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Most of the pre-mixed is just right. 50/50. It also saves you the hassle of mixing it yourself. You can buy it at most auto part and department stores. Hope this helped. Good luck.

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Why did my 2011 DTS Cadillac overheat?


An overheated engine can be caused by anything that decreases the cooling system's ability to absorb, transport and dissipate heat; therefore engines can overheat for a variety of reasons. Let's take a look at some of the most common causes.
Cooling System Leaks
This is the primary cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, water pump, thermostat housing, heater core, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder heads and block. Perform a pressure test. A leak-free system should hold pressure for at least one minute.
Wrong Coolant Concentration
Be sure to use the coolant recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. The wrong type of coolant and/or mixing the incorrect concentration of coolant and distilled water can also result in engine overheating. The best bet is to perform a complete flush and fill.
Bad Thermostat
A thermostat is a heat-sensitive valve that opens and closes in response to engine temperature. Heated engine coolant passes through to the radiator when the thermostat is in the open position. In the closed position, it prevents the flow of coolant to speed up the warming of a cold engine. When the thermostat gets stuck in the closed position, coolant stays in the engine and quickly becomes overheated, resulting in engine overheating.
Blocked Coolant Passageways
Rust, dirt and sediment can all block or greatly impede the flow of coolant through the cooling system. This can limit the system's ability to control engine temperature, which may result in higher operating temperatures and engine overheating. Once again, a flush and fill is recommended to remove debris.
Faulty Radiator
By passing through a series of tubes and fins, coolant temperature is reduced in the radiator. Leaks and clogging are some of the most common causes of radiator failure. Any disruption in the radiator's function can lead to elevated engine temperature and overheating.
Worn/Burst Hoses
A hose that contains visual cracks or holes, or has burst will result in leaks and disrupt the flow of engine coolant. This can result in overheating.
Bad Radiator Fan
A fan blows air across the radiator fins to assist in reducing the temperature of the coolant. A fan that wobbles, spins freely when the engine is off, or has broken shrouds will not be able to reduce the temperature to proper level, thus possibly resulting in engine overheating.
Loose or Broken Belt
A belt is often the driving link that turns the water pump at the correct speed for proper coolant flow through the cooling system. If a belt is loose or broken, it cannot maintain the proper speed, thus resulting in poor coolant flow and ultimately, engine overheating.
Faulty Water Pump
Known as the 'heart' of the cooling system, the water pump is responsible for pressurizing and propelling engine coolant through the cooling system. Any malfunction of the water pump, including eroded impeller vanes, seepage or wobble in the pump shaft, can prevent adequate coolant flow and result in engine overheating.

Oct 13, 2016 | 2011 Cadillac DTS

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Sometime when i g start my 1987 corvette its acts like its dead, i turn on the key all the lightcome icluding the secuity light but it will not turn over, iof i wait for like 10 minutes go back out an


no crank, it called.
what lights come on, there are like 30 lights or more.
HL, parking, dash , warning, dome, tail, stop. blinkers and dimmer dash lights. to name but a few.
sounds to me like , custom alarm, and is acting up.
but id need to sit in the cockpit to see whats' really going on.

all gas engines eveny back in mid 80s, or model A ford
the starter can be hot wired or jumper cable cranked.
see that tiny lug on the solenoid ,
so if jumper cables fail. (off running car) sill dead?
then you next hot wire the starter solenoid tiny lug
fails to crank, ? then hit the side of starter with a hammer
crank now>?

ok , hot wiring the solenoid (key is pocket)
the starter turns the crankshaft over fast,
the starter and battery are working now. so what is wrong
this is called the KEY line.
the KEY line is dead.
my wild guess, is aftermarket alarm installed and its breaking the key
line, like many do.



