Trouble shoot a cooling problem

Asked by Aug 28, 2014 at 04:44 PM about the 1996 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have flushed radiator, refilled it and let car warm up and all pulleys turn,
electric fan kicks on but still gets hotter on temp gauge. I can feel the upper
rad hose get hot but appears to have no water flow. Is this   a bad water
pump?

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Check thermostat first,then check the water pump.

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Thermostat stuck, replace. If that is not it have you opened oil filler cap to see if it is whitish? bad head gasket. Open radiator filler (COLD ENGINE) and see if you detect water flow. Feel radiator from top to bottom. Is temp the same... is there any flow.. water pump is most likely then

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