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Heat gauge shows hot , have to add antifreeze although no leak

Within 3 minutes of driving my heat gauge registers almost to the red hot. I have to keep adding coolant, and when i do air bubbles surface. The coolant is not leaking, but i think it is burning because i smell a sweet chemical smell when i turn on my heat. I only get heat sometimes although the fan is working. The fan by the rad is working, i have had the thermostat replaced, and the hose going from the rad to the water pump ( my car had overheated and i lost my coolant already once when the metal hose going into the water pump broke off from rusting. That hose broke off right in the opening of the water pump. It seems to me like the coolant isn't even circulating. Could my water pump be gone, or would I have a leak if that wasn't working? I think that my head gasket needs replaced, but it seems like the way that the gauge shows hot so fast that there is something else going on as well. Help please

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  • craftjacks2 Jan 08, 2009

    My 2002 Chevy Venture shows red hot on gauge after just a few minutes of driving. I have replaced thermostat, but still have problem. Does not have water leaking from anywhere, that I can see. Any solutions?

  • solieswrench May 11, 2010

    Head gasket is bad it will be putting pressure in cooling system or burning the coolant Maybe take it to a shop to get it looked at

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Also some over flow of coolant. The rad has just been replaced so was thinking it could be the thermostat? When the heater goes out it seems to only go out for a couple of minutes and then goes super hot. What could the problem be? Any info would be of great help!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    My car smells like it is hot but it is a sweet smell. My guage shows my car isn't hot

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Very common fault is head gaskets.  causing coolant consumption and bubbles in radiator.  Run vehicle, have a friend accelerate once or twice hard, while you smell exhaust for sweet smell of burning coolant.

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