Sep 25, 2014 | 1987 Chevrolet Corvette

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Water come out to coolant reservoir over flow when the water is hot.my toyota 3c engine


There is either too much coolant in the system, or the system is overheating. The reservoir should have a "FULL COLD" mark where the coolant should reside when the engine is off and the coolant is cold. If that is correct, and the coolant still overflows when the engine is hot, you are overheating and need to check the radiator for obstructions, the coolant fan, water pump, and thermostat for proper operation.

Aug 04, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Overheating


OVERHEATING CAN BE CAUSE BY MANY THINGS LIKE FAULTY THERMOSTAT AND FAULTY RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP,TOO MUCH WATER IN COOLANT SYSTEM NEED 50 / 50 WATER AND ANTIFREEZE.LOOK FOR WATER PUMP WEEP HOLE LEAK, IF COOLANT LEAKING OUT WEEP HOLE WATER PUMP BAD NEED REPLACING.CHECK FOR LOW COOLANT LEVEL, YOUR RADIATOR OVERFLOW JUG SHOULD HAVE COOLANT AT THE FULL COLD MARK IF NOT KEEP ADDING COOLANT INTO COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG UNTIL COOLANT STOP DROPPING AND FULL COLD MARK, IF OVERFLOW COOLANT JUG WAS EMPTY RADIATOR IS LOW ON COOLANT.WHICH CAUSE AIR IN COOLANT SYSTEM KEEPING THE ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR FROM BEING SUBMERGE IN HOT COOLANT WHICH TURN ON THE COOLANT FANS.WHEN ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE GET CERTAIN SET TEMPERATURE LIKE 190 DEGREES THE PCM AND COOLANT SENSOR WILL TURN ON COOLANT FANS, IF VECHICLE OVERHEATING COOLANT FANS NOT WORKING EITHER YOU HAVE FAULTY ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR CHECK COOLANT FANS FUSE AND RELAYS. YOU CAN CODE SCAN CAR TO SEE IF YOU HAVE FAULTY PCM, FAULTY ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR OR FAULTY COOLANT FAN RELAY.IF COOLANT FAN AND ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR OKAY,YOU HAVE CORRECT COOLANT LEVEL IN COOLANT SYSTEM, THERMOSTAT AND RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP BEEN REPLACED, YOU COULD HAVE BLOWN HEAD GASKET CHECK ENGINE OIL LOOKS LIKE MILK SHAKE HEAD GASKET BLOWED ALSO WHEN HEAD GASKET BLOWED YOU CAN DRIVE CAR SHORT DISTANCE START OVERHEATING AND YOU LOOSE ENGINE POWER SUSPECT BLOWED HEAD GASKET.

Aug 04, 2011 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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The car was overheating then it shut down on the freeway. now it makes a funny sound when u try to start it


If your car to overheat, it is very likely to be for any failure or some electrical defect in the cooling system. With the engine off, check for water leaks in the engine or under it, it could be internal leakage in the gasket, if this happened, I suggest you immobilize the car, but could damage. review of water and coolant levels if they are in the correct, it could also be a fault in the thermostat, water pump or the fan on relay.

Overheating is due to, well, the coolant in the cooling system getting too hot. In a normally operating engine, this should never be a problem. First, check that the coolant level is correct. If it is correct, I would suspect a problem with the thermostat. When the engine is cold, the thermostat closes off coolant flow through the engine until the coolant reaches a pre-determined temperature. When that temperature is reached, the thermostat opens to allow the coolant to circulate at that exact temperature.

Thermostats are known for failing and either not opening or not opening enough at that pre-determined temperature. This causes coolant to get trapped too long in the engine coolant chambers, heating it beyond limits, causing the engine temperature to increase and possibly overheat.

If my Maxima was overheating, I would check the coolant levels and then possibly replace the thermostat. It usually is no more complicated than that.

Keep in touch.


Feb 09, 2011 | 1996 Nissan Maxima

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Can i still drive my 06 chevy impala with a warning light of engine hot a/c off?


