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Vehicle overheated and died.

Dealership said that there was a coolant leak and the motor is fried

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    More than likely correct but that all depends on how hot it got. Does it turn over at all when you turn the key?



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I would not except that as a answer.. Fried is a shops bs answer.. Keep looking as I am

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Yep not a good sign when motor is fried,your up for big dollars.

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1997 Pontiac grand prix suddenly died while driving then brakes and steering locked up. When started back up steering was fine unroll it died again. Also running hot with water. Help

Since modern vehicles have power assisted steering and brakes, when the engine dies, you will lose all power assist features. This will make the steering and brakes very difficult to operate, but they will work with effort. As far as the overheating issue is concerned, if you are only running water in the cooling system, it will overheat. You need a 50/50 mixture of anti-freeze coolant in the system to properly maintain temperature. This also ensures water pump life as the anti-freeze acts as a lubricant to the water pump. If you have the proper mixture of anti-freeze in the system, check for coolant leaks that can cause low water levels. Also ensure that the radiator pressure cap is operating correctly. IF there are no leaks, the cap is good, and you are still overheating, then you need a mechanic to check out the system. The solution may be a simple as a thermostat, or as bad as a blown head gasket. AS far as the vehicle just dying in operation, there are a number of issue that can cause this. Have the vehicle scanned for error codes and work from there.

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Basic checks:- if your vehicle is overheating.

The below checks are generally intended to apply to any make of motor vehicle, (even though, to post this tip I had to select a particular make & model).

Overheating may be caused by many things.
Ensure engine tune or other mechanical disfunction is not contributing to the overheat problem.
Ensure there are no vacuum leaks on the engine air induction system.
If gas bubbles are apparent in the coolant reservoir when the engine is running the motor it may have a blown headgasket - (if confirmation is required, go to a radiator shop and request a "combustion gas detector" test).

If no obvious mechanical problems exist I suggest you carry out the following checks:-
1) Check coolant system is not leaking fluid due cracked/perished hose or hose fitting, leaking water pump etc,
2) Check engine cooling fan/s are operating as required when engine temp rises above cut-in threshold - check fan control relay is ok,
3) Check for collapsing radiator hose on suction side of water-pump when motor revs raised above idle.
4) Check coolant reservoir pressure cap is serviceable,
5) Check coolant system is properly filled - carry out any bleed off procedure specified to clear any air locks- (ensure heater core coolant flow is turned on).
6) Check condition of radiator core:-
i) for blockage of air flow to (bugs/grass etc),
ii) for core internal blockage to coolant flow.
7) Check or replace the thermostat.

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I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue that has a small coolant leak. It appears to be leaking somewhere under the motor on the drivers side of the vehicle. I ran it up yesterday and the fans seem to cycle...

Could be intake gaskets, Use a rad. cap/rad. pressure tester, dont pressurize system higher than the rad cap is rated for(psi). You might find the leak that way.

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My 1999 Chevy malibu keeps overheating even when the heater is on what is the problem?

You may have a radiator leak. Or your coolant level is low. Using the heater is not a solution to an overheating vehicle. You can usually smell coolant and see the leak. Often times a gasket can leak mixing engine oil and coolant, decreasing effectiveness of both sytems. Check color of fluids make sure the cooloant is viscus and not sludgy.

Also check coolant fan electric connections and fuses. The fan really cools down the engine moreso than coolant. It should kick on when your engine reaches a certain temp. If it does not the vehicle will overheat.

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2000 chevy cavalier need to replace the coolant reservouir went thru deep puddle, lost steering control. Belts, and because motor overheated it made a hole in the coolant resvouir. Need part number so I...

Just go to a parts store or dealership.You don`t need a part number they look it up per your vehicle for you.All you have to do is give them the year, make,model,and engine size.Hope this helps.Good luck.

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The intakes on these are bad to leak,this is most likely the problem,there has to be enough coolant in the system to flow correctly,and no air in the cooling system.

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99 deville head gasket leak?

A head gasket leak is usually indicated (among other things) by continous overheating of the motor, and subsequent loss of coolant.
It can also be indicated by the presence of engine combustion gas bubbles in the coolant resevoir.
Ensure the coolant system has no external leaks, such as faulty hose/s, radiator etc.

Ensure motor tune or other motor mechanical condition is not the cause of overheating.
I assume the motor is actually running hot.

Check cooling fans are operating ok (as necessary when car warms up):- if not check
1) fuse,
2) relay operation,
3) heat sensor switch.

Check/replace the thermostat,
Check the coolant pressure cap is serviceable & of correct rating,
Ensure cooling system is correctly filled, bleed off any airlocks as necessary when re-filling,
Ensure radiator hose on suction side of waterpump is not collapsing at engine revs above idle (due softening),
If the motor has been severely overheated, the head gasket could be blown - look for combustion gas bubbles in the coolant resevoir.

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Engine low coolant light/overheating engine with white smoke

The condensation inside the hood would bee from the coolant boiling out of the reservoir when it overheated. However, there must be a reason for the overheating and I can imagine it is not good. If you JUST purchased this car, you should be protected by the Lemon Law. Return the car to the dealership and insist that THEY find the problem or supply you with another car. 
If you have had it a while, then find  good mechanic before you warp the head and trash the motor.

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sounds like a freeze plug, when the motor is warm the metal expands and its seals itself, when it cools over night it leaks..

let them redo the test on a cold motor

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