Why is my car overheating

Asked by May 29, 2016 at 04:41 PM about the 2003 Ford Taurus LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus LX, I put antifreeze in
the reservoir and it overheats now as I drive all the
fluid comes out of it and it's getting still
overheating. I've been told it's the radiator the
thermometer a hole in the reservoir I don't know. I
have used leak B Gone which work for a little while
I don't know what else to do what do you think.

3 Answers


You probably started out with a leak, a bad cooling fan or a stuck thermostat. Without a leak, if the engine overheats, coolant will boil off out of the coolant reservoir and 'disappear' from the system. Many leak sealers actually cause more problems than they solve, and can clog the radiator,heater core, thermostat, and some of the smaller passages in the engine. If you have driven it while overheating now, it's probably beyond simple fixes, and will likely need cylinder head gaskets at the least. Those cars are also bad about CRACKING cylinder heads, which would need to be replaced. Two other side effects many people overlook: the excessive heat will also chemically change the engine oil, causing excessive wear in the bottom end of the engine, as well as transferring the extra heat to the transmission fluid, and causing damage there. I'd advise taking it to a trusted qualified mechanic and taking it from there.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

I agree.


https://youtu.be/jq2ngudVFew 2000 Ford Taurus Head Gasket Repair/Replacement (Tutorial) - Intake Gasket (Tutorial) - Torque Sequence - (Tutorial) - - - Over Heating Issues with Coolant Overflow Reservoir/Cap. Bubbles in the Coolant system. Too Much Pressure, caused by a head gasket leak. Misfire Issues. This Video Covers : - Head Gasket - Intake Gasket - Coolant/High Pressure (Over Flow) - Torque Sequences - High Pressure Coolant System - Rocker Arms - Thermostat Length of Video: 1:32:56 Average Cost: (Blown Head Gasket) - Self Fix - Roughly $200 - Shop Fix - $1200-$1600

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Taurus in your area?

CarGurus has 15,533 nationwide Taurus listings starting at $1,900.


Ford Taurus Experts

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

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
371 Great Deals out of 27,339 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Explorer
848 Great Deals out of 64,281 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford F-150
2,488 Great Deals out of 220,741 listings starting at $1,222
Used Ford Mustang
287 Great Deals out of 38,472 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Malibu
605 Great Deals out of 48,235 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
553 Great Deals out of 91,967 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
807 Great Deals out of 71,624 listings starting at $1,400
Used Ford Focus
397 Great Deals out of 70,146 listings starting at $999
Used Nissan Maxima
220 Great Deals out of 18,087 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Escape
929 Great Deals out of 105,216 listings starting at $550

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Taurus For Sale
5,600 listings starting at $14,233
2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 1,667 listings starting at $16,900
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 824 listings starting at $11,799
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 1,619 listings starting at $8,500
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 843 listings starting at $7,000

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.