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Finding sensors supposedly one of the "sensors" on either a couple of hoses or somewhere else, causing cooling fan not to turn on so engine overheats when sitting at blades turn when tested so something else. Also, inside heater won't work now and clock too. got any ideas?

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That sounds like a thermostat. Look on your radiator and follow the rubber hose that travels toward the engine. It should be right near the middle of the front. The sensor is bolted under a housing on most cars. It shouldn't be hard to find.

If the thermostat is bad, it will not circulate water, as it cannot actuate the water pump. This would explain the overheating, and also explain why the heat will not work.

Follow the hoses going from the radiator, as the thermostat reads the water temperature. It's on the main line.

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Engine cooling fan only works when ac or defrost is on

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Sep 27, 2012 | 1996 Buick Century

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Over heating problems


when the car overheats, is there still water in the radiator?

If there is water in the radiator and the car overheats, then it means there might be some dirt or blockage in the radiator or condenser.

When the car is on the motion, air passes through the front and assists the fan to cool the engine. There are situation whereby air doesn't have free flow because of blockage in the radiator and condenser. Dust and debris can cause blockage. If this be the case, have your radiator washed thoroughly and cleaned.

If there is no water in the radiator when the car overheats, then there is a probably a leakage from the water pump. Or maybe your fan isn't blowing properly. The fan might be blowing weak air.

The above are what could cause your engine to over heat.

So start the check from the radiator. Poor water into the radiator, wait for some minutes, look under the car and observe if water is going to leak. If there is a leak, it might be from the water pump or a leaking hose.

If water from radiator has no leak, have your radiator washed and clean the condenser has they might block air that is suppose to cool the engine.

Also, make sure your fan is blowing properly or well enough to cool the engine.

Make sure you have the above checked thoroughly as they are the major causes of problems like this.

This overheating problem could lead to a burnt gasket and this can dry the engine oil which will eventually knock the engine. So have this problem fixed to prevent further damage that will cost you more money.

Lastly, remove the hose that connects the radiator to the engine, water from the engine will come out. Pour water into the radiator, the water will flow through the hose down to the ground. Do this severally. Now connect the hose back to the engine, pour water into the radiator. Start the engine, the water in the radiator will reduce, add more water till radiator is full.

In summary, the major cause of over heating problem is from the radiator, fan, water pump, blockage in the hose, and dirt in in/on the condenser. These are area you need to concentrate on.

I forgot to mention that the acceleration meter or engine meter on the dash board shouldn't be more the 5. It should be below 5. If it is above 5, it can cause overheating. I hope you understand what I mean.....


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1994 dodge spirit overheats in slow traffic.

I assume you have the 2.5l 4-cylinder engine. These engines have an inherent design flaw that causes this problem. I came up with my own solution, and it has worked well for me. If the dealer says you need to spend mnoney on repairs, he's probably wrong. These cars are designed to overheat in traffic.

The thermostat (the thing that is supposed to open and allow hot coolant to circulate) is located in a housing on the front of the engine, on the top right as you look from the front of the car. If there is any air in the system (and there always is), it accumulates here and forms an air pocket. When the air pocket prevents the hot coolant from touching the thermostat, the thermostat doesn't open and the car overheats.

At the factory, the cooling system is filled through the small housing and then pluigged. Unfortunately, the plug is aluminum, as is the housing, and once it is torqued down, you will never get that plug out again.

I drained the coolant, removed the thermostat, stuffed a rag in the coolant housing to prevent any chips getting into the cooling system and damaging the water pump or plugging the radiator, and drilled through the center of the plug. I then threaded the hole and inserted an allen-head brass plug. Now you can remove the plug, fill the cooling system to the top, and not have to worry about it. I am always sure to remove the plug every couple of months and refill, since air always finds its way in.

