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Unhappy 2001 Mustang was overheating but now won't atart at all.

I've recently bought a 2001 Ford Mustang, but I haven't been able to get it working properly the entire time I've had it. Before, it would run for about twenty minutes tops, probably even less, before it would overheat and completely die. It wouldn't start again until it cooled down. We replaced the spark plugs, the ignition module, the fuel pump, and a bunch of other things, but nothing seemed to be working. Recently though, after replacing the fuel pump, it has stopped running at all. Immediately after the replacement it seemed to be running fine, but when we left it to idle like your supposed to after replacing the fuel pump, it eventually just died. Now it refuses to start at all. It's been a few weeks and it still won't start. We are at a loss at what to do, please help?

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What led you to replace the plugs, fuel pump and ignition components when it was overheating?

Things I would have concentrated on.... Fan operation, verify circulation of coolant, things like that.

At this point, as in any "crank but no start" situation, you now need to verify that it's getting fuel and spark before you can proceed.

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First and foremost, check the radiator, if it's leaking you might have a crack in it, DO NOT check if the engine is hot, it is a very fast way to burn yourself, while the engine is cool check the coolant level and see if there is anything there, also make sure that the previous owners had somewhat of an idea of what they were doing and see if the coolant is a good mixture, then check to make sure your fan is running when the car has been running for a few minutes, failing that, tow it and take it to a professional

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Check the oil for WATER, could be a head gasket too!

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Welcome to the site! Have you checked for any codes?

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Originally Posted by SoCal2V View Post
What led you to replace the plugs, fuel pump and ignition components when it was overheating?
Well, there were a lot of other things wrong with it when we bought it as well. Replacing those other things had to do with those problems (ex. For a while it was acting like it was running out if gas when the tank definitely had gas, which lead to fuel pump replacement - stuff like that.) Overheating has been a constant problem that hasn't gone away, so that's why I mentioned that. Sorry for any confusion.

I'll see what I can do with all the suggestions you all have provided and get back to you. Thanks for all the help!
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I'd try flushing the system and burping it. as antifreeze breaks down it kinda sludges up, it may be partially blocking some of the passages in the motor. like said before, check the low and high speed fan at idle.

is it getting fuel pressure at the rail?

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