Engine overheating aprox.10 mins. after starting

Asked by Annieem Apr 10, 2020 at 08:13 PM about the 2000 Ford Taurus

Question type: General

My Car overheats after driving 10 mins. Steam comes from under hood. The
heater works fine. Can't see any leaks anywhere. There is coolant in reservoir.  
I don't see a radiator !  Husband recently passed .. My daughter said that
maybe it's a fuse for a fan that cools the engine ? She as a blown replaced it
and was fine again. I Cannot afford to take my car in for repairs right now..   
Thank you ...Debbie M.

1 Answer


Hi Debbie, most likely you're low on coolant. With the engine cold, remove the cap from the plastic coolant recovery tank. Coolant should be even with the top of the inside of the tank. If not, get a gallon of premixed all makes all models antifreeze. Fill up the plastic recovery tank then start the engine. The coolant level will probably go down. Add more coolant. As the engine warms up the coolant level may go down a few more times. If it does, keep adding. Once the tank is full and doesn't go down any more you can put the cap on the recovery tank. Then check for evidence of leaking by looking on the ground under the engine. If you see something dripping you'll need to get that fixed. In the meantime keep an eye on the coolant level in the recovery tank. Hope that helps! Jim

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