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Old 01-12-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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2000 v6 possible clogged radiator? HELP!

Here's the problem. I was traveling on the highway for about 20 miles, all of a sudden I saw a white smoke coming from the tailpipe and the car wasn't running smooth. I pulled over and discovered a the hose leading from the coolant tank to the radiator (right below the cap) had popped off. I drove the car back, but it kept getting hot. i could only go about 5 miles at a time before I had to pull over. about 10 miles later i heard a ticking sound. I thought it might have been the water pump, but then it stopped. The heat didn't work so I changed the thermostat.I looked at it when I got home and when I start the car the upper radiator hose collapses and stays that way. I think the radiator may be clogged. Also the heat doesn't kick on (after i changed the thermostat) and on top of that the it seems to be missfiring a bit. It sounds a bit louder and when i tap the gas the slightest bit, it jumps to 2000 rpms and slowly goes back to about 1100. I have no idea what the problem could be and i haven't been able to get it to a shop because theres too much snow on the ground. Has anybody had a similar problem or any ideas as to what could be the problem? I'm a college student and NEED this car to get to class and work so I have to fix this problem as soon as possible. The only upgrades to the car are a cold air intake from americanmuscle.com and the new thermostat. Thanks for the help!
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Re: 2000 v6 possible clogged radiator? HELP!

Sorry to hear about it. One sure way to figure out if the radiator is stopped up is to pull the bottom hose off and spray water into it, it should flow out quickly. Also it helps to pull off one heater core hose while you fill it back up so there's no air pocket in the system. Also make sure you put the thermostat in right because i've seen people do that before. If that don't fix it then it might need a water pump. Oh while your at it go ahead and take off both heater core hose and spray water through them to flush the heater core.
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Re: 2000 v6 possible clogged radiator? HELP!

sounds like a 3.8 head gasket went bad to me .... very common
do a compression test
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Re: 2000 v6 possible clogged radiator? HELP!

the 3.8 head gasket issue was only until early 96 then they fixed it, the ones after 96 are normal.
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ya but ,his problem sounds like a head gasket , missing ( coolant in the combustion chamber) possible ? hose blew off ( combustion in the coolant passage ) possible ? just my two cents .........
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Re: 2000 v6 possible clogged radiator? HELP!

Okay so Because of the weather I still haven't been able to see a mechanic. i did some things on my own and this is what I found.
- Small amount of coolant directly under the coolant tank.
-upper radiator hose is bone dry. the opening that connects the hose to the radiator is also dry.
-There is no milky ring around my oil cap
-no air bubbles on my dipstick
-There is a white/gray chunky substance in the upper radiator hose


I'm going to flush the radiator first thing tomorrow morning. I'll update the post if I find anything new. Thanks again for the help.
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good luck
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