RAN OVER SOMETHING IN NISSAN ALTIMA, IMMEDIATLEY WE KNEW IT MESSED UP THE RADIATOR, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT? OVERHEATED OBVIOUSLY, MAKING NOISE, THEN JUST STOPPED WORKING
RAN OVER ANIMAL IN ROAD ON TEXAS INTERSTATE, UNK WHAT KIND. WE KNOW THE RADIATOR IS MESSED UP IS THERE ANY OTHER PARTS OR UNDER THE HOOD ISSUES TO BE CHECKED. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF ALLSTATE FULL COVERAGE INSURANCE COVERS THESE TYPE OF ACCIDENTS?
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There could be a whole lot of reasons.
Here are some, not in order of "what is most likely".
1) Your electrical "cooling-fan" circuit could be at fault.
This is the circuit that includes the radiator cooling fan, the engine block sensor, the electrical relay, and the wiring.
Any fault here will cause overheating.
2) Your water pump or drive belt could be at fault.
3) Your engine could have an air bubble that need to be cleared.
4) Although quite rare, check to be sure the lower radiator hose in not collapsing when the engine is revved ( such as when going down the road at 40-70 MPH)
Test bt feeling of it to be sure it is not "soft".
God bless your efforts.
you do not fill it to the top. if you lok at the side of the bottle, there is LOW mark HIGH mark. your level should be between those 2 marks. if you filled it all the way to the top, some will leak out when the car gets hot and then the level will go down when car cools off.
It may be the thermostat, but you should also check:-
1) Coolant level is at correct level (full) when checked cold- prior to running,
2) Cooling fan/s are running normally as they should when coolant temp rises,
3) A coolant hose on the suction side of the water pump is not collapsing (due softening) causing restricted coolant flow,
4) Radiator coolant core is not blocked, or radiator heat dispersion air fins blocked with insects/grass,
5) Engine does not have other running problems that cause it to overheat.
You might be lucky and only need a new radiator cap. The seal may have gone bad. If not there may be a small crack in the plastic of the radiator. It also sounds like you may need a new valve cover gasket. It's hard to tell without seeing what you have going on. :) Hopefully this helps get you going in the right direction.