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Overheating a4 hi. my 2.0l 2002audi a4 is overheating. the cylinder head was overhauled including pressure testing and skimming. on idle the vehicle is fine but once you rev or drive it the temperature climbs but goes back down again once you stop and let it idle. i've bled the cooling system and the fans are working. the thermostat had previously been removed completely,but i'd expect that to make it run cold not overheat? i haven't had the radiator checked,i can blow through it with my mouth so i figure its ok? please help..

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  • eruthenburg Jul 06, 2010

    decided to check the water pump and apparently the vehicle had previously overheated so badly that the plastic impeller on the water pump had melted itself off its driveshaft and wasn't turning as a unit with the water pump gear, driven by the timing belt.

    refitted a new unit and problem was solved.

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Install a thermostat, it is vital to prevent over heating and over cooling

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