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96 jettta overheating

The car is overheating and we have changed the water punp took out the themastater changed the timing chain what else could it be

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  • itsme333 May 29, 2009

    it nit the rad. we flushed it out aswell

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    we have done everything that i can think of but it started to get hot after we put the new water pump in i am thinking that its bad........

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    ok if you think that the rad. is bad let me tell you whatis is doing .First thing it is presureried ??? system you can not put the water in the rad. you have to put it in the resuvar that is not beside the rad it goes to the resurvar then the motor then the rad i think so what happens is you put the water in thr res. and it dont move it just gets hot and if you have the lid off it startspitting it out there is not a termastate we took it off thought that was what is was but not it nither help ........

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    OK WHAT HE DID WAS TOOK THE TOP HOSE OFF THE RADIATOR AND PUT THE WATER HOSE IN THE RAD. AND THE WATER WENT THUR THR RAD AND OUT THE BOTTEM HOLE . BUT SO YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT I NEED TO TAKE THE RESERVOIR OFF THE CAR AND CLEAN IT OUT OR JUST THE RESERVIOR HOSES OFF AND CLEAN THEM .........

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    HAVE ANOTHER ? ABOUT A FORD EXPLORER I HOOKED UPP MY STEREO THAT HAS THE LITTLE TV SCREEN IN IT ON THE FRONT PANAL NOT THE KIND THAT COMES OUT JUST THE KIND THAT IS THERE BUT WHEN I TURN ON THE PARK LIGHT OR THE HEAD LIGHT ON THE SCREEN TURNS OFF YOU CAN HEAR THE MUSIC AND TURN THE SOUND UP AND DOWN BUT YOU CANT SEE THE SCREEN NOR CAN YOU CHANGE THE CHANLE OT SONG WHAT DO I NEED TO DO

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    THE OIL LOOKS JUST FINE I DONT THINK THE HEADS ARE CRACKED NOR NOTHING LIKE THAT THERE IS NO WHITE SMOKE NOTHING OF THAT KIND

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    okay well thanks for the info we will probley check the water pump then take the rad to get cleaned out by a perfestion person or just get anotherr one as for the ford we ran all new wires and and the stereo is a kenwood that i bought about 6 mo ago but befor i had bought the same kind off stereo both beind a cd dvd player and but diff. name brand and it did the same thing but the stereo that came with the truck worked just fine never had a prob. but it was not a cd it was a cass. player the ford is a 97



  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    why not and what is the by pass

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    iam the one that drives that car so its ok i dont watch it i usally have a cartoon or something for the kids i dont have the ones in the back yet

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    WHAT DO I ASK FOR

  • itsme333 May 30, 2009

    its a kenwood i will have to find the box we just moved let me look for it

  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010
  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    give me the deck brand and model number and I'll look it up for you..



  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    You can get a bypass switch from sellers on ebay..



  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    the bypass is an aftermarket ...I don't recommend it because it puts video in the view of the driver...that's why they lock it out...
    Safety hazard if your driver is watching a movie in traffic...


  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    about your audio... many decks have a screen lockout that will shut the picture off to the deck screen if the parking brake is not engaged.. yours may have something similar..
    It can run video to an secondary screen in the rear seat... it's a safety factor so the DRIVER of the car isn't watching videos while driving...
    all the decks are getting this way... there is a bypass for this but I don't recommend it at all.


  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Nothing on the oil dipstick, says the issue is your radiator.

    As far as the explorer goes, that's a total different issue, and I have seen something similar once. It was a stock stereo in another ford, and when the headlight were turned on, the display on the stereo would go really dim. I was not able to track it down. It had all stock wiring harness', and the only thing I didn't check was the actual light dimmer switch.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Take a quick look at your oil dipstick. Look for a white mucky substance, or coolant, then let me know what you find.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    I you think the liquid isn't making it from your coolant reservoir to the radiator, remove it and clean it, and replace the hose. You should be able to add liquid directly to the the radiator with a funnel. And yes, the coolant should flow freely with the thermostat removed, and if it isn't (which it obviously isn't) the radiator has to be restricting it's flow, or your engine is so corroded inside that nothing can flow through it. Your symptoms still point to your radiator.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Just because you flushed the radiator doesn't mean your radiator is good. I seriously doubt your new water pump is bad. The work you've already performed, and your symptoms, say your radiator is bad.

  • KEN LaPOINT
    KEN LaPOINT May 11, 2010

    could be the radiator is plugged and needs to be cleaned..
    have you tried back flushing it?
    You can do this by disconnecting the upper and lower hoses, taking a garden hose and putting it in the upper hose of the radiator and with compressed air (put a rag in the end of the hose wrapped around the running garden hose, leave a space for an air nozzle).
    blow it out several times.
    the other alternative is to have the radiator "rodded". A radiator shop can remove the top of the tank on the radiator, and push a rod through each tube, cleaning it out.

    You can also get inexpensive radiator replacements online in one day...



  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Could be a bad radiator.

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If it has an electric fan check the coolant fan temperature switch if your car has a/c turn it on and see if the fan comes on it should when the a/c is switched on if not the fan motor may be bad

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