2 other issues contribute to the overheating problem: 1. The sensor that goes to the temperature gauge is also inside the thermostat housing, but the sensor that turns on the cooling fan is located in the engine block. The reading on the temp gauge therefore is not what the system uses to decide when to turn on the fan. 2. The fan settings from the factory do not turn on the fan until the engine temperature is very close to overheating. The only way around it is to run the air conditioner, which will turn on the fan when the compressor is on, bypassing the regular cooling fan.

There is no perfect solution, but that is what I have learned from 15+ years of owning and repairing these vehicles.

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I have a 91 Dodge Caravan LE 3.3 liter V6 engine, The long story on what problems I have had with this car is as follows. The first thing that happened was I had a fusable ling burn out on the van, this I...

For first check the coolant level.If its low then it must be made full.If its full then check out for any kind of coolant leak.If the coolant is low or getting leaked from somewhere then the car will overheat.So get the ac pressure test done.At any local car garage they do ac pressure test.Doing this test will let you know that there is coolant leak or not.If there is coolant leak then that leak is the cause of overheat.But if there is no coolant leak and coolant level is also full.Then ignore coolant cause for overheat.Then other cause may be the thermostat ,thermostat allows coolant to circulate when the engine is warmed up and should be closed when the engine is cold so that the car can warm up faster. It's a fairly inexpensive part that's replaced easily, but when it fails, your car can overheat, causing costly engine damage.
To check if thermostat is faulty try this procedure:--
Warm up the car but don't let it overheat--don't let the thermostat gauge go into the red.Turn off the engine.Open the hood.Find the upper radiator hose. It's black, is made of rubber and is about 2 inches in diameter, with metal clamps on either end. The upper hose goes into the top of the radiator.Locate the lower radiator hose. It looks similar to the upper hose except that it attaches to the bottom part of the radiator.Touch each hose very carefully (they can be extremely hot). If the temperature gauge is indicating that the engine is warmed up but one hose is hot and the other is cold, the thermostat is probably stuck closed, and the coolant isn't circulating through the radiator.the thermostat is faulty is the case. If the thermostat checks out ok then it can be faulty temp sensor.Its also called coolant temperature sensor. The coolant temperature sensor is a thermistor ( a resistor which varies the value of its voltage output in accordance with temperature changes. ). The change in the resistance values will directly affect the voltage signal from the water thermosensor. As the sensor temperature decreases, the resistance values will increase. As the sensor temperature increases, the resistance values will decrease.
The coolant temperature sensor lets the engine control computer know what the engine temperature is by gathering information from the engine coolant temperature.
There are several ways to know if the coolant temperature sensor is malfunctioning, if the sensor is bad it will trigger a trouble code and the check engine light in the dashboard will come on, you can retrieve the engine code and see if it is related to the coolant temperature sensor, even if the engine control computer doesn't store a trouble code, there is another way to suspect a bad coolant temperature sensor : If your vehicle starts using more fuel than usual, starts having trouble starting when the engine reaches normal operating temperature or you notice black smoke coming out from the exhaust tail pipe, it is very likely that these symptoms are related to a bad coolant temperature sensor. A thermostat that is stuck closed will cause the engine to overheat. To test if thermostat is stuck in the closed position, place the thermostat in boiling water. If the thermostat doesn’t open, than the thermostat is defective and needs to be replaced.
Check the Engine Coolant Fan
Since the cooling fan pushes air through the radiator to cool the coolant, a fan that’s not working properly will cause an overheat condition.
  1. Electric Fan – If the vehicle is equipped with an electric cooling fan, check to see if the fan is working properly. Most electric fans will only operate when the coolant temperature reaches a certain degree. In many vehicles when the air conditioner is turned on, the electric fan automatically turns on. The most common cause of an electric fan failure is the fan motor, a controller module or a relay.
  2. Engine Driven Fans – Some vehicle have cooling fan driven off the front of the engine. If the clutch (between the fan and the engine) is bad it may slip. If the clutch slips it may not allow enough rotation on the fan to be affective and the clutch needs to be replaced.
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There is a small diameter hose coming from near the top of the coolant tank (not the cap) ,this is the purge line.
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