97 Ford Taurus overheats when stopped, but coolant pours out when turned off

Asked by Sep 29, 2016 at 09:36 AM about the 1997 Ford Taurus GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 97 Ford Taurus, it overheats
when I stop but pours out coolant when I
turn it off, the fans are working. I have to
ride with my heater on so it don't overheat
but that doesn't stop coolant from
running all over the ground when I turn it
off, I have to fill the reservoir Everytime I
drive it. Please help! I don't have alot of
money so I need to know kinda what I'm
looking at before I take it to anyone of
these shops due to them wanting to over
charge me just to look at it, I ended up
paying almost 1,200.00 to a guy an a
shop at one time due to just guessing an
fixing what they thought it was an
obviously they was still wrong.. thanks

5 Answers

107,995

it could be a few thing your thermostat may not be opening, your cooling may not be turning on when the car is up to temperature. The water pump may not be turning. Your Cap may need to be replace, so there are a few thing that need to be looked at...

7,155

Replace thermostat first, it's easier and least expensive

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thank u

I have another question, could it be the reservoir that needs to be changed ? Or like it's probably the water pump?

7,155

Reservoir only holds the coolant so the pump can suck it up when needed. It's probably the thermostat stuck closed or bad water pump but it's easier to replace thermostat, if that doesn't help it, replace pump

Your Answer

Taurus

Looking for a Used Taurus in your area?

CarGurus has 17,916 nationwide Taurus listings starting at $1,499.

ZIP:

Ford Taurus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,070
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,980
  • #3
    lightGear
    Reputation
    1,940
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
570 Great Deals out of 34,619 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Explorer
811 Great Deals out of 62,484 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Mustang
743 Great Deals out of 42,668 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford F-150
2,217 Great Deals out of 180,842 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,242 Great Deals out of 77,953 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
1,000 Great Deals out of 62,552 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Camry
1,072 Great Deals out of 72,796 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
740 Great Deals out of 53,087 listings starting at $1,299
Used Nissan Maxima
329 Great Deals out of 23,618 listings starting at $1,750
Used Nissan Altima
1,126 Great Deals out of 74,485 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 5,753 listings starting at $15,990
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 2,441 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,427 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
60 Great Deals out of 1,383 listings starting at $6,995
2013 Ford Taurus For Sale
44 Great Deals out of 1,386 listings starting at $5,995

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.