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Replaced broken radiator,fill neck has small drilled hole below where presure cap sits and squrits coolant out when hot,car still overheats

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I think there should be a nipple there to put the hose from the overflow bottle?

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I have a 02 Grand caravan that has new radiator, termostat, one new fan. the temp gauge goes up to max hot the drops right back down in seconds. what could be the problem?


it could be you have an air lock in the cooling system
remove the rad cap from the rad, start the engine and let it run until the coolant drops (add to fill it back up) or until the coolant boils out of the rad spout.

maybe pull the heat sensor. -replace it OR clean it off, reinstall it.

Mar 12, 2015 | 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan

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I just replaced my radiator and thermostat how do i bleed the air out of the system?


fill with coolant run until hot/normal temp. shut car off. let cool completely check level add to line cold level. Start run until at operating temp. check coolant hot level. Do not add coolant to hot tank scalding can occur!!, wait until engine is cool top off as needed. Check for leaks

Sep 02, 2014 | 2001 Kia Sportage

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Over heating and blowing cold air from heater


Possibly leaking head gasket. Easiest way to check would be to fill radiator full, start engine and watch coolant level in the radiator cap opening. The top radiator hose will become hot when thermostat begins to allow coolant flow through the radiator. You may have to top off the coolant. Still with the radiator cap off watch for water belching out of the radiator neck. If coolant does belch out of the radiator cap neck, refill with water. If it belches out coolant again it would be combustion gassed forcing the coolant out of the radiator.


This process should take about 1/2 hour to diagnose if it is a head gasket leaking combustion gasses into the coolant.


The radiator fan may run once car is shut off to cool engine compartment to prevent gasoline in fuel lines from vaporizing which would cause a condition called "vapor lock". A car won't start if fuel lines are vapor locked.

Good luck, I hope this helps you to figure out the problem.

Apr 17, 2014 | 2005 Buick Rendezvous

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How to i add coolant to a 1998 buick century


Open radiator cap and slowly put coolant in top(with car off and cold), fill till the fluid comes to top and let set for a minuite and continue to to fill till full, then start car with cap off and run till guage comes up half way and then guage will come down quarter way and have hot air running on high and feel the temp of air till its hot and then check level in radiator , then put cap back on and fill the resivore to the line it shows.if it was real low then you have a leak somewhere or internal leaks , whitch needs further diagnosis.

Feb 11, 2011 | Buick Century Cars & Trucks

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Car overheated and lost all power. how do I get it to start?


ENGINE NOT GOING TO START IF GET TOO HOT FIRST THING I WOULD REPLACE THERMOSTAT AND RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP THEN ADD COOLANT UNTIL COOLANT LEVEL CORRECT THATS WHEN THERMOSTAT OPEN UP AND TOP HOSE HOT.CHECK FOR LEAKING RADIATOR HOSES CHECK TOP RADIATOR HOSE CHECK BOTTOM RADIATOR HOSE.CHECK FOR LEAKS AROUND THE RADIATOR LOOK DOWN BELOW COOLANTS FANS CHECK FOR LEAKS AT RADIATOR CORES OR LEAKS AT THE RADIATOR PLASTIC SIDE CONTAINERS. CHECK FOR LEAKS AT WATER PUMP WEEP HOLE AND CHECK FOR LEAKS AT THE HEATER HOSES AROUND ENGINE BLOCK TO THE HEATER CORE HOSES. THERE IS A REASON CAR OVERHEAT.IF CAR OVERHEAT WHILE DRIVING YOU HAVE FAULTY THERMOSTAT OR LEAKING OUT COOLANT OR BLOWN HEAD GASKET.IF ENGINE OVER HEAT WHILE SITTING DURING A LONG IDLING PERIOD.YOU COULD HAVE FAULTY COOLANT TEMPERATURE SENSOR OR FAULTY COOLING FAN FUSE OR RELAY.HOT WIRE COOLANT TO SEE IF IT RUNS IF NO REPLACE FAN MOTOR. IF YES FAN MOTOR COULD HAVE FAULTY WIRE OR PCM FAILURE. CHECK ENGINE CRANKCASE IF OIL LOOKS LIKE MILK SHAKE ENGINE HEAD GASKET LEAKING.

Nov 26, 2010 | 2002 Mitsubishi Galant

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I changed our my rediator and now the sensor light saying radiator coolant is low and the buzzer won't stop going off. The radiator coolant level is fine and my temp gauge is fine. Any help would be...


