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Northstar engine overheated i repaired problem now runs like it did when it was hot can barely drive it now. has error message service Stability system

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You must still have engine damage like a cracked block or cylinder head.

Posted on May 08, 2013

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My 1996 cadillac deville keeps running hot, I have changed the thermostat and had the cooling housing gasket changed but it still runs hot not all the time.


Do you have the Northstar engine? If so, there is an issue with head bolts pulling threads. Clues are periodic overheating. Look for exhaust in the cooling system. What happens is under load the compression gases push coolant out, and then you get overheat.
Pressure test the cooling system, there is a small hose that runs from the engine to the coolant tank, sometimes that plugs and air gets trapped. Some models suffer water pump impeller failure, easy to check with a special removal tool.
The head bolt issue is EXTREMELY expensive to fix correctly. Essentially you need to time-sert the bolt holes, and to do that you need to give a bare block to the machine shop.... Real bummer as the repair typically exceeds what is reasonable to invest in the vehicle, thereby rendering the vehicle useless.
I did repair mine, because I really liked the car.This issue should not happen.

Jun 05, 2011 | 1996 Cadillac DeVille

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Have a cadie 01 changed water pump and thurmostat and still over heating and running hot any ideas


Try to flush and fill with new fluid to get the passageways free of sediment.

Or, try to see if the fans are coming on at the right speed at operating temperature. May require new fans/relays/wiring to fix this problem.

I have a 1997 Cadillac Deville that was overheating its Northstar engine and it required service amounting to about $700.00 or so from an auto electric shop, but afterwards it ran cooler.

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When driving the engine runs hot, replace spark plugs because of misfiring due to overhead and sparks plugs just started back misfiring had radiator flush refill with dexcool and have replace a thermostat...


Suggest you look on the drivers side of the engine in the front, there is a black metal guard that covers a pulley that drives the water pump. Make sure the belt is not broken and that the water pump turns freely. Have the cooling system checked for exhaust gases, That is the way to check for blown head gaskets. Is there any coolant in the oil? The Northstar engine is designed to shut down cylinders one at a time to protect itself when overheating. Hope this will help you.

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I have a 99 deville w/ 32valve north star engine and i have problems with it over heating i changed the water pump the radiator and thermostat i have no leaks but it still wont stopover heating


It is probably a head gasket issue if you have replaced the thermo and the pump and it still overheats. You probably can drive it 15 minutes or so and then the gauge starts soaring towards overheat shortly there after. Under completely normal driving conditions. Northstar engine's actually don't overheat not from bad head gaskets (they aren't the defect issue) but the inferior bolts holding the heads to the block. The bolts have been found to be pulling out of the Northstar's soft aluminum block(this is the actual problem but it's blamed on the gaskets). Causing spaces between the block, gaskets and the head that allows hot exhaust air to seep into the coolant flow chambers. This why your have coolant bubbling out of the top of the overflow valve under the hood after only short drives. Under normal operation the engine is literally boiling it's own water supply. The head bolt issue is a design flaw by GM and one that leads to a great number of Northstar engines being crippled at well under 100K miles of driving. Only remedy is to have both heads pulled off the engine, the head bolt replaced with new gasket and you're all set. Bad new very labor intensive whcih = a several thousand dollar repair. I had it happen to my 1998 Concourse Deville. I feel your pain.

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Idles high, running temperature is 225 degrees and have to push on accelerator to start


hi,

are you familiar with the northstar engine?
first generation northstars are notorious for this kind of thing..
the engine is prone for metal fatigue/ warping of the heads, and stripped out head bolts, do you have documentation and service history for it?
these engines need a good mechanic to inspect and replace head bolts which strip out and need fixing. I will post a link at the bottom
once the engine is repaired correctly it should last a good long time
have it fixed correctly. I think someone has turned up the idle knob in an attempt to get the coolant flowing quicker to keep it cool.
its worth repairing if you have the money..

jm

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/northstar-performance-technical-discussion/976-overheating-northstar.html

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