Questions tagged [radiator]

A radiator is a heat transfer device that allows air to pass freely over fines that conduct heat from liquid circulated within an engine to cool it.

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Losing coolant daily, but not overheating

I drive a BMW Z4 2003 with 93k miles and I noticed for the first time the other day the coolant fill up light go on when I was driving. I checked the coolant level and it was bone dry. so I filled it ...
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2004 Suzuki Aerio running hot

I just put in a new radiator, new cap, new hoses. My hoses are swelling. And when then cap is off the radiator if foams. The car is not overheating. Also the overfill hose is pushing out air. But ...
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My Solara 2005 showing hot steam coming under hood

I have been smelling something strange over a week and now catch it https://youtu.be/0tv9vBT_oKU It is shooting hot steam and I believe one time I saw a little bit red fire coming out from the right ...
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Is this shop trying to take me? [closed]

hi hello greetings and salutations, oh... and HOWDY, yawl. Just acquired me a used and mysterious 1998 5.4 v8 ford van. I didn't know much about it other than it was runnin ok, I guess. Took her to ...
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Hows come upper radiator hose is so hot? [closed]

I'm bubba. I got a 5.4 v8 ford van from 1998. I just replaced a cracked radiator on it. But now, I swear my upper radiator hose is hotter than it outta be. My odb-ii computer scanner says the ...
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Unexpected explosion of coolant after new radiator install

I just slapped a new radiator into my 5.4 1998 ford van. I followed the step by steps. Once the new one was in there I was to understand that you just refill the reservoir, then turn on the van and ...
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Coolant confusion - What type of coolant to put in this thang?

Just slapped a new radiator in my trusty steed -- a ford e150 1998 with a 5.4 in it. I drained the old radiator slop out like your'e supposed to... but half the old stuff is still sittin in the ...
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Has a gasket caused my radiator to fail?

I have a cracked radiator that I plan to fix or replace. I am concerned, though. I did some rudimentary Google research and the general consensus is that I may potentially be replacing parts without ...
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Should the radiator fan operate while the car is moving?

I have noticed in my car that has an issue with overheating sometimes that even when Im driving 60KM/h+ that the radiator fan kicks at high speed. What I understand that when the car is on the move ...
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Overheating engine

Overheating engine. I Recently took my 1959 Ford Skyliner to a mechanic To fix transmission and engine leaks. In addition, the mechanic installed power brakes and changed my generator out for a 90 amp ...
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Will driving car without coolant cap do long term damage to car?

So this morning I did something stupid. I had checked the coolant in my car and it was fractionally below the min point, but still fluid in the tank. I poured in some water so it filled to between the ...
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Radiator cap build up

So I pulled the thermostat to see if that was bad and it was still good also checked my oil and it wasn’t milky but I pulled the radiator cap off and this was built up on it And I’m wondering what ...
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How can I fix a mixed coolant problem?

My husband noticed out coolant level was low and added in green on top of orange. He didn't know the coolants shouldn't mix. Now I'm worried that our car is ruined because of this. I know they can do ...
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Small amount of dim white smoke coming from engine compartment?

I recently found out that there was a crack in my radiator in my 2011 Nissan Maxima. I didn't have the money the day of to get it fixed so I drove home (8 miles away) but I would've never known ...
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Upper radiator hose smoking

Steam coming out of the hose where upper radiator hose connects to the radiator. Hose itself has no damage just seems to steam from where it connects to the radiator. Car overheating
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Radiator Hose was unattached!

so I have a 2015 Infiniti QX70 that I took in for its routine oil change (Infiniti dealership). Before they completed the job, they recommended I replace the top radiator hose, bottom hose, and some ...
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Was sent radiator for automatic rather than manual. Can I simply connect the two unneeded outlets with a piece of radiator hose?

Radiators for the automatic version of my car have a couple of extra coolant outlets at the bottom for cooling the auto transmission. I was sent the wrong radiator and I don't need these in my manual ...
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Ive just had a waterpump replaced on my 2014 tiguan a nd after1 hours drive it overheated

2014 vw tiguan, SUV, 2 litre petrol turbo, overheating, I've just had a waterpump replaced and after 1 to 2 hours drive it overheated, on short trips the two fans stay on for 1 to 2 minutes a after I ...
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Is this damage to radiator fins enough to be causing overheating?

Trying to diagnose issues with an overheating 1988 Honda Accord, I pulled the rad to flush it. The lower section has damaged fins as such, though the rad does not leak and holds water fine. It's not ...
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Sludge in the oil of a Subaru Forester

My Subaru Forester has 105k. For the past three years, I've had to add oil to it at an increasing rate. In the past few months, I've had to add a quart every week or two. I have recently found out ...
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Thermofans not staying on long enough?

I am working on a 1988 Honda Accord (2lt, injected, A-series engine) that has been sitting a while. I am getting an issue with it overheating (after about 20 mins idling). The thermofans kick on at ...
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Accidentally poured oil in car's radiator. Can I drive it or should I get it towed? [duplicate]

Somehow I managed to get engine oil instead of antifreeze in my car's radiator, about 50-60 ml maybe. It is a 2004 Fiat Panda which I don't plan keeping for more than a couple of years, so I do not ...
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Its -38 and car wont start

So I ran out of gas in -40°c we filled the tank and put in fuel line antifreeze, tried starting the car and it cranks but wont turn over so we had no choice but to leave it for 2 days due to the cold....
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Oil in power steering

If someone put oil in my radiator and in my power steering, how long before the car would overheat? I had an oil change on 11/19 and no one else has done anything to the car except put gas in the gas ...
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How long can I run radiator flush in my car?

My cooling system is quite nasty and needs a flush. I followed instructions on radiator flush, which said to run the car no more than an hour. However few tutorial videos online suggest running ...
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Do I need my system cooling fans running during the winter months?

