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Old 10-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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OverHeating

I was in line to deposit money through the bank drive thru and notice my temp was right before the H , so I turned my car off and check my collar and it was fine , I waited and turned it back on with the ac on to kick the fans on.. And now the temp is in the middle

I'm about to go drive home .. Should I be fine ?

It was high for maybe like 2-5 mins would that hurt anything ? It wasn't in the red
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You should be fine, the same thing happened to me one time and I touched the red.
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if your driving and it starts to over heat, turn your heater on full blast and it will bring down the temp
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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Well I just drove it down the access road and it was climbing again, so I turned it off and now just parked somewhere and now it's all the way in the red..

Should I not drive it at all?
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Don't drive it too far let it cool down or else you will mess something up bad. Did you check you're coolant level?
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Don't drive it too far let it cool down or else you will mess something up bad. Did you check you're coolant level?
Yes this and my problem turned out to be my water pump. Also check to see if your fan is coming on.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:21 PM   #7
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CoolNt fine , fans are on, drove it home with the heater on and it did good , didn't get hot, but noticed my heater stopped blowing hot after a while ..

Noticed one side on my radiator is cool and the other side is hot, my dad thinks my thermostat is staying shut ,

No coolant in my dipstick ,
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Yes this and my problem turned out to be my water pump. Also check to see if your fan is coming on.
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How do you determine if it's bad or not
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If I would just let my car sit and idle it would overheat after warming up. It would slowly just keep getting hotter. Also you can kinda hear your water pump, I didn't notice it until it wasn't making noise anymore. If your replacing the water pump then just do your thermostat at the same time.
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How do you determine if it's bad or not
One way I have done it before and it may not be the case for all bad water pumps, but leave a piece of cardboard under the motor leave it overnight, (where it will stay dry from other things) and if your water pump has a leak it will be wet in the morning.Which either means the gasket is bad or the whole pump.(in my case it had leaked overnight and I could clearly see it on the cardboard, replaced the pump and it was all normal). OR I have heard that you can remove serpentine belt, and if the pulley on the water pump moves/shifts, it indicates a bad bearing in there. It's also possible your thermostat may be bad. Hope this helps you in some way!
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I had the water pump on my 04 Mach go bad. Did the same thing, it if the blue I noticed my ac kicked off. I then looked at the temp gauge, it was about 3/4 the way to the high side. Turned it off for about 30 min, then limped it home. I could literally see the coolant doing from the water pump.

Like others have said change thermostat too if it's the water pump and make sure you follow the burping process after you replace and fill the coolant. If your don't it WILL overheat again.
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1-get an actual water temp gauge

2- pull your tstat and throw it in a lot of boiling water with a digital thermometer and see when it opens

3- water pump is good preventative maintenance if your miles are higher but it is a 10 yr old car now...

4- if its still overhearing you could have a clogged radiator although I have never had one go bad.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:07 PM   #14
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Well I just replaced my thermostat and bled the system and seems to be doing good now,

Just used water , but going Friday to get some gold coolant from ford.
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I'm glad that it seems to be good to go!
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I'm glad that it seems to be good to go!
Thanks hopefully it lasts
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This happened to me about 2 weeks after I got my mustang. My problem was the fan.
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This happened to me about 2 weeks after I got my mustang. My problem was the fan.
Yeah.. My fans are working
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Sounds like you've nipped it in the bud.
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Yea mine was working too idk it was weird. Replaced it and never ran hot again. I think the fan would shutoff after a driving a bit. You might could check that
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Yea mine was working too idk it was weird. Replaced it and never ran hot again. I think the fan would shutoff after a driving a bit. You might could check that
My cavalier was doing the same thing. It had a single fan and it worked but when I'd sit idle, it'd slowly creep up into the hot range.

I changed a bunch of parts first and it still kept heating up. Then finally, I broke down and said, the hell with it and bought a new fan. It hasn't heated up since. I'm assuming the fan had some kind of variable speed control built into the fan motor. Go figure.
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From what i read i was about to agree with slows dad due to the key fact he mentioned his radiator hot on one side and cool on the other. This to me meant no circulation from the thermostat opening which in this case was the issue. Just my 2ยข
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