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97 northstar purges coolant after 50 miles tested cooling system..... i might be crazy but this thermostat before the water pump system makes no sense i think with the restriction of water to the pump

Water plus air plus heat gets steam steam makes pressure shure to be in excess of radiator cap range?

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Can you explain your problem more ?
The thermostat should be at the end of the upper or lower radiator hose to block flow to the radiator. The spring must be on the engine side to get the engine heat to open.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013

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It's the head gasket. I've had all that work done and finally found out that it's the head gasket.

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did you run a compression check? if so and its good then you have a blockage in the water jacket
if not then you have a head gasket leaking

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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ok...here is my experience with our 1999 Deville. We had the same problem with ours almost 8 months until we had the coolant flushed and filled. That is when our problem reared its ugly head. As you probably already know, this Northstar engine does have well known issues with head gasket failure as well as head bolt issues and last but not least, thermostat problems. If you haven't had an "official" overheat ( not just the coolant low light, but a true blue overheat where car has safety to shut down or run on half the cylinders) you should be fine and your engine healthy enough to repair.

I would dare say it is your head gasket. The first thing you should do is pressure test your sytem, this will diagnose whether or not it is infact your head gasket. It could also be a head bolt(s) that pull from the block when car gets too hot. If either of these things are the problem, be prepared for the investment and be sure that whoever does the work on your engine knows how to diagnose whether your engine is good enough to repair. Cadillac service bulletins instruct dealerships to replace the engine in this case, but you can repair an engine that is healthy enough. It is costly and you must love your car, but if the love is TRUE, you will love it more when it is repaired.

You did mention that the oil is fine...I know you wereprobably looking for coolant.....when these head gaskets go, the coolant doesnt necessarily mix with the oil, in fact, we didnt have that problem at all. Our coolant was shooting out the tailpipe and evaporating. You could probably check your spark plugs for coolant residue, but you would have to be sure to check them all, because you will probably have the problem in only 1 cylinder. The best way to get a yes or no is the pressure test. Good Luck!

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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SOURCE: replaced water pump. thermostat. radiator, filled

Try backflushing,if this doesn't solve the problem,..then it could be the distributor,they can make the car run hot if the are going out.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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Check for coolant flow at the Purge line,this is a common problem on the Northstar.
There is a small diameter hose coming from near the top of the coolant tank,this is the purge line.
With the engine idling,pull the purge line from the tank,if there is no coolant flow from this small hose,it is blocked and this will cause overheating.If the hose is clear, check for blockage at the nipple on the tank.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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