gauge on the dash does go down when the fans kick on.

I have been working on cars for a long time now but I am more familiar with GM's. Does this car have a fan switch or does it use the ECT sensor to turn the fans on/off?

Thank you for any help.

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