Intermittent overheating

Asked by Feb 22, 2014 at 07:35 PM about the Ford Crown Victoria

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an 01 P71 crown vic. It runs fine for a few days at a time then decides to overheat.
I have changed water pump, hoses, and thermostat, flushed radiator. Fan runs when I
turn on the A/C.  It runs sometimes at idle, sometimes not.  Changed fan relays as well.  
I am stumped.  Would appreciate help from anyone. Thanks

3 Answers


When do you notice it getting over heated? While driving at highway speeds or mainly at an idle? Your fans should only come on when ac or defrost is on or when at an idle the engine starts to over heat. When at idle If engine is not to hot and ac or defrost is not on the fan should not be running.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Are you losing coolant? If so, could be a leaking intake manifold gasket. Especially if you don't see any leaks but the coolant level keeps dropping. If you have a pressurized coolant recovery tank, like my '08 Grand Marquis, there's a special filling procedure. If not followed you may have air trapped in the cooling system. Check to make sure all the air deflectors are in place. Especially on the underside of the car. Since this was a police car it may have been bottomed out a few times while roaring down the road in hot pursuit of some bad guys. HTH. - Jim


overheating check sencer for fan opperation water out of tail pipes sometimes conservation (normal) always replace theomastate water out of tail pipes crack head,head gasket,intake gasket,cracked block must be loosing water out of radaitor

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Crown Victoria

Looking for a Used Crown Victoria in your area?

CarGurus has 922 nationwide Crown Victoria listings starting at $1,999.


Ford Crown Victoria Experts

  • #1
    Tracy Hooks
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercury Grand Marquis
18 Great Deals out of 1,242 listings starting at $1,900
Used Dodge Charger
256 Great Deals out of 33,484 listings starting at $495
Used Ford Taurus
151 Great Deals out of 15,573 listings starting at $1,900
Used Lincoln Town Car
21 Great Deals out of 1,447 listings starting at $1,850
Used Chevrolet Impala
370 Great Deals out of 27,543 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Mustang
294 Great Deals out of 38,678 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Explorer
878 Great Deals out of 64,708 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford F-150
2,535 Great Deals out of 221,934 listings starting at $1,222
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
646 Great Deals out of 37,897 listings starting at $695
Used Chevrolet Caprice
134 listings starting at $1,350
Used Mercury Marauder
27 listings
Used Dodge Challenger
122 Great Deals out of 25,441 listings starting at $7,250
Used Chevrolet Camaro
257 Great Deals out of 30,437 listings starting at $4,200
Used Honda Accord
565 Great Deals out of 92,859 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
853 Great Deals out of 72,897 listings starting at $1,400

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.