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Overheating first thing noticed was the over heating. cheaked for coolent leval and noticed it was low. added antifreeze, but keeped losing coolant. found leak in radiator/cracked radiator. changed and still losing cooolant.no water in oil, no water on ground. found water leak on rear of engine. leaking intake manifold gasket. changed gasket, did tune up, replaced thermostat, still over heating. changed water pump, still over heating, help please

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    COOLENT LEAK NEAR INTAKE MANIFOLD

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    pinholes appeared and water leaking from losing water in radiator. This same thing happened with last radiator two years ago. How do you stop electrolysis?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    my freelander is losing water from radiator and is dripping on to the floor when standing

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    water in radiator froze replaced water pump and then found water in oil when I checked the oil

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I changed my head gasket n I keep gettin oil in my radiator

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    change head gaskets,water pump,thermastat,lower intake manfold but temp keeps going up and down

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Slow water leak some where around water pump has been leaking for years never over heats could it be a Leakey hose or what

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It could be your head gasket.

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Why is the temperature light keep coming on and the gauge keep going up and down?


Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection Service How this system works: With the exception of older, air-cooled vehicles, cars rely on a liquid called coolant (or antifreeze) to keep the engine at an optimal temperature. Coolant is a mixture of water and ethylene glycol, and it circulates around the engine block and absorbs excess heat, which keeps the engine from overheating. The coolant converts that heat to air in the radiator, and then the air is emitted, at which time the coolant is ready to absorb more heat. Without coolant, the engine would quickly ruin itself with its own heat production. Common reasons for this to happen:
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  • Broken or missing air dam: Along with the shroud, some vehicles have an air dam (or deflector) underneath the vehicle. If this is broken or missing then the air can pass underneath the vehicle but not also through the radiator, which will cause overheating. These air dams are essential in newer vehicles, as they force the air through the fan shroud.
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  • Broken thermostatic fan clutch: Older vehicles use a thermostatic fan clutch to engage the engine cooling fan, which is mounted to the fan blades. The fan clutch uses a bi-metallic spring that tightens when the temperature increases. This acts as a "high speed" option for the fan, and when engaged, it draws more air across the radiator.
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