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My air doesnt work but the heat does and i wanted to know how realiable my car could be as far as going 200 miles on a trip.....is the air/water pump a cause of the car over heating

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    Just Gort May 11, 2010

    Clarify: Is the engine over-heating? Or do you mean the passenger compartment heater works and blows heated air in the normal manner? Does your temperature gauge indicate over-heating or is it normal like before?

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I am a little confused as to what exactly you are asking for help with. You are saying that your Air Conditioner doesn't work, but your heater does? And the engine is over heating?

The engine overheating could be caused by low coolant in the radiator, a faulty thermostat, or worse case a bad water pump. I'd check the fluid in the radiator (when it's cool) first and top it off with 50/50 mix of the same color as already in there (green with green, orange with orange, etc.)

If it is the thermostat (the next cheapest repair) I would have a service shop tackle that. If you want to try yourself, you might want to invest in a repair manual for your car.

If it is not any of the other two problems, it may be a broken or worn water pump (most expensive of the 3). This is a repair for an experienced mechanic and not for the novice. I am not sure of your skill level, but if you're willing to give it a try, you should definitely get a repair manual like, chilton or hanes. They'll show you step-by-step, with illustrations, how to replace it.

Without seeing the vehicle, or knowing the exact make, model, year, engine size, etc. it is very difficult to figure out exactly what's wrong.

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