It's not a good idea to drive a car that is overheating. Permanent engine damage can occur. You need to find out what is causing the overheating problem. First, check the coolant level. Do this with a cold engine to avoid burns when you remove the radiator cap. If the fluid level is low, replenish with a 50/50 mixture of anitfreeze and water. Be sure to use an antifreeze that is compatible with aluminum. With the radiator full, run the engine until the top radiator hose is warm to the touch. Carefully remove the radiator cap and observe the coolant for several minutes to determine if it is flowing through the engine. If the coolant does not seem to be flowing, then you need to replace the thermostat. If you replace the thermostat, it would be a good time to flush the cooling system with a good commercial product such as Prestone Super Flush. Follow the directions closely. Refill the cooling system with the correct antifreeze. Avoid Dexcool antifreeze. It has too many problems associated with it. If the warning light is still on, you may need to use a scanner to clear it. Drive the car normally and watch for any signs of overheating. Keep a close eye on the coolant level. If it was low earlier, that could mean you have a leak. Let me know the outcome.

Dec 19, 2010 | Chevrolet Impala Cars & Trucks

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MY 2001 CHRYSLER LHS IS OVERHEATING. THERE IS NO VISUAL LEAKAGE. I PUT WATER IN IT AND IT DID NOT RUN HOT, HOWEVER, AFTER PUTTING WATER AND COOLANT, AFTER 10 MINUTES OF DRIVING, IT RAN HOT. WHAT CAN...


1. The thermostat in the cooling system could be sticking and need replacing. If it sticks in the closed position coolant cannot flow to and from the radiator and the coolant circulating through the engine will quickly overheat.

2. The water pump may be on its last legs and require replacing. If the pump has failed (and they do) the coolant will not circulate through the engine and radiator as it is designed to do and it will overheat quite quickly.

3. There could be a build up of debris in the cooling system that is impairing coolant flow through the engine. This can occur if the cooling system is not fully flushed out every 2 years and the coolant replaced. The cooling system must then be bled to remove all air. When replacing the coolant you MUST use the correct product as specified by the manufacturer and in the correct mix.

4. Radiator caps must be sound (and the correct specification) to ensure coolant does not escape and result in a low coolant condition and then overheating.

You need to get your car to a competent mechanic quickly to check and rectify the problem. (You may find it is only the thermostat as this is a common problem with time and usage.) Driving your car with an overheating condition WILL result in expensive engine damage. The head gaskets will blow and the heads on the engine will crack. Additional engine damage is also possible.

Cooling systems must be well maintained to prevent overheating and consequential engine damage.

Nov 27, 2010 | Chrysler LHS Cars & Trucks

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My 1987 corvette coup motor gets hot real fast , I check therostat and thats not the problem , any idea what else it can be ?


Could be a faulty temperature sensor, at wost it's going to be a bad head gasket or intake manifold. Sorry for the bad news and hope that it's just a faulty temp sensor.

Thank you for using fixya and check your engine oil to make sure there is no coolant mixing in with your engine oil. Coolant is corrosive to your engine's internal bearings.

Sep 21, 2010 | 1987 Chevrolet Corvette

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Engine hot


First of all you need to check your coolant return bottle level, it's probably low, and needs coolant added. Heater will be starved for coolant, if level is low, thus, cool/cold air comes out. Try to add when engine is cool, to avoid getting sprayed with hot coolant. Leave cap off for a while, turn your heater on (not defrost) and let engine run up to temperature, and add more as needed while you watch level. Rev engine slightly and hold it for 5 seconds or so, every once in a while to help circulate coolant, and remove any air in system. If you have an actual rad cap, that you can remove and watch flow in radiator, that's even better, for adding and bleeding air out same way. Make sure your rad fan is working as well, and once you get it topped up, and heat back working, I'd seriously consider having a system pressure test done, as you obviously have a leak somewhere if the level went down to the point of overheating, and heater was starved for coolant. Keep an eye on that return bottle level until such time you have it checked, to avoid more damage to engine.

Dec 12, 2009 | 2002 Cadillac Sts

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