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I WOULD SAY NO BECAUSE WATER ONLY CIRCULATES WHEN YOU TURN ON THE HEATER, BUT IF YOUR VEHICHLE CONTINUES TO OVERHEAT IT COULD BE 5 THINGS. CLOGGED RADIATOR,RADIATER HOSES.THERMOSTAT,RADIATER FAN SENSOR OR THE WATER PUMP
suggest that you rent a pressure tester from auto zone or advance auto and preform a pressure test on your cooling system. follow the instructions on the test of pressure to your cooling system,also check for coolant leaks onto the ground from radiator area. may be bad water pump,broken hose,heater hose,upper radiator,lower radiator,or a bad radiator itself. a simple pressure tester will reveal the coolant leak. but make sure to follow the instructions with the pressure tester,as you can damage your coolant system otherwise. thank you for choosing fixya.com
Water pump might not be flowing fast enough. Be sure fans actually turn on instead of just sitting there. Change oil. You could have something in the motor causing excessive heat. Piston friction or cam problems ect. Try a synthetic oil.
Radiator can't handle the load.. Just make sure the fans are pulling air... One way to see if the radiator is at fault is to try turning the heater on high... If the temps stay cooler the radiator has had it. Turning the heater on in emergency is good to know so I hope this helps.
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It could be just air in the system, or it could be the heater matrix just by your feet, fitted central dash, check to see if the two water pipes that go into the car from the engine compartment are hot if there is only one that is then thats your problem, but if they are both cold the problem is more to do with where the water is coming from, please let me know how you get on
remove coolant.remove thermostat remove bottom radiator hose to water pump.put a empty container under the radiator.take a water hose put it where thermostat goes flush out the rust in block.watch the water as it come out the water pump .if stream water is small keep flushing until you get a study sream of clear water. also flush out radiator. lower water pressure dont flush radiator it with high water pressure you could burst it. make clean the over flow jug .make sure it not stopped up.put in a new thermostat and radiator pressure cap. fill radiator with half antifreeze and half water.bleed the coolant system.