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lol yeah i definitely wont be putting them on backwards anymore in the future! ha

But just wanted to update u guys & let you know that everything is running great. No error codes & NO pending codes either finally. heat blows out hotter then ever now. so far havent found any leaks either! yay

thanks for everything guys, your help is greatly appreciated!!
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lol yeah i definitely wont be putting them on backwards anymore in the future! ha

But just wanted to update u guys & let you know that everything is running great. No error codes & NO pending codes either finally. heat blows out hotter then ever now. so far havent found any leaks either! yay

thanks for everything guys, your help is greatly appreciated!!
Ok dash, I just had the same diagnostic trouble code you had on your stang. Did you ever find out why it all started on the first place? My overheating nightmare started today after I pulled out the hose on top of the engine yesterday and everything filled with engine coolant. It was cold though, we did that yesterday. I needed to replace the gasket on the thermostat.
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Today I took it for a spin today and I had that CHECK ENGINE light on. It's a bit low on coolant so I'll go check it now after it cools down completely. Maybe I have some air bubbles or something because I did not bleed the system. But I wanted to ask you, how did you end up with that P1285 CODE anyways? And how did you solve it? Because I don't wanna have a warped head budd. I'm never setting my car on fire, and I wouldn't wanna see it catch fire either. I love it regardless of how it behaves. Thanks in advance!

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A 1285 code is when your cylinder head gets too hot. You need to use that bleeder fitting when filling the car with antifreeze.....

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A 1285 code is when your cylinder head gets too hot. You need to use that bleeder fitting when filling the car with antifreeze.....
Thanks shiner, I fixed it today. The Engine Coolant was low but there is a coolant hose between the fans and the engine almost under the powersteering pump that has something inside of it. Is it normal? Should I post pictures and show you?

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hey guys my stang rode hot in traffic I know im going to need a new fan my hoses appear to be fine. I will ned my colant drained but theres an constant knock when the fan turns on any help?
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hey guys my stang rode hot in traffic I know im going to need a new fan my hoses appear to be fine. I will ned my colant drained but theres an constant knock when the fan turns on any help?
That's probably the clutch on your AC/ compressor. Make sure you set the climate control selectors on your dashboard left one controls fan speeds inside the car, I set it to the lowest. Center one says hot or cold, I set it on the middle. And the right one should be set to the round closed circuit at the very top. If it's set to any of the rest of the settings, the clutch may kick on constantly.
If it's not that, check the fans for clearance and keep us posted.
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I just got this DTC p1285 on my car too today. 2003 3.8L v6 mustang; anyway I was running low on gas while I was on the highway til the low fuel light went on. So I stopped by a 7-eleven and filled up. It's like 92 at the lowest out here in TX and it is HOT! anyway, after filling up my "Service Engine Soon" light came on while I was leaving the gas station so I was like FUCKKKKKK. So I went to Autozone to pull the code. Sure enough it was P1285 but the Scan Tool the guy was using pulled up P1285 "Fuel & Air Meter" blah blah blah. So He looks it up and the code is "cylinder over head temperature sensed". So I bought some oil,oil filter, air filter, and some coolant: went home and tuned up my car - it DOESNT RUN HOT at all, matter a fact it stays right in the middle even after driving for a couple hours. Does anybody here know for sure exactly what it is by first-hand experience and not just guessing what it could be?

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I just got this DTC p1285 on my car too today. 2003 3.8L v6 mustang; anyway I was running low on gas while I was on the highway til the low fuel light went on. So I stopped by a 7-eleven and filled up. It's like 92 at the lowest out here in TX and it is HOT! anyway, after filling up my "Service Engine Soon" light came on while I was leaving the gas station so I was like FUCKKKKKK. So I went to Autozone to pull the code. Sure enough it was P1285 but the Scan Tool the guy was using pulled up P1285 "Fuel & Air Meter" blah blah blah. So He looks it up and the code is "cylinder over head temperature sensed". So I bought some oil,oil filter, air filter, and some coolant: went home and tuned up my car - it DOESNT RUN HOT at all, matter a fact it stays right in the middle even after driving for a couple hours. Does anybody here know for sure exactly what it is by first-hand experience and not just guessing what it could be?
This code is usually caused by an overheating reading from a temperature sensor. If you have serviced the cooling system recently, there is your problem. And with that outside temperature that high, it's very easy to set that high. Specially after what you explained. Doing highway miles, your STANG remains a little colder, as soon as you got off the highway you were relying on cooling system only. If there is a little bubble... BAM! There is your problem.
First, check your radiator cap for pressure. See if that's letting air sip in. Then, there is a screw which we have pictures of previously on this thread and you have to bleed the system until antifreeze comes out of that screw. Just like you would bleed brakes! Put constant pressure on the upper hose, loosen the screw, squirts out, tighten and let go of the pressure. Then repeat the step. Refill the overflow tank and make sure the little radiator cap is filled to the very top. (ALL THESE STEPS, DONE WHEN COLD.) That's how I took care of my P1285 problem. Keep us posted and good luck Stanger!
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i was going to reply like a week ago but I forgot to so here i am. Well the next day after I had serviced my car I drove it to work and back home with the Service Engine Soon light still on. I woke up the next day and got into my car to go to work; turn on my car and BAM the light never came on haha I was so relieved. So anyway, idk about everybody else's situation but a basic tune-up for me took away my CEL.
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