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Engine overheats but not leaking at waterpump and not having any coolant loss out of exhaust. pressure builds and water boils out of overflow tank if i loosen radiator cap. waterpump makes whining noi

Took to mechanic was told it was head gasket after compression test. i have done a head gasket on astro van. there is no water or antifreeze in the cylinders

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    Steve Latina Apr 18, 2014

    thermostat is working but no flow thru radiator. took it to a marengo repair shop. was told the pump was ok but all around the pump and splash panel it is sticky like old antifreeze. radiator is full but no heat in car.

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Thermostat is good? may need to replace that.

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Testimonial: "thermostat is working fine, no heat to passenger compartment radiator is full but no flow."

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What is causing antifreeze to come out overflow tank?


Could be a defective radiator cap, or a leaking head gasket.

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Overheating


Doesn't sound like it ran hot enough or long enough to crack or warp the head. If there is a crack, the engine will continue to overheat. If a warped head, car would probably run rough, the affected cylinders would likely have little or no compression, there would be a noticeable miss, and overheating would continue.
Why the low coolant? It's a sealed system, so should never have to add coolant, other than a small loss from evaporation in the overflow tank. Monitor the level closely for the next few days. Note the level in the overflow tank to see if it drops over time. Leaks can be external anywhere in the coolant system-engine, radiator, hoses, heater core- or internal in the engine-head gasket failures can cause coolant in the cylinders (white smoke out the exhaust), or coolant in the oil (oil will have a milky brown look to it), or oil in the coolant (will see traces of oil in the radiator).
A couple of tests may be called for. A pressure test of the coolant system will check if the system holds pressure as it should-about 15 psi. If pressure does not hold, there is a leak somewhere. Water pumps usually leak through the weep hole when they fail. A radiator leak would show up when pressure is applied. If pressure does hold, check if you have a good radiator cap-the cap is what seals the system so pressure will maintain. Coolant under pressure raises it's boiling point by about 10 degrees, so is critical to keep the system under pressure.
If you suspect further problems-losing coolant or continued overheating-then have the chemical test done to check for exhaust gasses in the coolant. Basically a check if the head gasket is good, a simple test done at the radiator cap opening with a special fluid that changes color if hydrocarbons are present in the cooling system.
Or you could have a compression test of the cylinders to check the internal mechanical condition-not only tells you if head gasket is good, also tells you a lot about engine condition-even,. balanced, good compression in all cylinders translates into good power output-rings are good, valves are sealing good, all systems go.
The cooling system: water pump, thermostat, radiator, hoses, heater core and hoses, radiator cap, overflow tank, and the cooling fans and associated wiring. Make sure everything is working right and you'll be good to go.

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FORD FOCUS LOSING COOLANT SUDDENLY


Check for white smoke out the exhaust. If you have white smoke then you are burning coolant and probably have a blown headgasket. Another way for checking a blown headgasket is to open the coolant overflow tank and run the car. If you see constant bubbles in the coolant then you have a blown headgasket.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR IF the gasket it blown as the engine will overheat and the cylinder head can warp/crack.

If there is no white smoke from the exhaust and no bubbles in the coolant system there is probably jsut a leak in the coolant system, visually check all the pipes and check around the waterpump housing for leaks. If you can't see a leak then pressure test the coolant system. A pressure test will push coolant out the leak and should help you find where it is.

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Overheating coolant boiling out into reserve tank


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I keep geting a low coolant indicator when it first starts in the morningalso it keeps overflowing and boiling our of the overflow tank. This happens even when ythe coolant level is below full.


Either the thermostat is stuck in the closed position...or the engine cooling system cannot pressurize...both will cause an overheat condition.
A blown head gasket can cause overheat condition as well as fluid loss (boil over)

I'd maybe remove the thermostat and either just replace it or not have a thermostat installed just to see if it still boils over. If it boils over with no thermostat installed then you're getting into possible leak in cooling system...i.e. water pump weep hole, hose or radiator leak...or a blown head gasket.

Hope this helps...

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My car's fanbelt broken on high speed and I saw the temperature raised so I stopped immediately before it could overheat but then I saw the water leak out.After replacing the fanbelt I put Water in again...


Hi,
You did well by shutting down quickly.
Why did the water come out when you stopped after the fan belt broke???
Residual engine heat. The engine has fiery explosions going on in the cylinders. Very hot.
Antifreeze flowing through the water jackets of the engine carry this heat away. Fan belt breaks, water pump stops pumping this very hot coolant away, engine temp goes up.
Thus the coolant temp rises enough to boil and push the coolant past the pressurized radiator cap out the overflow onto the ground.
I would recommend a fifty fifty blend of antifreeze and water for coolant. It just cools better.
Not seeing any leaks is very good. Smart thinking on your part saved you money.
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I realise my engine lights comes on high coolant temp and when i opened the hood ,the coolant was dripping from the container you fill it at,can you please tell me possible problems


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My car is rumming hot and the antifreeze is leaking I'm thinking it's my water pump


It could be the water pump , or something else , like a faulty thermostat. Where is the coolant leaking from ? If it is leaking from the water pump , then yes , your pump might be toast.
If the thermostat is no good , the engine will warm up to normal temp , and then overheat quite quickly. As it overheats and the coolant expands and boils , it could back up into the overflow reservoir and leak out onto the ground. You need to get someone to diagnose the problem ASAP , running your engine in an overheat condition could very quickly blow your head gasket and/or warp a cylinder head. If you can , please post a bit more info. Does it run but at a higher than normal temp. Does it only overheat when stopped in traffic etc.
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I have to add coolent every day, but i have no visable leak overflow bottle fills, but never empties


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The heater hoses and those pesky little bypass hoses in the cooling system tend to go hard and split if they are over 10 years old. Check all hoses and clamps for a good tight fit and replace any hoses that have gone hard or have become soft and stretched. Those spring type hose clamps tend to be less effective in clamping as the hoses age. Worm drive ones are the best to use.

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I am leaking aintfreez i put a ole bottle of


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