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1980 phoenix over heating

Help my 1980 phoenix is over heating, well at least the light is coming on. I have replaced the thermostat and have made sure the radiator is full. I am pretty sure the radiator is not leaking. But I drive it until the car heats up (about two miles) and the indicator light goes on. What else can I say, Its not the water pump. Help!!!

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  • maor malihi May 14, 2008

    If you own a Pontiac Phoenix that engine gets hot in the summer months so in the summer remove the thermostat and replace it in the winter months (For cold areas) If you live in a hot climate never use the thermostat. It will run fine.

  • Benjamin Walton May 22, 2009

    I have an eighty one pontiac phoenix, let me first say i have a 92 mile a day commute and it makes it just fine no problems, but today i took it on a few short trips to the mall and it overheated and quit several times, go figure, i took it home did a flush in both the tranny and the radiator and it had a couple of "issues" tonight but they seem to have streightened themselves out when i bought mine it overheated alot but i looked around and realised the fan never came on, check that you'd be amased how much air those things displace
    p.s. does anyone know where the fue filter is on these? its not under it, where is it !!!



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I would recommened to always use the thermostat as it plays a role in your temp control. is it just the gauge or is the car actually getting hot? if it doesnt get hot check your gauge and temp switch if it does then flush your radiator and cooling system make sure water pump is good check your radiator cap for wear failing all that it may be the head or gasket also check your overflow bottle use the correct type of coolant and make sure it is not leaking anywhere also check your fan is working properly overheating can be an annoying prob to diagnose hope you find it

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