System which removes excess heat from liquid cooled internal combustion engine. It also helps maintain the engine temperature at a consistent level. The cooling system encompasses the radiator, water pump, thermostat, hoses, heater core, overflow reservoir, and anti-freeze (or coolant).

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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?

I have a new (to me) car that it appears hasn't had a coolant fluid change ever, now with 120k miles. It is an 04 Corolla. I am planning on flushing the system with distilled water a few times. But ...
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2006 Chevy impla 3.5

The coolant is hot and bubbling. The car is not overheating. I changed the water pump, the thermo sensor, thermostat and intake gaskets. Not sure if it sealed completely. Wondering, is it the head ...
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Bad dashboard coolant temp sensor?

In addition to the coolant temp sensor hooked up to the ECU, I have a second, single wire coolant temp sensor which is hooked up to the dashboard display. When the coolant temp is around 85C, right ...
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Proper operating temp for a 1983 Mercedes 380SL?

My 1983 Mercedes 380SL seems to be running hotter than I like. It settles down at right at 100 C by the instrument panel temp gauge after running at highway speed for 10 minutes or so. When I first ...
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What can cause a vehicle to run hot, but not overheat?

Anyway, I have a Grand Am 2003 V6. It only has 80k miles. My car ran great when I got it(used), but at some point it began to have minor temperature problems. It would always run a little bit hotter ...
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Dripping water from under the water housing

I am on a tight budget. How do I go through fixing the leak, start with the nuts (enclosed with red hexagons) then the blue ones and then go to the yellow ones or can I go start all together with ...
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Is it Safe to Drive With Low Engine Coolant?

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu and have replaced the engine coolant in it twice in the last six months after the low coolant warning light came on, and the light has recently come on again. The climate ...
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Clear water in coolant reservoir

Over the weekend I took my 2000 Toyota 4Runner to a local shop to get the oil changed. While there they told me I needed to flush the coolant, pulling clear water out of the coolant reservoir. They ...
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Thermocouple vs Thermostat

Why don't modern engines use a thermocouple (electronic temperature sensor) instead of a (wax element) thermostat?
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Temperature gauge between half and 3 quarters?

I have a '98 Oldsmobile Intrigue and after about 20 minutes of driving the temperature gauge is between one half and 3 quarters. I was wondering if is this a problem? The coolant is at the right ...
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Jeep Cherokee A/C Trans?

The A/C wouldn't blow cold even after freon put in. The condenser and fan replaced but it keeps blowing fuses and still no A/C. Now when I check there are bubbles in transmission fluid now. What is ...
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Coolant spillover tank boiling but engine not overheating

After driving some time, is it normal that the plastic spillover coolant tank, usually attached to the fan housing, that takes boiling overflow, get so hot that you get bubbles boiling out of it even ...
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Should Multiple Coolant Hose Leaks in a Short Time Worry Me?

Right after fixing another problem with one of my cars ( 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L ), I revved the engine and all of a sudden heard the tell tale hiss of a coolant leak: As you can see, this hose just ...
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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix overheating

I have recently bought a 2005 Grand Prix V6 non supercharged. It overheats at idle and in park. I have had my head gasket and head resurfaced at Pepboys and replaced my radiator with a larger 1 inch ...
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Coolant expansion tank issue

My coolant tank is filled up to the correct level before driving off but I've taken a half an hour drive and it is very low and warning light comes on. Once stopped it cools down and the level rises. ...
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AC Cooling stops at high speed

My car ac works very fine in normal conditions. But when I drive it for awhile longer, and often at high speed, it stops cooling. I can still hear the fan sound loud and clear but air flow decreases a ...
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Radiator has a leak and the upper hose is clogged, car does not overheat. White smoke from upper hose

My car is a 2003 Buick Century and it has been leaking for the past few months (puddles of coolant under the car). Now the car begins to have white smoke coming from the engine and it has a sweet ...
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1994 Dodge Dakota V8, Antifreeze leaking from water pump

Every time I put ether antifreeze or water in my radiator it immediately comes out from beneath the water pump? What could cause that to happen?
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car over heating and white smoke coming out of the hood

I have a 98 Honda civic that I bought a few months ago. It has an after market fan that i have to turn on when I'm driving to keep it from over heating. In the winter time it wansnt a big deal to turn ...
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Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7 Losing Coolant

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7 magnum, and I have replaced the radiator, thermostat and water pump. I keep having to fill the reservoir every couple of days. Fluid keeps coming out of the ...
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Why does my overheating car cool off on declines?

Thanks for your never-ending support! The quick and precise answers and suggestions that you all provide is priceless in its worth. After the timing belt change ( I skipped the water pump, it looked ...
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Honda Civic 2002 Coolant sprinkles back from Rad cap

I am having issues with this car, so I am reaching out to masses out there who could share some of their wisdom to help me understand the actual issue with this car. It has 262K miles on it. Issue ...
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How to test the function of a water pump?

Is it possible to test a water pump for proper function (ability to move a certain volume of coolant) without disconnecting it from the engine? If so, how would one do that?
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Will an engine overheat if it has no coolant recovery tank?

My wife's Mini has a leak in the coolant recovery tank, and she has been told by the dealer that her car is at risk of overheating without the coolant recovery tank.Frankly, I don't believe it. Cars ...
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No fluid under thermal sensor | '89 Jeep Cherokee reserve cooling system won't drain? | Car dies while running? & Car dies without running?

