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Overheating engine overheats all the time

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  • wretched34 Dec 08, 2008

    My 98 Plymouth Breeze is running fine, starts up no problem even in cold weather. the last few days however it has been overheating on me rather quickly (within a few minutes of driving). there is a new coolant system and rad. Once it overheats and I turn the car off, you can hear the anti-freeze is the resevoir boiling, and there is quit a lot of smoke. any suggestions would be helpful.

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    I have the same car and same problem.

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Check to see if there is water in the oil...If there is water in the oil then it could have a head gasket problem..Did you ever replace the thermostat? If it is stuck then it would also cause overheating...Excessive exhaust backpressure because of a clogged catalytic converter could also cause overheating..Also check belt tension and condition. A loose belt that slips may prevent the water pump from circulating coolant fast enough and/or the fan from turning fast for proper cooling...Another thing it could be is a faulty water pump -- Any wobble in the pump shaft or seepage would call for replacement. In some instances, a pump can cause an engine to overheat if the impeller vanes are badly eroded due to corrosion or if the impeller has come loose from the shaft. The wrong pump may also cause an engine to overheat. Some engines with serpentine drive belts require a special water pump that turns in the opposite direction of those used on the same engine with ordinary V-belts... Also check the Fan -- With mechanical fans, most overheating problems are caused by a faulty fan clutch, though a missing fan shroud can reduce the fan's cooling effectiveness by as much as 50% (depending on the fan's distance from the radiator) which may be enough to cause the engine to overheat in hot weather or when working hard.

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