a few things, bad thermstat, low water level, water pump not operateing properly,elect fan or fan senser, Answer 1996-1997 cavaliers have terrible thermostat problems when they are changed, it took me a year to find out that the quaily of thermostats out there are junk, although you can test them in hot water, the pressure they are getting when changing makes a huge difference, some springs can handle the pressure some cant. I fixed the problem (running too cold on the highway, changed tstat then ran too hot) by buying a napa thermostat with a good spring. Don't buy a cheap thermostat, that will fix the problem (1 year of pulling my hair out!!!)
A stuck or incorrectly installed thermostat.
Your thermostat is probably stuck closed you can pick one up at any parts store for about $12
If the stat is stuck open,your car will slowly overheat and not reach normal operating temperature, if it is stuck closed it will overheat very quickly.
check coolant level check thermostat may be stuck closed
Low coolant level, or the cooling fan(s) are not energizing due to a bad fan motor, sensor, or relay- maybe even a broken wire. Engine coolant temperature sensor will cause that everytime... more likely than anything else because it only does it when stuck in traffic or stop sign to stop sign and not on open road.
By itself, the thermostat would have to be stuck closed causing a severe overheat condition to cause a loss of power.
The Taurus could overheat for several reasons. The coolant could be low, the fan might not be operating properly, or the engine could have a stuck thermostat.
have you flushed your radiator or changed the thermostat it could be stuck
Yes. If stuck closed the car will overheat. If stuck open the car will never warm up properly and the oil will slowly turn to sludge.
In any of the car the most cause of over heating is stuck or thermostant not opening to allow coolant circulation.
Cause And Effect
Blocked radiator, low on coolant, stuck thermostat, air in cooling system
Stuck how? Lock? Door?
If you're stuck in traffic and your water is low, even a little, it will overheat... or your thermostat is not opening all the way. Or your fan is not kicking in at temperature. Make sure your antifreeze is properly mixed, beause it is a coolant, too.
cause and effect
Low coolant, stuck thermostat, failed waterpump, plugged radiator, inoperative radiator fans, etc.
Low coolant, stuck thermostat, blown headgasket (from overheating BEFORE) or a damaged (rusted) water pump.
Stuck in Traffic - 2008 was released on: USA: 2008 (limited)
yes. a valve in the open position will prevent compression, thus no combustion.
A stuck open thermostat will cause a car to run cooler than needed. It will cause oil to sludge, a loss of gas mileage due to running rich and numerous other problems.
Thermostat is stuck closed.
A stuck open thermostat will not allow the coolant to get up to proper temp, thus poor heat from heater. A stuck closed thermostat will not let coolant circulate and will cause the engine to overheat.
Clogged radiator, bad water pump, stuck thermostat, non-functioning fan. and may I add lacking of fluids.
Could be number of things, most common a stuck key on keyboard or an overheat warning-start there.
Usually the car would run cool, unless the thermostat is stuck partially open.