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Cavalier cooling problem

The car runs ok when driving, but when stopped at a light the temperature starts to rise and overheat. It only happens while in drive. When i leave the light the temperature starts to lower again.

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Could be a faulty thermostat, or a faulty fan, if you have an electric one.

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You need to stop using it immediately before you
cause some damage or more than you may already have
That is just common sense. It should not overheat or
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The car has to be checked over/diagnosed,tested,etc for
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Borrow or Rent a car until resolved

No way to guess at the problem

You should have some type of codes avail even
if the check light isn't on,you need professional help
to get a start on resolving

The timing belt maybe worn & jumped or the head gasket
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The RPM moves around the car is 11 years old,so it may just
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Dear Sir,
As you said your car stop after 10-15 miles run.and start working after 10 to 15 min wait.
It can occur due a part or unit which defer working according to temperature. it means it stop working when it got hot and start working when it get cold. this type of parts are motors which have winding unit inside it, which can stop working in high temperature, it will not happen if they are good working condition but if that is got short then it can happen.
In your case cause is the fuel pump which is in fuel tank,Till it is cold it supply the fuel to engine but after few miles run it stop sending fuel to engine ,after wait for 10 to 15 it again start sending fuel to engine when it get cold.
Fuel pump will solve your problem. if any issue please let me know. Thanks.

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Unplug the radiator fan and use jumper leads to test the fan operation. Use a scan tool to check for codes. If you get a scan tool that gives live data, see that the PCM sees the actual temperature of the engine after 5 to 10 minutes of running. It should see the temp. rising to 225 degrees farenheit.
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