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Vehicle overheats easily. Sure it needs either a water pump replacement or a thermostat replacement.

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Which engine, mileage?

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    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    are the cooling fans cycling on time?

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Try your fan frist turn on heater on high then see if the fan kicks on if not turn on a/c on high and if it still didn't kick on then its the fan

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Check if the cooling fan cuts in if so see if the radiator is hot? If the rad is not hot probably needs a thermostat if it is hot could be water pump or head gasket

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1999 Cadillac Eldorado ,overheating changed thermostat , overflow cap ,no white smoke coming from exhaust.hot blowing from heater


Are the cooling fans coming on ? Go under the hood in the engine compartment , with the vehicle running have some one turn on the A/C , do you see and or hear the cooling fans come on ? Could be the coolant temperature gauge is bad ! How many miles on the vehicle ? Ever have water pump replaced ?

1

Check for a loss of system pressure.
Is there a loss of system pressure?
--
Go to Step 2 yes
Go to Step 3 no

2

Inspect and repair any faulty hose connections.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 3 yes
System OK

3

Check for low coolant protection (-37?°C/-34?°F).
Is there low coolant protection (-37?°C/-34?°F)?
--
Go to Step 4 yes
Go to Step 5 no

4

Test solution. Replace the coolant if necessary.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 5 yes
System OK

5

Check the water pump belt for low tension.
Is the water pump belt tension too low?
--
Go to Step 6 yes
Go to Step 7 no

6

Replace the water pump belt tensioner.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 7 yes
System OK

7

Check for an inoperative thermostat bypass.
Is the thermostat bypass inoperative?
--
Go to Step 8 yes
Go to Step 9 no

8

Replace the bypass.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 9 yes
System OK

9

Check the water pump.
Is the water pump inoperative?
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Go to Step 10 yes
Go to Step 11 no

10

Replace the water pump.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 11 yes
System OK

11

Check the radiator fins for obstruction.
Are the radiator fins obstructed?
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Go to Step 12 yes
Go to Step 13 no

12

Inspect and clean the radiator fans.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 13 yes
System OK

13

Check the cooling system passage for obstruction.
Is the cooling system passage blocked?
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Go to Step 14 yes
Go to Step 15 no

14

Inspect and flush the system. Reroute or replace the hose if necessary.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 15 yes
System OK

15

Check the water pump belt for damage.
Is the water pump belt damaged?
--
Go to Step 16 yes
Go to Step 17 no

16

Replace the water pump belt.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to step 17 yes
System OK

17

Check the cooling fans.
Are the cooling fans inoperative?
--
Go to Step 18 yes
Go to Step 19 no

18

  1. Inspect the electrical connector. Replace if necessary.
  2. Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 19 yes
System OK

19

Check the throttle body circuit flow.
Is the throttle body circuit flow restricted?
--
Go to Step 20
Go to Step 21

20

  1. Inspect the orifice and associated hose. Replace if necessary.
  2. Does the engine still overheat?
--
Go to Step 21
System OK

21

Check for a stuck thermostat.
Is the thermostat stuck in the closed position?
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Go to Step 22
--

22

Replace the thermostat.
Does the engine still overheat?
--
--
System OK

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2002 mitsubishi montero 3.5L is overheating -replaced the sensor and sending unit, thermostat and coolant. Still overheats. No leaks from the water pump or head gasket. Does the water pump function with...


