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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Is it all right to clean a car radiator with vinegar and chlorine?

I got the idea from this article, where it suggests cleaning your washing machine using chlorine bleach and then vinegar. I have successfully used this method to clean my household washing machine ...
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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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Will a radiator suck fluid out of the overflow tank if I didn't fill the radiator completely?

I recently changed the engine coolant in my 2006 Prius. The system is the type which has the radiator cap on the radiator and a separate overflow tank. The whole system yielded about 1.5 gallons of ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Difficulty starting car: caused by radiator leak?

OBSERVATIONS 95 Acura Integra LS has been emitted a funny smell of cooked chemicals for the last three days after running the vehicle. Today, there was difficulty starting the car that followed a ...
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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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2006 Toyota Sienna overheating and now knocking?

This is my first post so bear with me, please. About a month ago I was given a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The first two weeks it was driving like a dream and very quiet. It has about 350,000 miles. The ...
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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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radiator removed – is it still possible to flush system?

I'm replacing radiator and a/c condenser on my car. After hitting a deer, they both bent inward and most of the coolant leaked out of the car. I got both of them off the car and realized I forgot to ...
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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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2000 Honda prelude radiator issue

I was driving my Honda prelude and all of a sudden it shut down and wouldn't start again. I pushed the vehicle to the side of the street and opened the hood. The radiator frame where the hose ...
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Why does the radiator fan have to start when turning the A/C on?

The inner blower fan is the one that pushes the air and not the radiator fan.
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2002 Honda Civic Overheating -

So I have a 2002 Honda Civic Lx. I’m not really too shabby with this car thing. We have changed my thermostat. My dad has replaced one of the hose. The system has been flushed. I don't know what's ...
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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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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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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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Blown head gasket? (Decent compression numbers but cooling system doesn't hold pressure, no external leak)

I have a Mazda MX-5 and it was overheated due to the water pump belt failure. I replaced the belt afterwards and the car drove fine. I brought the car to the shop and they told me it has head gasket ...
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Mysterious honda civic 2002 overheating some time

Okay, so lets start here. First my car started overheating. We changed the thermostat but it keeps on over heating. Let me explain my problem. I am driving on highways my heaters work perfectly ...
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Coolant level is below “low” in the expansion tank, dealership service says this is normal?

I took my car to the dealership for an oil change and inspection, which includes the fluids being checked and topped off. After the service, I took a look at the fluids in the car. There is a tank ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect nation chain mechanics to recognize a blown head gasket from a radiator problem before installing new radiator?

PepBoys replaced my radiator a week ago exactly, because it blew a hose a week before. It also had the following symptoms:. *spewing white smoke and fluid out the tail pipe. *radiator losing all its ...
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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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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about 50-...
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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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Overheating as a result of water not returning from reservoir to radiator

Please can someone help me out with this problem of overheating. I had one honda civic 2004 SE that is recently giving me headache in fact I thought of selling the car but I wouldn't like to do that ...
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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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BMW radiator problems

My radiator is spewing water when it is shut down. No hoses are leaking. Comes out of the bottom of the BMW and there isn't any over heating that the gauge shows.Can I still drive it if I fill the ...
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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VW Polo strange issue of overheating

can I kindly ask your opinion on my car issue? I'm not deep in field of engines and this problem is causing my serious headache and a total waste of cash without any results. I've a 2015 VW Polo TDI. ...
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white smoke coming from engine

I have a 2007 Holden Barina. About 2 months ago my engine was constantly over heating and I was having to top it up with water at least every third day. Took it to the mechanic who said he thought ...
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Cooling systems without a drain valve

What are the methods used to replace coolant on a vehicle without a drain? I am due to change the coolant on a vehicle with a very tight engine bay and no drain plug in the radiator. The hose clamps ...
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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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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 ...
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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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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Steam coming from radiator, odd noise while accelerating

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla and last night while driving on the freeway, every time I pressed the gas pedal, the car would make a very noticeable sound. I pulled over and, as soon as I did, steam ...
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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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Smoke coming out from the radiator

I have a 2008 Toyota Auris. Yesterday I was stuck in traffic, and I noticed that the temperature was getting high as time was passing by. At one point I had to stop because the temperature was at its ...
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Radiator Flush Mazda 3 2010 - 100,000 miles

I'm working on flushing the radiator on my 2010 Mazda 3 at 10,000 miles. Am I correct to assume an appropriate process is to iterative by filling and drain the system with distilled/de-mineralized ...
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2004 grand caravan. Steams near cap

Our caravan steams like it is overheating but its not. We bought a new cap but it still does it. Its right up around the cap somewhere.. Will bars leak seal up that high? Please let me know
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2016 Chevy Trax

I took my Trax in because the heater was blowing cold air. Not overheating, just no heat. After waiting over two hours for the diagnostic, they told me I needed a new water pump. Is that possible? ...
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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 ...