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Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by SlushboxTeggy, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    ok so im driving back to school yesterday and i cruising at about 80 when i look down and see my temp gauge at about 3/4s. i let off the gas and it went back down to normal. i did it like that all the way back to school. then im sitting in the parking lot and it just kept going up until i turned the car off. so my question is what could be wrong? i was thinking the thermostat. im gonna go today and check all the fluids and pumps and make sure im not leaking. but just wondering if anyone else has got any ideas.
     
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    sounds right make sure you check the fluid also to see if it is shot
     
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    Check coolant quality and levels. Your radiator may be tired too. The thermostat and hoses should be changed at the same time as the radiator also. Don't cheap out on that stuff.
     
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    and get it done b4 it gets real cold out. Its a pain working on stuff in the cold(and or sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck)
    check:
    coolant level
    hoses
    thermostat
    If you replace all that stuff, and nothings leaking(coolant level good) then it could be the water pump
    if the level is down, try adding some, and if it eats that then its probably a blown head gasket(look for white smoke)
     
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    too late...already freezing my balls off
     
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    went for a little ride and after 2 minutes it got too hot and i had to stop. its also messing with my idle. it idles normally and then the rpms jump and fall
     
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    Turning your climate control on to high heat with the fan on high will help cool your system down. But stop driving your car until you solve your problem, otherwise you're going to blow your head gasket dude. Don't make the current problem worse.
     
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    fan was on high and even when it was real hot it came out cold. i have no idea
     
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    ^^^ Your cooling system is very unhappy if it gets too hot after two minutes and this time of year. If your coolant levels are fine, then replace your radiator, thermostat and hoses pronto.
     
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    with u having no heat, Im going to guess its the thermostat
    its not opening, not allowing warm coolant to pass through the radiator and heater.
     
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    ^^^ Yah. I agree with that. I was just really worried about you overheating your engine and blowing your head gasket. But check the condition of the rest of your cooling system please.
     
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    I just had the same problem and yes it is the thermostat- beware if you have not changed one you are familiar with that when you change it to bleed it correctly - and dont trust pepboys/checkers or any of them gay asses to find your correct thermostat(they got me the wrong with me telling them which one i needed) go to honda for that- bleed it correctly or your system will have burbs and continue to overheat my word of advice
     
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    found the problem, or at least one of them. coolant leak.
     
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    from where if it is leaking from drivers side behind the sheild - imma say thats a bad water pump - some times when ur thermostat stops working it will flow out and leak from there as well- explain your leakage
     
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    no idea, got to fill it up again and find out. coolant was low last night, parked in a dirt lot, and today its empty. could have figured it out if i didnt park in a dirt lot.
     
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    fluctuating idel is caused by air pockets in the coolant system (among other things, but they don't apply in this case)

    after you patch the hole/leak, bleed the system.
    top it off, turn on the car with the rad cap off, and just let it boil/bubble over and out. it will get the air out of the system--- and make a mess all at the same time.
     
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    Thats very messy brian
     
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    b is right leaving the cap off is the easy way of bleeding a system
     
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    Why not just remove the bleeder bolt- i guess this would be easier but damn messy !
     
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    If there is a leak in the radiator, just replace it. Are any of your hoses soft? Any idea of how old the parts in your coolant system are? In my Si, I had to do replace things every five years, but my car has a lot of miles on it.
     
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