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Answered 2007-07-27 23:10:37

if you don't have the knowledge or know someone that does on recharging the system the safest thing to do is take it to the shop.


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My 1990 Honda Civic Hatchback had a similar problem where it overheated on a seemingly random basis. I first replaced the thermostat, but that did not fix the problem. Then I replaced the water pump, again with no positive result. Finally, I replaced the radiator, which fixed the problem. As it turned out, the radiator had pinhole leaks that caused the problem. Also, when it comes to a leaking radiator, I do not suggest the 'quick fix' of additives to the radiator water that plug holes and stop leaks. These additives can cause more problems than they resolve. The best solution is to replace the radiator.

Radiator caps are pressure relief valves. They are rated at "pounds per square inch" and are designed to release some pressure from the radiator if it gets too high. If an engine overheats it can boil the coolant and this will cause the radiator cap to let out steam. Radiator caps DO lose their ability to regulate pressure and can release too soon. If the engine has not overheated, have the radiator cap tested and replaced as necessary.

If your heater core wasn't leaking at the time your radiator was replaced , then ( no ) That would be two separate jobs

The radiator will need to be replaced. Sometimes, it may seem that the radiator itself is leaking but it could be the radiator "hose" that is leaking. In this case, the radiator hose needs to be replaced and clamped tightly.

Check engine. Is radiator really full? Does the rad. fan come on? Is the fan belt on water pump tight? If these things are ok, you probably need a new thermostat.

AnswerWhen you replaced the headgasket, did you have the head checked? It could be warped, causing the gasket to fail, or worse it could be cracked. I've also seen the water jackets within the block crack if it overheated to many times.

A cracked radiator can not be fixed. A cracked radiator needs to be replaced . A mechanic can replace one in a few hours.

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I have a 2000 RT/10 and at 10000 miles the core on radiator kept plugging up and causing my Viper to overheat. I replaced my radiator and have had no more problems.

Drain the water from the radiator. Remove the radiator hoses. Remove the radiator stabilizer arm. Remove the radiator retaining bolts. Reverse the process to install the new radiator.

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Usually a radiator hose is not repaired though replaced can cost minimal of a couple of dollars to a lot of dollars depending on the hose to be replaced

Maybe it's not the radiator. Maybe it is one of the radiator hoses that is leaking. Or possibly the radiator cap or a level sensor.

It could be that the batteries are getting old and need to be replaced.

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I would suspect the thermostat is the culprit. Replace the thermostat. definately replace the thermostat, get a new gasket and all. Also, start the car cold and see if the inlet hose to the radiator warms up evenly. if it gets really hot on the engine side of the hose and is still cool by the radiator that means that there is no flow and either the thermo is installed wrong or something is clogged

If you have replaced the water pump then flush the radiator with CLR also check to see if the fan is working properly.

Assuming that the radiator and hoses are not leaking and coolant at proper level. Radiator cap worn and not maintaining coolant system pressure causing the boiling point to rapidly drop, or failing water pump. Possibly very old oil causing issue, or oil pump intermittently not working.

I just replaced the radiator in my 97 SL2 today. What exactly are you asking? Step by step instructions?

1- Air bubble caused by improper filling technique. 2- Bad radiator cap. 3- Bad ECT sensor. 4- Something else.

The head will have to be pulled and the gasket replaced. If the car overheated the head may have warped and will need to be resurfaced or replaced as well.

If it is a small leak, stopgap products like StopLeak can be used, but the radiator will eventually need to be replaced

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