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99 v6 camaro overheats and heater not working

In the past 2 yrs i have had the following fixed:
approx 2 yrs ago the H2Opump
approx 6 months ago the radiator
approx 4 months ago head gasket and repaired small cracks in heads
approx 4 months ago catalytic converter car is running hot and the heater blows cold air.
I just had it in the shop fixing the latter 3 on the list. when the mechanic was done fixing the heads he said it was still running hot a little and he was trying to find out why. I drove the car for approx 3 months with no problem. when it got cold i attempted to use my heater only to get cold air. in an attempt to fix this i changed the thermostat which at this time i noticed the mechanic had cut the spring and valve parts of the thermostat out in order to make it free-flow. upon driving it after installing a new thermostat it ran hot. to say the least i'm pissed at this point. after that i cut the thermostat i installed in order for it to run cool again until i could take it back in, only this time it stayed running hot with the cut thermostat. does anyone have an idea what could be the cause of such a problem?

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  • layth_27 Jan 11, 2009

    ok thx, he sayed pretty much what mrgreenz said. thecracks were small and not all the way through so they ground em out and filled em (one on each head and they were prepped for the new gaskets at the same time). yeah im trying to get back to the shop to **** him but havent had the time. thx again

  • work4it1 May 11, 2010

    Well sounds like you got scamed. First off shops cant repair heads if they are cracked they would need to be replaced. You would need to be a major engine rebuilding shop with hunderds of thousands of dollars in special equiptment to fix them. When they did the head job did they replace both head gaskets ? also when you do a job this big they should have sent out the heads to a machine shop there they would check them for cracks and also clean and pressure test the valves check ya paper work and see if they did any of this if not its possible they did half the job pulled the heads spanked in gaskets and put it back together this would save the a few hundread dollars but like they probly found out when they were done the car still over heated that is why they cut that stat and if you take it back they probly would say that it just broke. do you're own little investigation get back to me with any ??



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My dad used to weld the cracks with JB weld. He would make aV shape line in the crack with a grinder and fill it in. I had a 79 GMC pickup that he fixed. I sold the truck several years later and it never leaked.But then again the heads were cast iron then.If your loosing coolant . That's why your heater is not working and your car . Take it back as WORKFORIT1 suggested and tell them about it.You are the one paying for it.

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