As much as I like Corsicas, they do present their problems and the one question I get asked the most is "Why is my Corsica overheating?" In my experiences most people have gone and replaced their rads and thermostats without checking first to see if there is an air-lock in the motor or if you may have a shot head-gasket. The Corsica motor that gave me the most problems was a '91 3.1L V6. There are a couple of ways to try to "Burp" out the air. 1) One is to put the front end of the car up on ramps, turn off the engine before it can warm up, pop the hood and remove the rad cap, then with the cap off start the car and let it run for 5-15 minutes and listen for any "Burping" noises coming from deep within the motor or coming up out of the rad. 2)EXTREME CAUTION! Rad Fluid Can Easily Reach Temperatures in Excess of 200 Degrees!!! (I personally do not recommend trying this unless you are extremely experienced with automobiles) The second is to "Rev-up" or "Goose" the throttle and overheat the engine to get the rad fluid boiling, then with the car running stand in front of it and hold some kind of shield in front of your body as the rad fluid is going to spray out as soon as you start to loosen the rad cap...so be prepared, and remove the rad cap as quick as you can and just let it spray. If you are really lucky this will induce the air that is trapped at the bottom of the motor to release itself. If you still cannot get it to "Burp" then you should take it to a shop or an experienced friend and ask for their help.
The island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is pretty big. The northern tip is at 43 degrees north, 9 degrees 25 minutes east. The southern tip is at 41 degrees 22 minutes north, 9 degrees 15 minutes east. Each minute of latitude difference equates to 1 nautical mile, so it is easy to calculate that Corsica is 1 degree and 38 minutes long, or 98 nautical miles from north to south.
Yes your thermostat is working if it is drawing coolant after about ten minutes. It depends on the size of your motor to determine how long it should take to hit the right temp for the thermostat to open up so it can send coolant through the system. If it starts within ten minutes your thermostat is working fine
If a thermostat is working, it should open at a specific temperature, which varies depending on the thermostat. Common temps are 195, 180 and 160. To check the thermostat, removed it from the engine, and place it in a pan of water with a thermometer. Heat the water to boiling and watch the thermostat. It should open before the water boils. Check the temperature at which it opens completely and see if that is satisfactory. Anotehr WA is to start the eingine and let it idle. Obviously, if the engine overheats there is a problem. It could be a thermostat that is stuck closed or something else. If the engine does not warm up, or does not maintain a good operating temperature, then the thermostat is stuck open. If after ten minutes or so, the upper radiator hose is hot to the touch, then the thermostat is probably working properly. Personally, I just change mine if there is any question if it is good or not. They are cheap. I often replace mine when I flush the cooling system, just like I change my cap and rotor every year.
replace the thermostat, sometimes when cars overheat people try to bandage the problem by removing it. Works for temp. fix but when you replace the rad if there is not a thermostat there is nothing to keep the coolant in the rad long enough to cool. Also you should check for a blown head gasket, go to your local rad shop and ask them to test it.
If you are talking about the 3.1 V6 engine in the 96 Corsica then the fuel filter is located about midway between the front and back tires on the underside of the car. It is attached to the frame almost underneath the handle to open the door. Since it has been awhile since I have changed it. I cant rememeber which side it is on. . Located somewhere between the engine and the fuel tank. Get under the car and follow the fuel lines. It is under the trunk. Crawl under the rear of the car, and on the rear seat bottom it is there. Its in a clip. Just changed mine like 5 days ago. 10 minutes and my was rusted on good. 5 minutes if your good. Good luck
Water pumps are totally mechanical; if they don't leak or make noise they are OK. Period. The stat should be at the lower end of the top radiator hose within the water outlet, but before replacing it try this: remove the rad cap and allow engine to run for about 20 minutes checking the coolant level during this time and adding as necessary. Bleeding trapped air out of your system may be all that you need to do. If it still overheats change the stat. I hope this helps you.
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