A couple of weeks ago, the drive belt on our equinox broke, a friend offered to repair it, and did. A couple of days later the car started overheating, I noticed the lower hose connecting from the radiator had come loose, I retightend it and thought it was fixed after I Added more radiator fluid.
Unfortunately, I was wrong, the car overheats when warming up in the driveway. I was thinking it might be a thermostat and haven't fixed it yet, I'm just trying to find out what other things it might be, or should I give up and bring it to a mechanic?
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Re: Overheating 2005 Equinox, after belt replacement.
Take rad cap off when cool enough & start engine with heater (not defrost ) on. Let it run for a while that way & re-fill coolant as necessary. I let the rad fan come on & off 2 or 3 times before i put that cap back on just to make sure I have all of the air out of the cooling system. It should come on each time the coolant reaches operating temperature & thermostat opens allowing hot coolant to circulate through rad, thus fan comes on to cool it again for next time through. Then put rad cap back on, top up return bottle to proper level & see what happens.
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CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2005 Safety Report #10128539 CHEVROLET
EQUINOX 2005 car safety problem was reported on July 11, 2005.CHEVROLET
EQUINOX 2005, manufactured by GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
had a problem with POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
. PURCHASED 2005 CHEVY EQUINOX ON MAY 26 2005 HAVE HAD IT AT THE
DEALER 5 TIMES IN THE PAST 47 DAYS 1ST THE SUNROOF STOPPED WORKING,
THEN THE TRANSAXLE OVERHEATING LIGHT CAME ON GOT THOSE "REPAIRED"
DIDN'T GET OFF THE DEALERS LOT AND THE LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN THEY CHANGED
SENSOR BROUGHT IT BACK THE NEXT DAY AND WAS TOLD THEY FOUND A CHAFFED
WIRE IN THE MAIN HARNESS YESTERDAY I HAD IT TOWED IN AFTER ENGINE
LIGHT AND TRACTION CONTROL LIGHT CAME ON FELT LIKE WHEELS DIDN'T WANT
TO TURN AND ON HILLS HAD NO POWER TO CLIMB I LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS OF
PA WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER CHEVY.Mileage was 2400 miles.Problem was
reported in ALBRIGHTSVILLE, PA. CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2005 Safety Report #10128539
I'm not familiar with your car however, this sounds like a straight forward resolution. If the AC clutch or compressor has locked up or dragging badly, the extra load could damage the belt. If this is true and you don't want to repair....possibly there is way to use a shorter belt. Many cars are sold in the cold north country without AC units. Try for a belt for those versions and an idler to mount instead. Good luck, Paul
Yes if they are leaking and you go to a car wash and then the temperature goes below freezing. It happened to me. Car started rocking all over the place because water got inside the strut and then froze solid overnight
ok here we go first locate the drive belt tensioner, it should a h spot where you can insert a 1/2 drive breaker bar,release the tension and remove the belt, make you have the diagram that shows how it is insalled(usually on the sticker in the engine compartment) re-install the belt starting from the bottom and working up towards the top.again release the pressure on the tensioner and finish insalling the belt.make sure the beelt is all the way on every pulley. please rate my fix, if you need more help get back to me as i strive to be the best. good luck,let me know how you make out. should not be that hard to do