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Old 11-08-2017, 11:06 AM
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Hello and thank you in advance for any help and advice. I have a 2005 Ford Five Hundred that has been overheating on me for quite some time now. we have replaced the thermostat twice, and have also replaced the radiator. The car is still overheating. There isn't too much information available about this car but I have read that there are tabs on the inside of the water pump or at the end of the camshaft that can wear off, causing the water pump to malfunction.

A little bit more about the symptoms. The car never overheats at idle. It will warm up to operating temperature normally which is usually right in the middle of the gauge. If we accelerate very gradually we can usually drive at about 50 mph comfortably without seeing any sign of overheating however on an incline or if the car is weighed down it will start to overheat very quickly. The coolant reservoir will start to bubble and you can clearly tell that the water/coolant is not circulating because the hoses under the thermostat housing are cool to the touch. Another problem is that the heat does not work inside the car. I'm not sure if this problem is also associated. We have been very cautious about letting the car get hot and I don't believe that any permanent damage has been done to the engine. I do not see any leaks anywhere and the water pump has not made any squealing noises that would normally be associated with a water pump failure.

I'm starting to suspect that these tabs have been worn down because I can't seem to find any other reason for overheating during my research on this issue. I'm hoping that if it is this problem, that it is the water pump and not the camshaft. Is there an easier way to tell besides taking off the water pump and looking at the end of the camshaft?
I have limited knowledge so please speak in layman's terms and again, thank you so much to anyone who is willing to offer advice.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:59 AM
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On the T stat replacement/s,, the system was bled of air? Filled through the fill tab?
Given the amount of driving done air should have normally purged, but pump cavitation comes into play if trapped air.

Since you have no heat at the vents ( heater inlet cool?) the lower hoses are cool, Id be suspect of the pump..More so since the T stat has been replaced a couple times. If the T stat was removed, the coolant should circulate right away generally felt on the inlet/outlet hoses (although a cooler offset) but would take the T stat off the list. Also, a coolant flow can be checked in between the heater lines
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