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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My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace

Today, after a very hot day, I saw that my coolant was almost reaching 100C/212, I pulled over, stopped and took a look over the hood. The very little water that remained in the coolant tank was all ...
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Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...
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Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil

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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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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What happens if I drive without antifreeze in my car?

What happens if I drive without antifreeze in my car (no water / no antifreeze)? This is my main question. I've added some follow up questions that are specific to my situation but for the main ...
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Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) that I have been using to drive to work on a daily basis - 10 miles each way a day on a variety of roads - streets, main roads, main roads in traffic, ...
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Ditch water in radiator

I lost a coolant hose going down the road and all my antifreeze was gone. I found a puddle along the road and filled my radiator back up after I fixed the hose. Will this cause electrolysis in my ...
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94' Honda Civic Cooling issues

Here's what's going on: The temperature remains constant on the highway. The temperature remains constant for short trips. The temperature generally remains constant when the car is not moving. (It ...
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Blazer overheating in cold temperatures

Sorry, this is going to be a bit wordy. I have lots of details... A few weeks ago, the temperature was in the single digits with a negative wind chill. I started up my 96 Blazer and let it run for 10 ...
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Changed radiator, now have misfiring?

I have a 1996 Nissan Altima. I had to change my radiator recently because it developed some cracks on the top of the tank and I would have to refill the tank every few days. When I changed the ...
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Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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Flushing coolant after driving only with water in

If I drive my truck for 30 min with just water in my system, would it be equivalent to just flushing it stationary (the proper way to flush it)? IOW, if I just drive around with a clean water refill ...
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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system

I have an interesting problem on my VW Golf MK3 TDI. Basically, sometimes the pressure cap on the coolant reservoir lets out some coolant. Here's what I know: It happens when the car is under ...
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Engine's Normal Operating Temperature

I read in the Motor Oil University article on Bob the Oil Guy's websites that: The automotive designers usually call for their engines to run at 212°F ( 100°C ) oil and water temperature with an ...
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F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold and then heat gauge will rise to extreme high, will boil over then gauge will drop to normal. Just had it flushed and no change. After driving for about 10-15 ...
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Strange cooling circuit problems in a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

Driving across Europe, i noticed the car was using water. I drove slowly and got to the destination. Since then, the symptoms have been getting stranger. The water loss is caused by excess pressure ...
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Overheating & coolant loss in 1998 Subaru Outback

I'm having trouble with this vehicle overheating, presumably from losing coolant. The problem is very similar to what's described here: ...
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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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Replaced water pump two days ago…today antifreeze filling up parking space

I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. A few days ago, I noticed the engine temp getting higher than usual. I'd checked fluids about a week prior. When I got home and checked fluids, the coolant reservoir was ...
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OVERHEATING 07 grand prix

My car has been overheating bad I took it to auto zone and hooked it up to the check engine thing and they said it was getting to 207 withing 10 secounds. It get hot fast and my heat doesnt work ...
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2005 Subaru Forester XS overheating

While on a roadtrip, the car started overheating with coolant boiling out. We refilled the radiator with coolant, but it kept occurring. We managed to make it back home by having the heater on high ...
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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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Cooling fans not running

Update This question seems to be attracting a lot of views, so I guess a lot of people are having the same problem. Just to be clear, the problem with MY fans specifically seemed to be caused by my ...
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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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Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf

I have a leaking pipe in the cooling system of my Mk Golf. It leaks about a litre in 5 miles. I'm not sure if it's worth trying Radweld with this rate of flow or if I should just try to find a ...
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Are there any disadvantages to using a “Radiator Stop Leak” product?

I have had a slow leak form the coolant system for a few months, if I drive the car every day I have to top up every few weeks. The car has 200K on the clock and is a VW Passat TDI, I only drive ...
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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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Coolant still in expansion tank after draining from engine and radiator — BMW E46 (2003 330i)

I attempted to do a cooling system flush today (along with replacement of radiator hoses, water pump and thermostat). After removing the blue drain plug (my car only had one, apparently some cars ...
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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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Oil in my radiator fluid tank?

I have a 97 Ford F350 with the 7.3l powerstroke diesel engine. There's oil where my radiator fluid should be. Do I have a blown head gasket?
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What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?

I want to wire up my old truck to turn an electric fan ON to keep the radiator cool. The ECM has an engine coolant temperature sensor mounted in the engine that alters the resistance to determine ...
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Cooling fans constantly run

This past summer I inherited a 95 Pontiac Grand am that while looking under the hood, I noticed someone had removed the air conditioning unit. I drove it throughout the summer and wasn't until the ...
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Should I remove the thermostat when doing a cooling system flush?

I am going to do a cooling system flush and after some reading and watching some youtube videos I noticed that people take different approaches. So I have the following questions: I understand that ...
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Ford Expidition Eddie Bauer 4.0 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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Should I get a second opinion from a different mechanic?

Previous question for context TL;DR: My 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE had a flashing check engine light and I found oil in the coolant. A family member took the car to a mechanic this week. He checked ...
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engine has too much cooling especially when driving hard

I'm trying to figure out why my engine temp is always very low. I do know for a fact that my gauges work. My car is a 4-afe toyota with a stock radiator and a modified fan. I also installed 2 ...
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How to test if head gaskets are blown?

Is there a definitive way to test whether head gaskets in most engines are blown, without actually reaching for the gaskets themselves (at which point you might as well go ahead and replace them) ...
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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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How to diagnose excessive coolant consumption?

Whats the best way to determine the source of coolant consumption? How should one differentiate between say a leaking radiator, leaking waterpump, leaking hoses, a blown head gasket, or crack in the ...
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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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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow

I have recently purchased a dune buggy as displayed in the photo below. Note the position of the radiator located above the seats. What I am wanting to do is install some clear perspex in the window ...
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The mysterious overheating honda civic

This is a tale that goes back about a year when I found my very first car. I needed it to commute back and forth to school. When I bought the car it worked great, everything I could have wanted. ...
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Can a blown head gasket cause overheating, without losing coolant?

My 2006 Subaru Outback overheated when my wife was driving. I got to the car that evening and its radiator was pretty low. I refilled it, and the car ran fine for a week. Then it overheated again. ...
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Changed thermostat but now constant leak around thermostat housing

I went to flush my cooling system and change the thermostat on my Mk1 Golf. All went fine until I put the new coolant in. There is a pretty steady leak from the thermostat housing. I've tightened ...
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Getting the best results sealing head gasket leak with Blue Devil

The 1998 Subaru Outback I've been having cooling system problems with turns out to have a combustion gas leak into the coolant. I suspected this but couldn't get a test to turn up anything; taking it ...
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Diagnosing overheating on 92 civic

I have a 1992 Civic that's been overheating, first only at speeds above 65 mph and only after an hour or so of driving, but it's getting progressively worse. It's drivable if I coast with the clutch ...
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Engine temperature light always on

On my Volvo 440 (1992 1.8 LI with single point injection) the engine temperature warning light is always on. The gauge seems to work okay and fluctuates between low and middle (although it does seem ...
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What happens when under-filled coolant overheats?

I have a bmw k1200s motorcycle. You suppose to fill in the coolant using vacuum. I usually fill it in at home, drive to a dealer and let them deal with the vacuum stuff. it didn't work out this time. ...
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Flushing built up Rust and Mineral Deposits in Cooling System

The previous owner ran tap water in the cooling system for few years, and we have very heavy, mineral rich water locally. When I bought the car about six months ago, I drained the water, and put a ...