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I have a 2004 Chevy SSR with 39K on it. It started heating up to about 240 degrees. I took it to the chevy house and they replaced the water pump on the car. I drove car about 5 miles and sitting at a light it still is running 240 degrees. I did not have on AC and temp outside was about 68 degrees. I normally run at 210 degrees in the heat of the summer. I have noticed that it runs at 210 while driving but at idle it goes up. I can see on the gauge temp drop when coolant circulates.

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  • efm43texas Oct 06, 2009

    Chevy Dealer drained system and added new coolant and thermostat when they replaced water pump.

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There are several cooling systems in your truck. Most have an electric fan which will automatically turn on with high temperature. The high temperature switch may be two-stage having a normal and high speed.

When you set the A/C to on, it bypasses the temperature switch and causes the cooling fan to run. Your problem may be the temperature switch is not working properly or the electric cooling fan has lost one of its speeds.

With the high performance engines sometimes both an electric cooling fan and a water pump driven fan are used. The fan clutch can slip internally. A mechanic can check the RPM of the fan on the water pump with a strobe (timing) light to see if it meets specs.

You could change thermostats one setting lower but you may just be compensating for the other defects. Finally, curb idle should be checked. When you put the A/C on it should bump up the idle. Without the A/C your base idle may be too low for proper water circulation.

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  • fordexpert Oct 07, 2009

    You may want them to check your radiator cap for proper pressure. If you did not have the overheating problem before they changed the thermostat, they may have put in a hotter one or its hanging.

  • fordexpert Oct 07, 2009

    Please note April 13,2009 question submitted by waLegar about another SSR overheating. His problem was solved by the switch I mentioned when I first contacted you.

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INstall a flush kit and flush the system, also replace the thermostat, and make sure that your radiator hoses are not collapsing

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