What is typical the problem when your car runs hot while you're sitting at a red light but cools back down when you drive off??

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Asked by Nov 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM about the 2000 Ford Expedition XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the fan is still spinning i don't think that's that problem.

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Sounds like the water pump impeller is shot. The water pump circulates coolant around the engine, you probably notice the engine presently overheats in traffic or under load but may cool when driving under light engine load on the freeway. On the freeway air rushing through the radiator will cool the engine. I'd say it's time for a replacement.

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If your car has over 80000 miles on it a common problem is the fan clutch even though if spinning it may be spinning to slow . A good test is to shut engine off after engine is warmed up and if fan still moves easily by hand the clutch is problably the problem

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