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Their is no longer a drain plug on the radiators of modern cars. If you must drain it, loosen or disconect the bottom hose. Why is it running hot? Radiator need cleaning out? 

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The drain plug is on the bottom of the rediator on the drivers side on the back side of the radiator.

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Hi, where was the car loosing water from please?

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SOURCE: 1997 cadillac eldorado running hot

Make sure you put in the correct temp thermostat. GM usually has 2. A low temp and a high temp. Most shops will give ya the high temp just because thats usually what the book calls for. you might want to try a low temp. Also, sometimes, when a car runs hot and everything has been repaired....well, almost everything......it might be the head gaskets. And those my friend are no easy task. But..somewhere to start. have your cooling system pressure tested. Only way to really know for sure. Oh..also make sure your fan is working!!!! You might have a faulty fan switch.

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First-change the thermostat and bleed the system.If the problem is still there change the water pump.

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SOURCE: Car overheating radiator was changed

Hi Jamel I am a Master Diagnostic technician for Toyota, first if the old radiator had a melted neck where the cap screws the engine overheat bad and probably needs a head-gasket job. also there is the probability of air in the system, so let the car run without the cap, if you do this and the coolant start coming out of the radiator immediately there is a head-gasket problem, if the coolant comes out after let said 5 minutes of running no cup the thermostat is stuck close or there is a restriction like corrosion or kink, collapsed hose etc.

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if no leaks in hoses, then flush out the radiator etc, there maybe a plug up in system. also change thermostat. God-Bless! and hope this helps you.

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1998 saab 9.3 has just started overheating. no obvious leaks. the coolant system reseviour is boiling hot water


The classic cause of this is a head gasket leak to the coolant jacket, which will cause quick overheating.

You may see white bubbles in the coolant like dry ice, if you start the car from cold, allow the temp gauge needle to just move off the stop, then remove the radiator cap by grasping it through a large towel spread wide on top. Look then down the radiator neck while the engine runs and warms up.

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Most radiators have a drain plug on the bottom tank the engine block also has a drain plug . Remove the radiator cap ,open both drains ,let all the coolant run out, if there is no radiator plug remove the lower hose , remove the heater demister hoses, with the heater control on hot flush out all the coolant from the heater radiator. with a garden hose, till the water runs clean, tighten the radiator plug or re fit the hose,put a garden hose into the radiator and flush out till the water at the block plug runs clean ,refit the heater hoses, refit the block plug, fill the radiator from the hose leave the cap off , If it has a overflow tank clean and flush it. start and run engine for 5 minutes top up radiator if needed . stop engine and drain out all water. most important that all old coolant is drained out, only buy the best coolant you can . If you make up your own use only distilled water. keep some to top up with never mix with another brand. Fill radiator with coolant top up over flow tank, run engine top up coolant as needed, refit radiator cap run for another 10 minutes check for leaks,

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I replace my leaking radiator and bought a new one yesterday. After i put it in the car started fine, after that the engine started to get hot, no coolant leaking but what i realize is that the engine is...


Car overheats and Air blows hot at idle?

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Faulty thermostat clogged radiator/plugged radiator, radiator hose worn out. Coolant running low. Low coolant pressure. Faulty temperate sensor.



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All types of car overheating problems and troubleshooting?

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97 eldorado idles and does not run hot, only when driving car runs hot.


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Possible fan clutch..Usually if its a fan clutch it will run hot sitting still but cool off once going down the road..If it takes a while to run hott then i would suspect a clogged radiator..When you drain it did it look like all the antifreeze came out..Ive seen half the radiater clogged up where half of it drained but the clogged section stay in the radiator

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ENGINE COOLANT REPLACEMENT
1. Remove the radiator cap, the radiator drain plug and the rear heater unit drain plug (if equipped).
2. Drain the coolant into a container.
3. Flush the cooling system with water until all traces of color are gone.
4. Let the system drain completely.
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^ The engine has aluminum parts that can be damaged by alcohol or methanol antifreeze. Do not use alcohol or methanol in the cooling system.
Use only ethylene-glycol-based coolant.
^ Use only soft (demineralized) water in the coolant mixture. Water that contains minerals will cut down on the coolant's effectiveness.
^ Engine coolant will damage paint. If engine coolant does get on a painted surface, rinse it off quickly.
6. Refer to the following chart and select proper mixture of the water and coolant.
Antifreeze solution mixture percentage
7. Pour the coolant into the reservoir up to the FULL mark.
8. Tighten the radiator cap.
Caution: e If the coolant temperature becomes too high, stop the engine to prevent it from overheating.
9. Start the engine and let it idle until the cooling fan operates.
10. After engine warms up, perform the following steps.
1. Run the engine at 4,000 rpm for 1 minute.
2. Run the engine at idle for 1 minute.
3. Repeat steps (1) and (2) several times.
4. Turn on the main and rear heaters and verify that heat is coming from heater vents.
11. Stop the engine and wait until it is cool.
12. Inspect the coolant level. If it is low, repeat Steps 7-12.
13. Verify there is no coolant leakage.

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Might be the heater matrix for the car heating system that is leaking in which case your carpets will be wet underneath

If the matrix is ok then I would hazard a guess that the block has cracked and gases are being forced into the cooling jacket around the block.

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