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Ok so my car was overheating to the extend th(2001 Polo Classic 1.6)at the water will boil ,spill out and dissapear. Mechanic said it was the thermostat. Bought a new one,nothn changed.Mechanic said the water pump was leaking bought a new one. Nothing changed. The fan wld turn on wen temperature reachs maximum. From 110 -max. By then water will be boilin and spilling over. After changing all this nothn changed. New fan swicth,thermostat and pump ...still the same. Now the car has a new problem the car struggles to start after packing it for a while.i have to turn the key 7 to 10times and then press the acc pedal continuesly. I can feel the engine shakin and even the car shaking heavingly.the car will need to idle for 10 to 20mnts then it will change to a beta idling sound. Im realy stressed wat cld that be. Minor or major problem or what ?

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Major Problem

Most likely a bad head gasket

Sounds like the shop you went to is useless
& can not diagnose a thing,most likely they never do.
Their parts changers

The old thermostat can be put in a pot of boiling
water & tested

The water pump may have had a gasket leak or seal leak
& needed to be replaced, but you can tell if it is a problem

Obviously the place you went can't & doesn't care

Posted on May 16, 2014

  • terry May 16, 2014

    True man. This pple dnt give a dam. I went back asked them to remove the themostat and connect the fan directly it seems beta but still the water reachs high temps.i thnk yu re very right about the gasket.

  • Anonymous May 16, 2014

    Don't use it if it overheats until you get it fixed or you ruin the valves & other things


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The only thing you need to change for the heating issue is the radiator. The engine shaking sounds well isf I were you I would get a diagnostic check. they can plug it to a machine and it will give off some errors that might point to whats wrong..

Posted on May 16, 2014


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Are you putting the thermostat in correctly? It it will not work backwards.

And to confirm that there isn't a different problem, take the thermostat out all together and see if it overheats.

Engine not fully warming up is not usually caused by the thermostat. Stats usually fail closed, not open.

You will want to check the water temperature sending unit or gauge after verify the water temperature with an external calibrated thermometer. You can attach and insulate the external thermometer to the housing where thermostat is located.

Reply back what you figure out. I will be happy to help you further.

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Hello and welcome to FixYa!

If you have overheating problem, it can lead to multiple issues. You may be running on low coolant that's why the vehicle overheats. If that's the case, please add coolant and make sure that it sits on the right level, too much coolant can cause overheating too for coolant will overflow.

The vehicle may have a faulty or worn out radiator blower motor that's why it overheats. If that's the case then you will need a blower motor replacement to resolve the issue.

If the radiator is clogged with dirt and rusts this issue occurs too. The coolant doesn't flow normally on the cooling system if it's clogged. If that's the case, I strongly suggest that you have the radiator flushed to drain out dirt and rusts. If you think that the radiator served you enough then it's better to have it replaced.

Please do check the radiator hoses, If you have worn out hoses it can cause coolant leakage which can result to overheating. A tiny hole is good enough for the vehicle to overheat.

A faulty thermostat sensor can cause the issue too. If you have worn out thermostat, the fan may not trigger that's why the fan won't work when under stressed conditions. A blown radiator blower fuse can cause this issue too so I suggest that you check the radiator blower fuse and replace it when necessary. What causes the radiator blower fan fuse to blow? It's because of a failing radiator blower motor, If that's the case have the radiator blower fan motor replaced.

Hope you find this information helpful enough and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

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SOURCE: 2002 PT Cruiser LE (no Turbo) Overheating. (Fan

There is no machine for this,however a VERY skilled auto electric shop might be able to help.They really have to have a Gift with car wiring to fix your problem,it can be FIXED,find the right shop in your area.I will try and think this through to help you,this is what I used to do,It's not a book problem it is experience that will fix your car. I do have a question? How does your car run without the AC on?

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SOURCE: 1993 Toyota Tercel overheating when driving only

Make sure the radiator is clear of debris
Try a different coolant. Stay away from the Red stuff
When changinging the thermostant go for a 180 or less. It sounds like your thermostat open when it really heats up. Get a lower thermostat.

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 bmw z3 conv. 1.9 overheated, changed

hi jasso, I would recommend checking the water pump if you see no flow in the radiator. Make sure when you fill up the cooling system, that you fill it cold, and that the vent screw in the radiator is loose. fill system until fluid comes out the vent screw. tighten the screw, start the car and have someone run at 1500rpm and check for flow.also, make sure that you have your temp setting full hot and blower on middle speed so that you don't trap air in the heater core.

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