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Coolant issue lost the cap to the expansion take almost 8-9 months ago, have used a gatorade bottle cap as a replacement (been working fine). then driving down the road one day, noticed temperature gauge going up then smoke from the hood. Pulled over opened the hood and saw that the gatorade cap had literaly been blown off, coolant splattered everywhere and coolant level was below the "low" marker of the expansion tank. Waited for call to cool, drove to gas stattion, bought coolant, poored some into the actual radiator area and a bit more into expansion tank. Drove back towards home, notice temp gauge rising again (slower but still rising), then heard almost a shaky clunking noise, pulled over, opened hood and saw that the expansion tank was COMPLETTELY full, shaking from side to side. Let the car cool again, was just a few more minutes away from home so drove and that same thing happened. Waited for the car to cool again and was going to take a turkey bayster and dump out the excess coolant in the expansion tank BUT, when I opened up the hood, the level had gone below the "low" marker again. Fan does kick on when the car gets going...I do, however notice that the symbol for the battery light now is permanently lit (brand new battery by the way, only about a month or two old). Oh...and not signs of a leak underneath the car. I want to get it to a mechanic but I cannont drive more then a few minutes before the car starts to over heat. what can I do on my own.

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  • thopkins2 Jul 12, 2008

    Thanks Pierre...It was totally a broken fan belt!!!! Just got a new one and tah dah....everything seems to be working just fine.

    Thank you SO MUCH for your help. I truly appreciate it!


  • thopkins2 Jul 12, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion Pierre. It was TOTALLY a broken fan belt. Took a look under the hood and it was completely gone! Just got another one and replaced it and things seem to be running just fine. I really appreciate your help. thanks a bunch!

  • byeo_88 Aug 11, 2008

    Had exactly the same problem. Found temp gauge at max and coolant tank empty one day, bought new coolant and filled up radiator and tank. Drove for a few minutes, temp gauge shot right up again. Pop hood to find tank completely fillled to the brim and boiling over. Once car cooled, coolant flowed back into radiator, leaving tank almost drained.

    Replaced thermostat and fixed the problem. Guess the old thermostat wasn't regulating temp properly, causing excess pressure to build up in radiator resulting in backflow of coolant into tank and boiling over.

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Broken fan belt water pump dont turn water dont circulate its gonna overheat alternator dont turn battery light stay on you said the bottle was full and when it cool down it was on low level that normal radiator took back what it was missing check the belt HOPE IT HELP FIXYA OUR POST THANKS PIERRE

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