I know I need it, but I’m going to get a new car in a couple of months, and I just really need something to get me to work and to school, which is only about 15 min drives. My car sounds the same, and ...
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Rubber pieces found in engine coolant

ISSUE: I found small pieces of rubber debris in the coolant. They are a little smaller than part of a fingernail clipping. The rubber hoses have flaking rubber when inspecting them on the inside. ...
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How to top off a radiator with a recovery tank?

How is the correct way to top off one's radiator when it has a recovery tank? In a radiator that has a recovery tank beside it (as described below), is it necessary to get most of the air out of the ...
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What's this loose o-ring in radiator neck?

2002 Toyota Corolla. Changed out the coolant on our friends car to find a beat up square rubber o-ring loose in the radiator neck. Photo below with it resting on the radiator. Please advise if this ...
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How can I tell if my radiator is bad?

I have a problem with overheating (1988 Honda Accord CA/LXi). I've replaced the water pump, radiator cap and thermostat, with no change. I've flushed the system and the coolant came out clean. There ...
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Are some engines produced without coolant overflow containers?

I bought a used mini excavator (Terex HR1.6). I followed the overflow hose from the radiator. It ends in free air – i.e. no overflow tank or valve or anything. I have the machine's manual, and I can'...
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New Radiator Fan Issues in my 2010 Ford Focus

I put a new fan in my Ford Focus the other day and the first day it didn't work so I took it to my mechanic and it's been working since he said he hasn't done anything so I'm not sure if that's true ...
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Jeep Patriot 2009 Model smoke from under hood when in traffic **PLEASE HELP -ADVICE***

I brought this jeep form a dealership about 6 months ago. When we got it there was nothing wrong it? Took it in for its first service and they advised everything is fine and replaced a few light bulbs....
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Pressure build up in radiator in a 2010 Subaru Outback

I have pressure build up in the radiator but no leaks found. The water pump was checked an nothing there. Mechanic thinks it could be a head gasket, but everything I have read stated that I would ...
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What are the effects of using sulfamic acid to clean a radiator that is plugged up about 75%?

I've got a 1991 school bus with a CAT 3116 that gets a little hot on the highway and the stop engine light comes on. Only the top 25% of the radiator gets hot while the bottom remains very cold. I've ...
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2013 Chevy Cruze A/C not working and possibly radiator fan

I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze and all of a sudden I get in the car and there is no A/C. The fan is blowing just warm/hot air. After checking the fuses (not sure how to test relays) I did notice that while ...
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Antifreeze is evaporating

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla and I don't know why the antifreeze is evaporating. I don't have a leak, but my antifreeze is evaporating. What causes that. Every month I have to add antifreeze to my ...
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Tried running a block tester twice, coolant got into the tube

I read the instructions. I used a turkey blaster to remove the coolant from the radiator hose. The first time, while I was pumping it, it seemed to be going as advetised until the coolant got in, so I ...
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How to repair a 86 pontiac firebird that has oil in the radiator?

I have a 1986 Pontiac firebird 2.8l engine. My ex boyfriend accidentally (or intentionally)poured oil into my radiator without my knowledge and I drove the car until it died (no longer starts) after ...
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Poured Antifreeze Coolant into radiator without diluting. Any issues? How to remedy it

There was smoke from the radiator while driving, and after googling, realized that i might need to add coolant fluid. Last night, I bought a can of antifreeze coolant and filed the radiator and spare ...
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How much coolant needs to be added to radiator?

I drive a 2001 Buick Century. It has had some coolant problems/leaks on and off. My father in law was helping me with the car, and he told me that the radiator must be filled to the tippy top up to ...
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cant squeeze return hoses to the Coolant Reservoir

when the engine goes warm this hose return fluid to the Coolant Reservoir. but the pressure of returning water is very low. this is mean my radiator get stuck? or its okay to return water with low ...
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Deionized water for batteries and radiators

Confused! Auto parts stores sell deionized water for auto use only; claiming they are prepared solely for this use. Not for human consumption. What do they do differently after making DI water? Are ...
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Hard top radiator hose soft bottom hose [duplicate]

I've been investigating my friends Xterra overheating issue and noticed that after idling for a while the top radiator hoses was rock hard while the bottom one was much softer. Could this be an ...
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Honda 2.4 VTEC (2002 CRV): Throwing code P1259 after doing a lot of work on it this weekend

The upper radiator neck broke in half on our 2002 Honda CR-V (2.4 VTEC), which lead to some overheating. It was hot for about half a mile based on her story.. So this weekend I replaced the radiator ...
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Electrical Issue with over heating-2008 PT Cruiser

In October 2018 I purchased a 2008 PT Cruiser and immediately it overheated as I drove it home (purchased from a no warranty place). I took it to a shop that specializes in radiators and they ...
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Ticking and burping noises after valve cover gasket change and radiator issues

I'm a first time driver. Got my (first and only) car, an Acura 99 TL, about 8 months ago with 155k miles. I have driven it for about 9k miles now. Had no issues whatsoever, except for an occasional ...
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Replacement ford fiesta radiator has extra hose

I own a ford fiesta mk6 car. I recently bought a replacement radiator. Unfortunately I think its for an older model or different variant (ST150?) Is it possible to use the new radiator in my old setup ...
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1997 Nissan what does it mean if there’s steam coming from the hood of the car

After my car has been running for a while and I park I can see steam coming from the hood. It doesn’t stop until the car cools off. I check the radiator it’s full of water/ coolant, overflow is it in ...
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2002 Honda Accord special edition

Replaced radiator just yesterday. Engine temp gage went past the HOT. The Honda engine isn’t smoking or leaking. Please advise?

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