Hello and welcome to FixYa! If you have overheating problem, it can lead to multipleissues. You may be running on low coolant that's why the vehicle overheats. Ifthat's the case, please add coolant and make sure that it sits on the rightlevel, too much coolant can cause overheating too for coolant will overflow. The vehicle may have a faulty or worn out radiator blowermotor that's why it overheats. If that's the case then you will need a blowermotor replacement to resolve the issue. If the radiator is clogged with dirt and rusts this issueoccurs too. The coolant doesn't flow normally on the cooling system if it'sclogged. If that's the case, I strongly suggest that you have the radiatorflushed to drain out dirt and rusts. If you think that the radiator served youenough then it's better to have it replaced. Please do check the radiator hoses, If you have worn outhoses it can cause coolant leakage which can result to overheating. A tiny holeis good enough for the vehicle to overheat. A faulty thermostat sensor can cause the issue too. If youhave worn out thermostat, the fan may not trigger that's why the fan won't workwhen under stressed conditions. A blown radiator blower fuse can cause thisissue too so I suggest that you check the radiator blower fuse and replace itwhen necessary. What causes the radiator blower fan fuse to blow? It's becauseof a failing radiator blower motor, If that's the case have the radiator blowerfan motor replaced. If the fluid in radiator doesn't circulate then it meansthat you have a blown head gasket or a faulty water pump. I suggest that you gofor the water pump replacement first specially if you think that it's near theend of it's service life. Usually, water pops out the radiator when engine isreved (a sign of faulty water pump and possible blown head gasket). Hope you find this information helpful enough and thank youfor using FixYa! Have a good one!

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I have a 2000 plymouth breeze an it keeps runing hot. But...the temp gauge isnt sayin anythinys wrong but i can hear an smell it running hot. My fans are working. The 1st guy said that it might be my...


Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome to the site. They all are right. Anyone of those parts can cause overheating. The most common issue is the thermostat though, followed by the water pump. You could have a defective coolant sensor. If you have a bad head gasket, it will cause overheating. If you change the water pump, change the valve and the impeller also. Do this. Check your coolant level first and make sure it is level. You said fans are good. Make sure the radiator is good and is getting fluid inside it. Make sure there are no leaks. Check all coolant hoses. Like I said, the most common issue is a sticking thermostat or a bad one. Next, I would say the water pump.

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Hello and welcome to FixYa! If you have overheating problem, it can lead to multipleissues. You may be running on low coolant that's why the vehicle overheats. Ifthat's the case, please add coolant and make sure that it sits on the rightlevel, too much coolant can cause overheating too for coolant will overflow. The vehicle may have a faulty or worn out radiator blowermotor that's why it overheats. If that's the case then you will need a blowermotor replacement to resolve the issue. If the radiator is clogged with dirt and rusts this issueoccurs too. The coolant doesn't flow normally on the cooling system if it'sclogged. If that's the case, I strongly suggest that you have the radiatorflushed to drain out dirt and rusts. If you think that the radiator served youenough then it's better to have it replaced. Please do check the radiator hoses, If you have worn outhoses it can cause coolant leakage which can result to overheating. A tiny holeis good enough for the vehicle to overheat. A faulty thermostat sensor can cause the issue too. If youhave worn out thermostat, the fan may not trigger that's why the fan won't workwhen under stressed conditions. A blown radiator blower fuse can cause thisissue too so I suggest that you check the radiator blower fuse and replace itwhen necessary. What causes the radiator blower fan fuse to blow? It's becauseof a failing radiator blower motor, If that's the case have the radiator blowerfan motor replaced. If the fluid in radiator doesn't circulate then it meansthat you have a blown head gasket or a faulty water pump. I suggest that you gofor the water pump replacement first specially if you think that it's near theend of it's service life. Usually, water pops out the radiator when engine isreved (a sign of faulty water pump and possible blown head gasket). Hope you find this information helpful enough and thank youfor using FixYa! Have a good one!

Jan 16, 2011 | 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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MY CONTOUR IS OVER HEATING


Most people think of this is a common problem of the thermostat. To make sure it is not the only problem, run your car a day or two without the thermostat to make sure it is not overheating anymore, then put in a new thermostat. Your problem is solved.
However, if your engine still has overheat without the thermostat, then there is a problem with restriction of coolant circulation through the engine from 3 followings:
1- Radiator clogged up.
2- Water pump is bad.
3- Water jacket is clogged up.
A shop can easily determine if the water pum bad or not.
Make sure to find a reputation shop since a yo-yo shop can change your water pump first then later on determine the clogged up radiator is the culprit while you are not actually needing a water pump at the first place. Why, a good water pump still causes overheat since the radiator is clogging up. My advise is not to use a rebuilt radiator, go with a brand new one. It can last you 10 years instead of 2 years on the rebuilt one. Good luck.

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