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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The thermostat will always be at the beginning of one of the large radiator hoses. The thermostat's job is to block the water from going into the radiator. The thermostat housing is generally round or parabolic shaped.
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
it is the head gasket blown from the cyl to the water jacket ,a radiator specialist can test for combustion gases in the water to confirm this ,but that is what it is . "youdoit"
Posted on Oct 25, 2009
Testimonial: "compression test ok still looking"
Do the air purge test below.
The fins/turbine on water pump can be totally worn out.
When the car is completely cool,check the electric fan(s) for smooth rotation.
Clean/check/change the thermo sensor,contact and wire.
Excavate air pocket in coolant system / check for head gasket leak
This test will kill two birds with one stone.
MAKE SURE THE COOLANT SYSTEM and ENGINE IS COLD!
RAN THIS TEST IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA ONLY!
You will spill some coolant during this air pocket purge test.......BE KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT and ANIMAL please clean up after the test!
Put the front end on a pair of ramp or park your car on a VERY STEEP HILL (radiator facing top of the hill) .
Top of the coolant reserve tank
Let it ran for 10-15 minutes.
Monitor for air pockets escaping from coolant reserve tank.
Small amount of bubbles is OK at 1-5 minute mark
After the thermostat open up (after 195 F warm up) at
5-12 minute mark or after high idle you should see less bubbles.
If you do not see any in rush of bubbles then your thermostat may be partially stuck or rusted badly inside the thermostat hosing.
Give the thermostat host few gentle taps.
If you see larger bubbles surfacing after 15 minutes then should do a hydrocarbon (HC) dye test to test for potential head gasket leak.
Let engine cold down and top off coolant reserve tank.
Start monitor for coolant lost
A coolant flush is require every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
I recommend the thermostat that has a relief pop-let to reduce the change of burst radiator and coolant hoses.
Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.
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Posted on Dec 05, 2009
Not sure what you mean by transit, but it sounds like something may be clogged, or it's possible that the thermostat was installed backwards. Try removing the thermostat all together and see what it does. Never let your car overheat to the point of dying. Moniter the gauges and lights, as soon as it goes too high, turn it off.
If it still overheats with the thermostat off, you may have a blown head gasket. Check for water in your oil, check for coolant smell in your exhaust. Either of these is an indication of a blown head gasket. You may have a weak water pump as well, the shaft could be broken and not circulating. When you remove the thermostat, you should be able to see the water circulate with the radiator cap off. If it is not, then your pump is bad. Normally they will leak before they quit working, but it's possible that it don't.
If you replace your pump, make sure that there are no broken fins on the impeller. If there are, then it may clog your cooling system, you will have to find it.
Posted on Feb 19, 2010
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