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SOUND LIKE ENGINE COOLANT LEVEL LOW.CHECK COOLANT SURGE TANK.IF LOW MORE LIKELY RADIATOR COOLANT LEVEL LOW.ADD COOLANT TO COOLANT SURGE TANK UNTIL COOLANT LEVEL STAY AT FULL COLD MARK DONT OVERFILL OVERFLOW JUG.
You have a hole or a crack on you hose or radiator or you water pump is going out. Look for green and white stains on all three. If you see it that is what went bad. Always replace your thermostat when you fix problem or you will have another one.
sounds like your water pump was screeching and steaming water out looseing power because it was overheating and when it called down you could drive it home,new water pump should sort it hope this helps you.
You might have the leak in the system which comes effective as the engine warms up and the SEALED SYSTEM oozes off as steam from any of the joints, the radiator or the engine gaskets.
Top up the coolant and let the engine warm up on idling while you check for possible leaks in all the areas , water pump, engine and radiator.
Check also the pressure cap on the radiator, if required change as it must open up only at required temperature.
Just a thought............. strait water won't work , you need a 50% solution of antifreeze/coolant.
Otherwise the water just boils turns to steam and dissapears. The normal opperating temprature of your engine is above the 100 c boiling temp of water. And yes , driving a car which is overheating is a good way to ruin your engine. You need to send it to a mechanic to diagnose possible other causes .
Overheating is not always caused by a bad water pump or bad engine firing timing.
The most common causes are:
faulty radiator cap: steam/water will be escaping from the caps when engine is hot or oveflow tank overflows or empty!
crack cylinder head gasket: check when engine is cold thru radiator cap hole for milky oil in water radiator or large bubbles in radiator water after starting engine. Also check if water steam comes out of exhaust.
cylinder head itself: same symtoms as for gasket above.
the type of water put in should not cause a leak. usually if there is a leak it can come from a split hose, a cracked or damaged antifreeze reservoir or a leaking radiator. try and use a leak "finder" an autoparts store may have one. pour the "finder" in and it usually turns the coolant and water a bright color. if you see it oozing out anywhere you might just ahve damaged parts
If the water pump is leaking, then you need to replace it, replace the thermostat as well. Make sure you have got all the air out of the cooling system, when you refill the coolant, by undoing the top hose of the radiator till water comes out, likewise with a heater hose, then start and check, when the temperature is right the fans should cut in, keep an eye on the temp guage whilst doing this.
Hope thgis helps
yes it is a very expensive repair, they (whom ever they are) may have seen a coolant stain on the area around below the pump under the car, if it goes it can overheat and cause serious engine damage very quickly. have u been under the car to look?