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The motor on car is overheating and the radiator cold with plenty of steem from the bleeder and blowing a little from exzaustwhats wrong?
I hate to say it, but if you have steam coming from the exaust, it's probably indicative of engine damage, possibly a blown head gasket. Generally if the radiator is cold, and… the car is overheating, the possibilities include, a stuck closed thermostat, a stopped up radiator, a non-fuctioning water pump, or possibly a severly low level of coolant in the system, i.e., not enough coolant in the engine to circulate any through the radiator. Whatever you do, do not attempt to open the radiator cap while the engine is hot. You will severly burn yourself. Wait until the car is cold, open the radiator cap, and check the coolant level. My suspicion is that you will not see any coolant, because it has all either leaked out, or been boiled out. If you find this, I reccommend you get some help properly filling the radiator. It OS not as easy as just putting water in, because the system, has to be "burped" that is, the air pockets must be purged with a process that involves constantly carefully removing the cap while the engine is running, and adding more coolant several times. This can be dangerous if you don't know exactlt what you are doing because you can severly burn yourself strongly suggest you get some help. After all this, you I suspect you will find that the engine is damaged, and needs fairly expensive repair. ( Full Answer )