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Overheating while just idling

I just bought my truck on saturday and I just noticed 3 days later we had a little ice on the roads and in was sitting there just idling in a parking lot and I noticed that my truck was up to 166 degrees and i saw some steam from the hood and I immediatley shut the truck and now another 2 days later I noticed was running hot while driving under 45 mph I have not driven the truck enough on the interstate to tell you if it is overheating because it is such a short ride to work can you please tell me what the best possible solution is thanks.

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    ovs5 May 11, 2010

    not familiar with these but check cooling fan if electric type then probably faulty sensor or if mechanical viscous type then check you cant stop it easily by trying to stop it using an object (piece of wood or hammer handle) if can then clutch mechanism on it is worn.



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Hi my name is Allen!
The first thing you need to do is check for coolant leaks, I suggest this because you seen steam coming from under the hood. Various places to check would be the radiator, hoses, water pump, heater core, head gaskets, freeze-plugs. Check the level of coolant in the radiator, but only after the engine has had time to cool-down because you could be seriously burnt by removing the cap if it has not cooled.

If the radiator is full then other causes could be; the radiator fan not working properly, the thermostat could be sticking closed, the system could be restricted not allowing coolant flow unless driving vehicle, and the water pump could be defective. These are just a few possible causes!

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