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Cooling system problem

I have an 87 celica convertible 2litre japanese import after driving on a hot day the overflow tank attached to the radiator appeared to be boiling,after cooling down I topped up the coolantwhich needed a very small amount .after a short test drive the o/flow was gurgling and the rad was already quite hot.the temp guage remains normal .Can any one advise?

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  • edbalboa Jan 03, 2009

    as i described before also the second time after my short test drive I opened the rad cap while the engine was running and the coolant sprayed out with a lot of pressure.Also icannot find any specifcations on the volume of coolant it takes to fill up when the system has been emptied I was only able to put around 3 litres in there.threre is no sign of any oil in the cooling system nor water in the oil as Its been suggested that it may be the head gasket.the radiator appears on the outside to be in good condition,the car has only travelled 160000 ks . also I have been trying to find out which radiator fits the car because the 87 has a camry 2ltr moter i presume it takes camry radiator I have been told when ringing around that it may be a different radiator.As suggested I will start with the thermostat.thanks

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Is the radiator cooling fan working properly?

  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    start first by changing the themostat

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Ok, its not an overflow tank, its an expansion tank, small difference, sounds like all is normal, just keep an eye on that etmp for a while

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The overflow need to be filled with water?


Yes, it is important to include the overflow tank or bottle as integral with the radiator and coolant system as a whole. They all intermix. Actually, the level in the overflow tank is a true measure of the correct amount to keep your coolant at. There are two marks on the overflow: full hot and full cold. The coolant system on all modern cars is a sealed system and therefore should never require adding, save a very small amount through evaporation within the overflow tank- the only part that is open to atmosphere.

So once you get all the air out of the system that is possible, both in the engine and in the radiator, you have a full level everywhere, including the overflow tank where it should always remain somewhere between the full hot and full cold marks.

You are right that the overflow collects the heated radiator coolant. But it is due to the expansive properties of coolant-or water- that it expands when heated, (but not boiling-that is very bad news of a different sort). Your radiator cap is designed to open at a specific pressure, just enough to allow coolant to flow into the overflow. As the engine and coolant cools, it contracts, the level drops in the radiator, and a natural vacuum there will siphon the overflow tank back into the radiator until it is full again. That is why you have the full hot and full cold marks.
I will shut off the lecture now. I hope you have liked my answer. If not, I give you permission to kill me now- if I may so jest.

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  3. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
  4. Disconnect the surge tank line from the thermostat housing.
  5. Remove thermostat housing-to-intake manifold attaching bolt and nut, then remove the housing.
  6. Remove the thermostat.

To install:
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  3. Attach the thermostat housing to the intake manifold.
  4. Install the mounting bolt and nut. Tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) for the 3.1L engine. For the 3.3L engine, tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  9. Install the radiator cap, making sure the arrows line up with the overflow tube.

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The car was overheating i checked all hoses and replaced the thermostat the radiator it still is ovrheating and the water is boiling in the overflow tank


Answer could be a faulty thermostat,or it could be a sign that your head gasket is about to blow ,or last of all your timing could be out of sync.

Answer 2 from Inventus: It means your cooling system is funtioning properly. In a system having a coolant recovery tank, coolant in the radiator is always up to the brim, hot or cold. There is negligible or no air space. When coolant in the radiator expands sufficiently due to warming from the engine, it will squeeze past the pressure cap's bottom seal and flow into the recovery tank. (If no provision for such expansion was present, the expansion would rupture the radiator or your hoses.) Only coolant within the radiator is under pressure, and because of this pressure (together with the elevated boiling point that the "anti-freeze" permits), it normally does not boil. But once past the pressure cap's bottom seal, the overflow is at atmospheric pressure and therefore boils.
This boiling is usually unnoticed after a short, i.e., local, trip because the cooler coolant already in the recovery tank quenches it. But after some highway driving the influx of more hot overflow heats up all the coolant in the recovery tank to the (unpressurized, i.e., "natural") boiling point.
As the engine cools when shut off, the contracting coolant in the radiator sucks back coolant from the recovery tank. Fluid in the recovery tank should never be below the "full hot" or "full cold" marks, lest air be sucked in.
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Your cooling fans are not turning on. It is not normal for your overflow tank to boil like that. It is true that your radiator is overflowing into the reserve tank, but that means yourr adiaotor is boiling. Check for blown fuses or relays for your cooling fans. IF theya re fine. run your engine for about 15 minutes and drive. When you temp level is at normal operating temp open your hood with the engine runing and see if your fans are on. If they are, then you may have a bad thermostat or a plugged radiator, or a bad water pump. If the fans are not on, get your cooling fan switch replaced if your car has one. Check your temp sending sensor

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