A couple of things I forgot to answer on last post. As far as operating temperature, the car within about 5 minutes of driving will heat up to normal temperature, a little under halfway up the temp gauge, and stays there.
As far as thermostat being stuck open, not sure about that, again, it's a newer on that was put in last year when the head gasket was done. I know a chevy beretta I had a few years back had a lazy thermostat that would stick closed at times and then open and be ok, so the engine would heat up, then when you gave it some gas, would go to normal. The Taurus does not act that way.
The water pump, again, I'm not sure there either, but it was done a few months before the head gasket went. The engine did overheat when the head gasket went, was going highway speed at 65 mph, engine started getting hot, pulled off not knowing what was happening, checked antifreeze level, added more antifreeze, started the car back up, seemed to be at an ok temp and all, so I went on. About 5 miles later, got a trail of white smoke behind me, engine overheated, so I pulled off and shut it off. As I said, they checked and machined the heads and what not. New plugs, T-Stat and oil pan gasket at that time as well as head gasket.
Could the water pump have suffered due to the overheat?
Definitely want to get it fixed when I can. As I told my wife, I could probably look at another car sometime, but with all the money we have put into that one, and as good as it seems to run now, I hate to get rid of it and get into a payment when it seems to run so well and seems to have a lot of life left. Another note, I checked the antifreeze today at lunch, flush was done saturday, antifreeze for the most part still seems green. Seemed like it looked like a greenish blue though. Maybe just me?
Last edited by ohio_grad_06; 10-06-2014 at 02:38 PM.