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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Engine temperature increases when idling though thermo fan is working

I am trying to diagnose an issue with my Mk1 Golf. The engine heats up when the car is idling or in traffic but cools down almost instantly when I start moving again. I would presume this is the ...
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2003 Pontiac Bonneville - How to Remove Relays in Fusebox

My grandparents have a 2003 Bonneville which has, in the past few months, started to become very wishy-washy with its air conditioning fans. They'll work one day, then not the next. They'll hit a bump ...
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Honda hybrid fan on after engine off

What is the reason my honda civic 2005 (manual) hybrid turns the fan on, after I turn the engine off? A mechanic told me that is meant to cool the engine down. Why does Honda need to have the engine ...
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VW Golf TDI 2007 Coolant Leak

Had waterpump replaced and belts, but the reservoir keeps running out of water in traffic but seems okay on open road, mechanic has had a look and no visible leaks and checked gaskets and all okay. ...
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95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow

I have a 95 geo metro. Car runs good and has normal power. When car is idling it runs fine with no overheating or coolant being pushed out of the overflow. I was told to replace the water pump, ...
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2003 Acura TLS running hotter than usual

I'm having some concerns with my car's engine temperature. Last weekend after being stopped at an intersection, the engine temperature went up higher than usual, about 75% of the way to the red line. ...
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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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Oil in the cooling system

I have a 2003 Chrysler GT, PT Cruiser with less then 60000 miles. It is a four cylinder 2.4L, that is turbo charged, and is automatic. I had a hole in the over flow tank and had it replaced with a new ...
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Camry 01 loosing coolant

I've camry 2001 LE, with 149K on it. Recently, I noticed coolant leak from the radiator and replaced the radiator. I still was loosing coolant little bit, so performed coolant pressure test. The upper ...
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What causes grey engine corrosion?

I recently had my oil light come on in my 2004 Chevy Malibu. This resulted in a visit to a mechanic (after putting 3 QTS of oil in it) to see if there might be something more serious than a leak ...
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How to determine the cause of leak in a Mazdaspeed 3?

When stopping for gas on the way home, I noticed a red fluid running out from the front of my car. It had a reddish tint to it and was coming out from under the passenger side wheel. I checked the ...
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Bent radiator fins — how many is too many?

Hi I thought I fixed some previous overheating problems but I only helped them. My car was running fine when it was 95F or so over the weekend but now it's 110F(yes, hell, I know) outside and my cars ...
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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 and recently flushed cooling system and changed coolant. after flush the temp showed above normal despite changing EVERYTHING! I also replaced ...