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CAR HAS NO AC AND WILL OVERHEAT

WHEN CAR IS AT IDLE IN LOCATION WHERE THERE IS NO AIR FLOW, TEMP GUAGE MOVES INTO RED WITH 2-3 MINS. AC QUIT WORKING LAST YEAR, NOW BOTH THE ENGINE FAN AND COOLING FAN WILL NOT WORK, WE HARD WIRED THE FANS AND THEY WILL WORK THAT WAY, FUSES ARE OK AND RELAYS ARE OK...LOOKING AT REPLACING THE TEMP SENSOR NOW...AM I HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

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  • cmitchell949 Jun 24, 2009

    COOLANT LEVEL IS OK AND WILL HAVE THEM CHECK WATER PUMP ALSO....I ONLY HAVE THIS ISSUE WHEN ITS VERY HOT OUT AND WHEN IN A SITUATION WHERE AIR FLOW IS BLOCKED, LIKE A RESTAURANT DRIVE THRU..

  • cmitchell949 Jun 24, 2009

    THAT LAST COMMENT WAS INCORRECT...NEITHER OF THE FANS ARE WORKING AT ALL...WAS GOING TO HAVE AC CHARGED BUT UNTILL I GET FAN PROBLEM FIXED ADDING FREON AND CHARGING IT IS WORTHLESS..

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    once u get it into the red you have blown the head gasket.

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Definitely get the fan problem fixed. I had an older Saturn, and it would do that periodically. It turned out I had a bad battery terminal, it would short out from time to time, and if it did so while I was driving, the fan would cut out and therefore not cool the engine. While I was driving it was usually ok, because air could flow, but in traffic, or stopped, it would get pretty hot. I found that turning the heat on and letting it blow full blast would help it stay a little cooler, it'll just cook you inside the car.

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Look at your coolant level and see if its good, also see if your water pump is good.

both of these are important in cooling the engine.

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