Question about 2002 Volkswagen Golf
So my '02 VW Golf 2.0 runs past 190 degrees after about a mile. I replaced the thermostat and it still runs hot and the only way to get it to cool is to turn it off for 15 min. or more. I thought maybe I had an air bubble in the cooling system so I tried to release that by putting a gap between the radiator and the hose using a screw driver, running the engine so coolant came out along with any air (about 10 min.). Coolant was being pushed out so I was hopeing I fixed the problem. I drove it about a mile and the temp. rose past 190, however, this time if I coasted or drove slow, it would cool down a little (not to 190, but out of the red). Someone said I need a new water pump. Would coolant be coming out of my radiator hose with the screwdriver in place if the impellers on my water pump were broken? I don't want to take it to a mechanic and have them charge me $500 to replace my water pump when all it is is a stupid air bubble.
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