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Over Heating Had a leak in the radiator, Fixed that! Fan Motor was out, fixed that! Now, Still overheating, resevoir goes empty, keep refilling it and check engine light comes on and temperature gauge goes from mid-line to all the way red, then to bottoming out, also when the car starts to overheat it affects the a/c, it starts to blow warm air?

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  • Heidi4 Aug 16, 2008

    Same problem, losing water but can't find leak. Runs hot if AC is on and driving over 55 miles per hour. Radiator good, electric fan works. Hoses are good.



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Check and see if your water pump is working, any water leaks under the pump?????

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I HAD the same problem, fixed it. From my experience this is what you're going to do:

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3. Replace thermostat ($14 with thermostat gasket)
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4)you have a plugged radiator!

--sounds like a bad waterpump to me.
even if it doesnt leak,the impellers still come loose from the shaft!!

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