!importantclosed-cooling-systemcherokee-89laredo6-cylender4-liternon-startstalling I'm wondering if the vacuum went bad, or if it could be anything else? !PULL THE METAL LEVER UNDER THE VACUUM WHILE ...
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Coolant in engine… Head gasket going

I have an 05 Equinox, and while idling it sometimes overheats. We have to continously add coolant every week. If this was the only problem, I'd fix it, but, there's other issues as well, and combined ...
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Low water pressure and oil pressure at the same time [closed]

I have a 98 Camaro and I would like to know what's going on with my car. It is currently experiencing of loss of water pressure and oil pressure at the same time, and then it starts knocking as if its ...
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City golf 1.3 overheating badly

I bought a new thermostat and heat gauge switch, however, my car is overheating. Every time I fill it with water, it sucks the water and I have to refill it. When I switch the car off it over heats ...
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Effects of anti-freeze concentration on engine temperature

I am curious as to how useful the engine temperature sensor actually is. It tells you the coolants temperature obviously, but I have read that the engine actually operates hotter than the coolant. For ...
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Honda Civic Overheating

My Honda Civic 2003 keep overheating after I change the radiator I change the water pump. I changed the thermostat. Can someone please help? Tell me what's wrong with my car. Thank you guys
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Washing coolant system with dish soap to remove oil residue

Someone mentioned it is a good idea to wash the coolant system with dish soap to remove residue oil. I was wondering if that is true or can it have any side effects?
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How do I troubleshoot the source of oil in my coolant?

I would like to know the step by step troubleshooting procedure for discovering the source of oil appearing in coolant. There are several different points of failure that can be the root cause for ...
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Electric water pump control

Electric fans are now common on cars, both aftermarket and stock. The advantages in horsepower, faster warmup, and hence emissions are well documented elsewhere. The same reasoning can be applied to ...
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Over heating of my 05 Honda Civic

I first purchased my Civic in Jan of 2015. My first car had terrible over heating problems so I decided to get rid of it for my civic. Turns out, my Civic has the SAME problem. I decided to take it ...
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Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

I have a 1995 Toyota Camry SE that has 195,000+ miles that has started to develop some serious problems. Aside from what I believe to be an issue with the transmission, the car had been running ...
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Min/max fill for coolant reserve/overflow tank in abscence of markings

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude SH. I am looking at the coolant reserve tank. There are no min / max fill lines visible, although the manual says there should be. I am just re-adding coolant after fixing ...
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Waterbottle cap still poping off

I have a 2008 Ford Fiesta 1.6i. The car heats up and builds pressure in the water bottle that causes the cap to pop open and boiling water to come out. I have taken it to Rord where they have done ...
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No water flow in the radiator - 99 Cadillac STS

What's wrong when water doesn't flow from your radiator. I already put a water pump and a thermostat on putits still running hot. What could be the problem?
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Why would there be transmission fluid in the water overflow reservoir?

The car is a '98 Buick Lesabre with the 3800 engine and about 170k miles. It appears as though some oil was in the radiator, but I haven't seen any signs of coolant in the oil. The water pump recently ...
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2006 VW Jetta Diesel won't warm up [closed]

A couple of years ago the VW (2006 Jetta) quit warming up. No heat, no defrost, temperature gauge reads cold! I changed thermostat and tested both 'stats at the same time. Both opened right at 195 ...
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Replace Yamaha FZ6 radiator for two smaller ones

I bought the engine of a Yamaha FZ6. I want to use it to run a competition single seater car we are builiding in the university. The engine didn't bring the radiator with it. I would like to ...
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Car won't reach operating temperature

Here's a seemingly simple problem - I noticed that the temperature gauge of my mother's 2004 Opel Meriva 1.7CDTI won't ever climb above minimum. I checked the OBD readings to see if it was a defective ...
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Coolant Reservoir

Two questions, One, is there any reason why some coolant bottles are shaped in this way? Two, if this coolant bottle was placed on its side such as in the image below for example would coolant ...
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Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6 V8 2003 automatic rpm goes high

When driving, sometimes when I want stop the vehicle, I go to press the brakes, but that time engine rpm goes high, keeping brakes pressed hard, after 5 second engine becomes normal. It goes high when ...
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MK 1 citi sport temp gauge fault

I own a MK 1 Citi Golf Sport 1.6 Carb that has 523220 km. I recently flushed the cooling system and changed the coolant. After the flush the temperature showed above normal despite changing ...
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Can radiator cool down a car too much?

Recently they replaced my stock radiator with aftermarket one (at dealership, so I hope they knew what they were doing), and since then I feel that a car is not warming up enough. Even if I warm it ...
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Why does my car sometimes blow cold air while the heater is on?

This started about a week ago. I put the heat on and about after driving a couple of miles with the heat on it would randomly blow out cold air. Sometimes if I turned the heat off or switched it from ...
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Pros and cons of using straight antifreeze

I've heard from some people that they use straight antifreeze in their cooling systems and not 50/50. What are the pros and cons of doing that? E.g. does it reduce exposure to corrosion?
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What exactly is meant by “engine coolant”?

I know that engine coolant is a fluid in the engine used to dissipate heat spots and keep the engine cool in general as the moving parts generate heat. In this context, I would call the oil an "engine ...
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How does the heater core work?

How does the heater core work? What are the inputs to the system? What are the outputs of the system? What are some common ways that it can fail?