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Overheating and seems like clutch slipping!

Basically i just bought a 2000 model puma, starting off with the biting point on the clutch is very very high, and once managed to set off when i get to about 2000 revs, and you put your foot down a little to go the car revs round but is not moving in correspondance at all. Also the heaters on the car dont blow warm, and then the temperature gauge goes to hot!!! and when opening the bonnet (where the hoses come through to the dash) there is a bubbling noise and steaming (smoldering in a way). Is this common.... HELP!!!!!! (we now have no transport)

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  • antmuscroft Feb 02, 2009

    thank you for the reply so quickly, will put the information to the mechanic tomoz and get back to you, thanks again

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Is there any water in the floor board? Does a oily film cover your windshield? If so your problem is your heater core. If not, then start with your coolant resivoir. Are you replacing coolant? You need to check the resivoir for leaks also the air tube from the radiator to the resivoir. If its clogged and not letting air flow then this will cause most of your problems. You also need to replace your thermostat. this is typical behavior of the thermostat going bad.
check all your hoses including the ones coming from your heater core. Are they kinked in any way. Also, is there any blockage from the heater core. If its just clogged and letting water flow once its really hot. This can be tested after changing your thermostat. if the problem persists bipass the heater core and see if the problem still egsists. If it goes away change the heater core. Also how is the water pump. if you change the water pump, make them change the timing belt. other wise you will be paying for them to go back and change the timeing belt in a couple of months.

its apparent you have some other problems too, but lets deal with one at a time. See if this helps and get back with me. Then I can help with the others.

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