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Thermostat was changed along with the two hoses.Fan kicks on. Still running hot .No water on the dip stick.

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Water pump, blockage in cooling passages and radiator, to a bad temperature sensor.

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Check for more leaks, check to make sure the radiator is good

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My car is overheating. how to troubleshoot


1. is there coolant in radiator ?
yes
is there a problem with thermostat device in cooling system. Google this if you do not understand how a thermostat works or how to check it. Youtube is also good place to research .
check if cooling fan rotates when engine running or radiator is hot. some cars have electric fans that kick in when engine is hot.
no
Put coolant in radiator run engine in idle check for water leaks
around rubber hoses, from radiator core , from engine welsh plugs
check heater core inside car does not leak.
2. is there adequate oil in the engine ?
no
put some oil in engine check dip stick put a little bit in if not at correct level. DO NOT PUT WHOLE container of oil in car engine at once and over fill it. expensive to fix.
degrease engine - clean engine
check over time to see if oil is leaking from engine.
yes
good one less thing to think about

Mar 31, 2016 | 1997 Chevrolet Lumina

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Check list for answers to my Montero overheating...


Methods to trouble shoot
(1) check thermostat device. if thermostat is stuck - not working half the water used in cooling system is missing once engine heats up which can lead to over heating. (may need mechanic to check this)
(2) check radiator has water in it . if it is low there may be a leak in cooling system somewhere check rubber hose and radiator are not leaking.
(3) check fan belt is engaging fan in front of radiator
(4) if electric fan check if fan activates once car has heated up
(5) check oil level of engine on dip stick. If low oil add some oil and re check oil dip stick. DO NOT PUT whole oil pack in (don't laugh I know someone who did this and has to go to mechanic and get oil removed)
(6) if rubber hoses blow off connectors then you may have a broken head gasket seal. A pressure test of the radiator will confirm this.
(7) Possible water pump failure. Check by taking cap off radiator and run engine see if water is flowing in radiator and test if water is heating up in the radiator. Remember to put cap back on radiator when finishing test.
(8) check if bubbles or oil are in radiator water this could indicate a blown head gasket problem also.


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My 94 Taurus is running hot I have already changed the water pump, thermostat, upper radiator hose, and radiator fan motor, any suggestions on wat it might b


Could be clogged up radiator. Does the fan motor kick on once gets hot? They have a relay that sometimes will go bad. Good mixture of coolant is important also, If just water, it could be boiling out the overflow once gets hot. Radiator Cap could be losing pressure causing to overheat. If none of those resolve issue, it could be internal leak which usually means head gasket

Aug 12, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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My car overheats very easy.i can drive 1 exit on the highway and the temp goes up very fast. i dont know what it could be. there is always fluid in the reserve area and doesnt seem to be getting low or im...


COULD BE THERMOSTAT IF TOP RADIATOR HOSE IS NOT HOT AND BOTTOM RADIATOR HOSE GOING TO WATER PUMP IS HOT THE THERMOSTAT STICKING PARTIALLY CLOSE.IF TOP HOSE IS HOT THE RADIATOR,ENGINE BLOCK HEATER CORE NEED FLUSHING OUT.IF WATER PUMP WEEP HOLE LEAKING REPLACE WATER PUMP, FAULTY WATER PUMP WILL CAUSE ENGINE TO OVER HEAT.REPLACE RADIATOR CAP MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 50 / 50 MIX SOLUTION ANTIFREEZE AND WATER IN COOLANT SYSTEM. IF ALL LOOKS GOOD CHECK ENGINE OIL ON DIP STICK, IF OIL IN DIP STICK LOOK LIKE MILKSHAKE YOU HAVE BLOWED HEAD GASKET THAT WILL CAUSE ENGINE OVERHEATING WHILE DRIVING CAR IN SHORT DISTANCE AND ENGINE OVERHEATING.

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Thermostat sticking closed, engine overheating


Follow the upper radiator hose to the fitting it is attached to. It should have a dome shape to it. remove two bolts on either side and pull out thermostat housing. the thermostat is right there. Replace thermostat and gasket. Be sure to point large copper colored end with the bimetal spring towards the engine when installing new one. Replace housing cover and tighten down bolts. Start and run engine. at some point, the thermostat will open and the upper hose will begin to get hot to the touch. after this hot water is cycled into the radiator, one electric fan should kick on for about 30 seconds and shut off. This just cooled off the next incoming charge of water to go into your engine. To test your old thermostat place into a pan of nearly boiling water. you should see it open up if it works. If not, then you did the right thing and should run normal temps.

Nov 14, 2010 | 2003 Dodge Intrepid

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2004 dodge intrepid running hot. i change the themostat on it and it still running hot.what puzzles me is that the hose that goes into the radiator is hot while the bottom hose that comes hot of the...


not likely it is more than likely the waterpump, make sure the thermostat was not put in upside down. if fan is not kicking on it is a fuse or coolant switch for the fan

Aug 23, 2009 | Dodge Intrepid Cars & Trucks

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My VW Cabrio is overheating after 1-2 miles. Coolant in recovery tank is boiling by this time and making bubbling noises. Someone changed radiator hoses, flange, some housing. They are saying that radiator...



Run the engine and look at the header tank , is there lots of air bubbles coming back out of the water if is then the head gasket may have split and that is down to either a can of Radweld or a strip down repair

If the radiator is not uniformly hot them I would go for that as your problem

Normal operation is that the engine starts the thermostat is closed , engine block heats up and opens water starts to circulate around the block

So to check that you need to fill the radiator with cold water run it for a few minutes check the bottom hose it should be cold

The stat opens and the bottom hose should get hot as the water from the block is pumped into the radiator for cooling.

The radiator should get hot all over and the cooling fan should kick in when the sensor hits the over limit stop.

If that does not happen then get someone to remove the stat altogether (It is only there to get the engine block warm quickly in cold regions )

In which case the bottom hose should go from cold to warm to hot

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1989 Jeep cherokee Laredo over heating and the fan wont kick on, plenty of water in the radiator? How do I check to see if it is the thermostat sticking closed?


when it's overheating check to see if the lower radiator hose is hot. if not therm is bad. If OK, check temp sensor on thermostat housing. signal from there goes to the computer, then to fan relay to turn on fan.

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