Do you have an overflow tank that has low level in it?
LEVEL CHECK The coolant level should be checked regularly. Serious engine damage can occur if the engine overheats. CAUTION
Check the coolant level when the engine is cold; serious injury could result from escaping steam or hot fluid if checked when hot. If your car is equipped with an electric cooling fan, make sure that the ignition switch is OFF. The cooling fan will automatically operate if the ignition switch is on and the engine coolant temperature is high, or if the wiring connector on the thermostat housing is disconnected.
  1. Depress the button on the thermal expansion tank (coolant recovery reservoir) safety cap, if there is one. Allow all of the pressure trapped in the system to escape. CAUTION
    The radiator is not factory-equipped with a safety cap. Do not remove the radiator cap before removing the expansion tank cap, or when the engine is hot. Fig. 1: Remove insects and debris from the radiator fins 85811096.gif

  2. Remove the expansion tank cap. The expansion tank should be 1⁄3 full, unless Full and Low marks are provided. The level should be well above the bottom of the tank when the engine is cold.
  3. If it is not, carefully remove the cap from the radiator. The radiator should be full.
  4. Add a 50/50 solution of ethylene glycol (or other suitable coolant) and clean water. If there was no coolant in the expansion tank, fill the radiator until the level is near the inlet port and install the radiator cap. Then, fill the expansion tank to the specified level, and secure the expansion tank cap. When checking the coolant level, the pressure cap should be examined for signs of age or deterioration. Check it for a worn or cracked gasket. If the cap doesn't seal properly, fluid will be lost and the engine will overheat. A worn cap should be replaced with a new one. The fan belt and other drive belts should be inspected and adjusted to the proper tension. (Please refer to the belt inspection and adjusting procedures, earlier in this section.) Remove the radiator cap and run the tip of your finger around the inside of the filler neck. Check for excessive deposits of rust or scale around the filler neck lip and the filler port. Make sure the coolant is free of oil. Replace the coolant as necessary. Hose clamps should be tightened, and soft or cracked hoses replaced. Damp spots, or accumulations of rust or dye near hoses, the water pump or other areas indicate possible leakage, which must be corrected before filling the system with fresh coolant. Periodically clean any debris, leaves, paper, insects, etc. from the radiator fins. Pick the large pieces off by hand. The smaller pieces can be washed away with water pressure from a hose. Carefully straighten any bent radiator fins with a pair of needle nose pliers. Be careful as the fins are very soft. Don't wiggle the fins back and forth too much. Straighten them once and try not to move them again.
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Jul 05, 2010 | 1985 Mazda RX-7

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1992 lexus es300 5 sp i had a water pump put on it when i first purchased it, started over heating the hydrolic fan are not turning fast they are turning very slow, took thermostat out what could it be ?...


You should never remove the thermostat unless you plan to replace the old one with a new one. Computer controlled cars rely on temperature to adjust fuel mixtures for when the vehicle is warming up and when it reaches operating temperature. You should first inspect for any sign of coolant leaking. Drain the coolant and flush the system by flushing water into the radiator neck with a garden hose for about 10 minutes or more if needed. Then get a new thermostat and drill a small hole in the flat surface ring that surrounds the thermostat and install it and a new gasket on the housing. Replace the radiator cap also. fill the system with coolant and let the engine run with the cap off until it reaches running temperature. Top off the system and install the cap if the car runs at the normal temperature.If at any point you think the car is getting too hot, install the cap THEN shut the engine off and let it sit. You can also monitor the fans to see when or if they are coming on. Turn on the air conditioner but adjust the temperature to hot. One of your cooling fans runs off of engine temperature and the other runs off when the compressor is engaged. If it does not come on with the compressor, the fan relay may be bad. Let me know if you have questions and I can walk you through them if you need me to.

May 19, 2010 | 1992 Lexus Es 300

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Water not circulating through engine


Does your engine overheat? Could be a thermostat that is stuck, let me know with some clarification and i can help ou better. Thanks

Dec 17, 2009 | 1998 Buick Century

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Engine overheating quickly changed thermostat still runs hot


well there is a few things you can do first flush your radiator. second take the smallest drill bit that you have and drill two holes in to your thermostat we do this on race cars to keep the heat down also it that dosnt stop it loosen you radiator cap and that will stop the car from over heating

Aug 02, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Sunfire

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