Question about Cars & Trucks
Dont waste your time ,its a pressure build up which can only be one thing and thats a head gasket ,but check this out first and thats when the engine warm turn it off as the electric cooling fan can start at any time and feel the centre of the rad in case its cold ,also that the water is circulating as a plastic impeller on a water pump can come adrift from the metal drive shaft.If both these things appear ok then its a head gasket or a corroded water port on the head facing maybe even the block facing as well .Who can tell without stripping it down to look first
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Maintenance Toyota Solara 2000
I have kept my cars running for a long time (250k+) by changing fluids as u are doing, and fixing things right away, not letting them develop into bigger problems, so u are destined to have your car for a long time! Many of the maintenance items u list are typically NEVER done by anyone, but they should be. Here's what I recommend from many years of maintaining my cars:
ps flush-50k or 5 yrs
brake fluid flush- every time u have brakes replaced.
Rad.drain, flush, fill -new coolant is said to be good for life of car, I would flush and refill 50/50 coolant water mix every 4 years.
Fuel Injection- I'll get flak over this, but I never do anything to the system, just change your fuel filter every 2 years, or 20k
Trans Flush-don't have it done if they '**** out' the fluid from the dipstick tube. I consider that method a waste. Have the pan removed to drain it, and replace the trans filter if equipped w/ one (u can't change the filter if u **** the fluid out of the dipstick.) Also, some vehicles have a magnet on the bottom of the trans. pan, which collects fine shavings from normal wear and tear (and pieces of metal from a trans. about to go bad). U need to drop the pan to clean this crud off the magnet.
oil and filter (good quality filter-cheap junky ones are much lighter than a quality one) every 3k or twice a year whichever comes 1st
I'll add: air filter- every 20k or once a year
check tire air pressure once a month, rotate tires for even wear (every 5k miles) Can I buy your well maintained car when u r ready to sell it?
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
Could be a few things. That I know of. Is the rad still good and does it have all the fins on it. If it doesn't it may not be "removing" the heat efficiently enough. Also where i live there are Summer and Winter Thermostats. Could you have gotten a winter one and tried to drive it in summer? I dont know what car you have either. The rad isnt being blocked by some aftermarket body kit? which would deflect air while driving around? Also make sure the catalytic converter isnt plugged. A friend of mine noticed his cat was red hot while it was plugged. That could transfer heat into the engine.. although i think this would be rare. Also make your if it is automatic, that it has the proper amount of tranny fluid. I've had transmissions burn up and caused the engine to heat up as well. (you could check to make sure the auto tranny fluid is a nice pink colour) If it is dark red or brown it definatly needs to be changed. And you could have an air blockage in the engine...blocking the coolant.. or have a faulty guage or sensor.
Posted on Jun 16, 2009
Remove and raise upper hose at thermostat end and remove lower rad hose.
Fill rad with a hose and watch for flow from bottom rad hose and/ or bottom rad hose connecton.......water should fall though rad easily.
Honda rads are cheap.....any restriction....replace rad.
Remove thermostat....fill thermostat housing with hose and watch for water flow at bottom rad hose.
Remove heater hoses.......flush back and forth until a good flow is present "With heater control set to hot" if no or poor flow....replace heater core.
Stop leak can plug everything.
Also.......not likely causing over heating....but ....at your mileage,if you do not know if the timing belt has been changed.....CHANGE IT NOW!
Water pump is optional at this mileage.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
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