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96 cavalier overheating

It's overheating at idle and cools down while driving. I have noted some smell of coolant, but I can't remember if I smell it when I'm driving or just sitting still. No sign of coolant on the ground. The coolant level is gone, so there is coolant loss somewhere (over time?). Curious why you smell coolant when driving if your coolant level is real low, and why it overheats at idle and not while driving.

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  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    our car overheats right away we have changed the thermostat , pump and hoses

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Smell antifreeze



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You have a front wheel drive car so it requires and electric fan motor which in turn requires a temp sensor to tell it to turn on. The sensor should be on the radiator itself. Check that the connector to the senor and the motor are tight and if the wiring checks ok then I'd go for the sensor first.
The reason it cools while driving is the natural flow of air at driving speed.

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