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Can a leak in the radiator overheat my engine

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Eventually yes. with bad results. in the mean time keep topping up your radiator with coolant. not just water as this can corrode the water jacket inside the engine and restrict coolant flow. i would replace the radiator soon as.

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What cause of overheat from engine


an engine will overheat if the rad cooling fan is not working, this will have to be check to see if its the fan motor, the fan relay. low coolant level, top up coolant check for leaks. could be head gasket problem, bad water pump(impeller worn).

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Car is overheating


Hello,
when the car overheats, is there still water in the radiator?
If there is water in the radiator and the car overheats, then it means there might be some dirt or blockage in the radiator or condenser.
When the car is on the motion, air passes through the front and assists the fan to cool the engine. there are situation whereby air doesn't have free flow because of blockage in the radiator and condenser. Dust and debris can cause blockage. If this be the case, have your radiator washed thoroughly and cleaned.
If there is no water in the radiator when the car overheats, then there is a probably a leakage from the water pump. Or maybe your fan isn't blowing properly. The fan might be blowing weak air.
The above are what could cause your engine to over heat.
So start the check from the radiator. Poor water into the radiator, wait for some minutes, look under the car and observe if water is going to leak. If there is a leak, it might be from the water pump or a leaking hose.
If water from radiator has no leak, have your radiator washed and clean the condenser has they might block air that is suppose to cool the engine.
Also, make sure your fan is blowing properly or well enough to cool the engine.
Make sure you have the above checked thoroughly as they are the major causes of problems like this.
This overheating problem could lead to a burnt gasket and this can dry the engine oil which will eventually knock the engine. So have this problem fixed to prevent further damage that will cost you more money.
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Car is overheating


Hello,
when the car overheats, is there still water in the radiator?
If there is water in the radiator and the car overheats, then it means there might be some dirt or blockage in the radiator or condenser.
When the car is on the motion, air passes through the front and assists the fan to cool the engine. there are situation whereby air doesn't have free flow because of blockage in the radiator and condenser. Dust and debris can cause blockage. If this be the case, have your radiator washed thoroughly and cleaned.
If there is no water in the radiator when the car overheats, then there is a probably a leakage from the water pump. Or maybe your fan isn't blowing properly. The fan might be blowing weak air.
The above are what could cause your engine to over heat.
So start the check from the radiator. Poor water into the radiator, wait for some minutes, look under the car and observe if water is going to leak. If there is a leak, it might be from the water pump or a leaking hose.
If water from radiator has no leak, have your radiator washed and clean the condenser has they might block air that is suppose to cool the engine.
Also, make sure your fan is blowing properly or well enough to cool the engine.
Make sure you have the above checked thoroughly as they are the major causes of problems like this.
This overheating problem could lead to a burnt gasket and this can dry the engine oil which will eventually knock the engine. So have this problem fixed to prevent further damage that will cost you more money.
Regards.

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If the car overheats is it cause the alternater?


No. its either radiator , engine cooling fan, coolant leaks, thremostat, or worst headgasket. Acura are popular for radiator being broken at the seam of the radiator.So check for leaks, now if the cooling fan doesnt come on the yes it will overheat, so the operation has to be monitored a engine cannot go pass 215 F there it can be damage, now the thermostat need to open at a cerain degree . or it will cause overheating and not allow cool fluid to enter the engine area. and the radiator cap must be able to sustain a certain pressure in order to keep the car from overheat, water boils at 110 F so a radiator cap rated for your engine must be specification for every one pound of pressure it increase the boiling point 10 degrees. 210 is fuel control you should not exceed this temperature. radiator are popular for getting plugged internally.

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There may be a thermostat problem, but your symtoms indicate low coolant level. When coolant is too low, it will not circulate, so you get no heat in car, and the coolant remaining in engine block overheats because no cool fluid coming in.
You need to fill the system up properly then look for leaks.
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My car is rumming hot and the antifreeze is leaking I'm thinking it's my water pump


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