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Overheating 2005 Equinox, after belt replacement.

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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  • stanvv Jan 11, 2009

    I also have a 2005 Equinox with an overheating problem. I replaced the thermostat but it didn't solve the problem. I found what seems to be a bleed point on the water pump and used it to purge the air from the system. It still overheats. The cooling system acts like it vapor locks because when it is overheating the heater starts blowing cool air. If I rev the engine then I can get the heater to start blowing hot air.

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This could be Caused by a Faulty Tensioner not keeping the Belt Tight enough or even the Thermostat. Check the Belt and see how tight it is First.

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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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