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Kia Rio overheating although everything seems ok

My 2003 Kia Rio keeps overheating. It seems to happen when I am at a standstill and have the a/c on. I've checked the fan, it comes on. I've changed the thermostat. Coolant level is fine. Coolant appears to be circulating. This problem does not always happen, but happens enough to be a problem.

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  • toddheidrick Jul 04, 2009

    Would it be so inconsistent?

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Possible early signs of a water pump problem. A failing waterpump will circulate coolent when the RPMS are high but when you slow down, so does the waterpump, thereby causing overheating.

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  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian Jul 04, 2009

    If it's happening when you come to a stop and the AC is on, it's sounds pretty regular. You can also check the serpentine belt for wear. A slick or broken serpentine belt will tend to slip at times, which could be contributing to your problem.

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