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Why is the water in my radiator/overflow tank boiling?

Temperature gauge inside reads normal, but water in radiator/overflow tank is boiling. no water in oil, no water in exhaust pipe.

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SOURCE: I have a 2001 crysler 300. I just got a new radiator and the transmission coolant box. my water overflow tank keeps boiling and i would like to know if it's a major job to fix it and what am i loo

Could be a vapor lock in the water cooling system. Check and see if there is a bleeder screw on the system. most are located on the thermostat housing.. may have it or may not. If fan is electric make sure it is connected and working properly. Could be that the thermostat is sticking also and needs to be replaced.... I have found that in some cases when replacing a radiator that the cap doesnt fit right and would only be the case if radiator has a cap. Worst case would be that water pump is bad and does not have to leak to be bad.. Sometime the water impeler that moves the water through system which is on the waterpump simply stops working.. could also be blown head or head gasket.....These are all thing that can make it overheat..My suggest is to try simple thing first. 1. make sure fan is working 2. check with auto store and see if your cars coolant system requires bleeding for vapor lock. 3. replace thermostat and radiator cap if it has one....If none of these work then comes the money if you need to replace waterpump or head or head gasket. more than likely nits not these two but im just giving all possible thing it could be.....good luck and if you find this info helpful then Please leave a rating on this post.....anymore problems fill free to contact me...

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SOURCE: water was boiling and spraying from overflow / reservoir tank from what appears to be a factory made hole. was there a plug in there that might have rotted off and caused this?

well that mean that oone your thermostat is not opening or your water pump or possible that a hose might be collapsing to cause the water not to flow

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 chrysler concorde radiator overflow tank hoses leaking

It sound like there may be a small leak in the cooling system. You can check this by pressurizing the cooling system. You can buy a pressure checker for about 100 dollars. It will usually show up leaks that are small because you can pressurize the system cold and it won't evaporate.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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SOURCE: drove car 8 to ten miles and heat light came one got home and water or coolant boiled over into overflow tank

Sounds like the thermostat is stuck closed.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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SOURCE: sebring 2004, 2.6 ltr, is getting over heated just after 5 mint of starting, its temperature goes to maximum and water in reservoir start boiling

Replace thermostat. It doesn't work putting coolant in the small circuit.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012

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