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    Posted: 05-February-2007 at 4:25AM
HI ---all    I just got a 79 Cougar with 302.  
 
 
It is also overheating after about 5 miles....I checked the radiator-- I got good flow.....it maybe low on oil......can't check it ......
 
Where is the engine oil dip stick location??????
 
I looked all over---I think it is possible missing..............
 
 
....plus little water coming out of the muffler.......it could be a head gasket problem??????  Will that cause the over heating????
 
Thanks for your reply!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-February-2007 at 5:19AM
Some questions..
1. How do you know you have "good flow"?
2. Dipstick is in the timing cover, front of the distributor on a 302, IIRC.
3. A little water is normal on startup.
 
Dumb but necessary questions.
Radiator clear in front?
Does it overheat if sitting still?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-February-2007 at 9:41AM
Thanks 75!
 
I don't know i have good flow ---the top on the radiator is getting hot water is what a meant.
 
Radiator is clear but I will double check....
 
Someone suggests it must be the thermostat... 
 
Do you think it could be the problem??
 
It could I guess be very low on oil........I will search for the dipstick again........
 
Thanks in advance...........
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-February-2007 at 11:00AM
It could very well be the thermostat.
 
When it's idling, from a cold start, feel the top hose.. it should start out cold, then all of a sudden become very warm.
You may even notice it on the temp gauge.. slowly increasing, until it hits a certain point... then it'll have a slight drop.. and stay steady.
 
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