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2003 Ford focus: Car blew cold air 2 months..overheated..connector

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2003 Ford Focus SE. Car blew cold air 2 months ago, took it to the dealer, stated we needed a New Thermostat, $250 later, car overheated 2 weeks ago stated that the that there was a short on the fan control, and melted the housing for the fan shroud(see below) and another $250 and today, still no heat. I always take this car to the dealer, but am losing confidence
"Verified Engine overheats ids check pass monitor pids fan and cylinder head temp pid for temp went to 250 degrees and fan only goes to low check resistor on shroud found connector melted and resistor bad"
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
Sorry for your troubles. First of all you need to find a reliable garage your dealership is ripping you off. engine thermostat replacement with parts shouldn't be much more than $100.00 with parts. Now to your problem. do you have no heat at the car intiour heater or the engine isn't getting warm?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
We have no interior heat.
To give chronology
1. Had no heat - Dealer replaced Thermostat and O-Ring
2. Car Overheated - Dealer stated that resistor on shroud melted connector, replaced both
3. Yesterday, it was cold in St. Louis, so we turned the heat on, only to find no heat inside the car.

Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
well i think your heater has doors that control weather or not that you have heat. maybe a cable has become disconnected. let me check some more about heater control for your car. your dealer is giving you the business I think they have messed up putting the new thermostat in causing the overheating. Jim!!! I'll be back
Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
Your car has a door in the heater that swinges from heat to a/c. the only other thing that could not give you heat is if you are loosing water in the cooling system. here is the part that moves the door in the heater.. Jim!!!
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
My daughter just called me and the car is overheating again. I guess the two symptoms do not have a common answer?
Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
the only thing that would relate them is if you are low on coolant the first thing will experience is the loss of heat in the heater, next you will overheat as the coolant gets lower. the engine will overheat. are you loosing coolant?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Not that I know of
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Seems like engine coolant leaked out, added water and its empty again
Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
these cars are noted for bad head gaskets. has it been loosing water all the time or just since the dealer replaced the thermostat? Do you notice white smoke when you start the motor before it gets to warm? To check for a bad head gasket take the radiator cap off, fill the radiator until it is running over, run the car until warm continue to keep filling the radiator. When you have warm water coming out of the radiator. with it full to the running over point. Now if there are air bubble coming out the top of the radiator ( non of this has to do with the expansion tank ) you have a blown head gasket. Now my question about loosing water for a long time is to do with the dealership, If they installed the thermostat improperly they may have caused the head gasket to go bad. They should bear some of the repair cost. If they are not willing go online to ford customer service and see what they came do. Thanks for using Just Answers. Jim!!!
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Expert:  Dad Mechanic replied 5 years ago.
I hope I have helped to resolve your problem. I am checkin to see if I can assist with any thing else today, or clarify my answer to you.
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