My 2002 Escape will randomly overheat. it over heated when my daughter was warming it up on a very cold day. I took it the next day, spent an hour running it at operating temp, and driving a few miles... no problems. She drove it 15+ miles each way to work for a week, no problems. one day, she went about 3 miles and it over heated, so she stopped, it cooled down, she tried to bring it home. it overheated again, lost power, she parked it, and it started 'draining' antifreeze.
we towed it home, I checked the antifreeze level was just a little low, so I filled it up, again, ran it to operating temp, let it keep running for 30 minutes or so, no problems. cept the heater was only putting out about 90 in the cabin.
it cooled, I drained it, refilled it, ran it to operating temp, the overflow never sucked in any of the antifreeze like it usually does when flushing and refilling when the thermostat opens.
it cooled, i drained it again, took the thermostat out, put radiator flush in, filled it. heater blew COLD, car got up to operating temp but wouldn't go any higher, but overflow started overflowing, spurting antifreeze everywhere.
once enough of it had spurted out, it was 'pulsing' short shots of antifreeze into the overflow tank. I shut it off and started to research (which is where I am now)
I DID do a compression gas test, and the fluid stayed blue (no combustion gases in the antifreeze)
there's no oil residue in the antifreeze. There's no 'milky' look to the oil....
the gauge never goes above normal for me.... also the radiator fans never come on.... (is it possible the temp gauge says normal and the engine is actually over heating?)