Caution: Always disconnect the negative battery cable before putting you hands into a vehicles engine compartment. Caution: When the engine is hot be very careful not to touch hot engine parts. If your not sure what your doing get help from a pro.
I am not sure what you mean by the A/C running hot? However
First when the engine is cold check the radiator and make sure it is topped off with coolant.This could be caused from a number of reasons and it is helpful to give more information about the car like make model and year. Let me explain there are at least two ways of cooling the radiator. Some cars have an electric fan that is controlled by a thermostatic switch normally located near the bottom of the rad when the car gets to a certain temp the fan will come on and cool the radiator and when cool shut off. Other cars have a fan driven by a belt from the engine in the center of this fan there is a thermostatically controlled clutch which detects the air being drawn thru the rad when the air is to hot the clutch will cause the fan to turn more drawing more cool air thru the rad. When the air coming thru the rad is cool enough the clutch will allow the fan to slip or free wheel. If either type of thermostatically controlled switch goes bad the car will overheat at idle. The car cools down while driving because the cool air is forced thru the rad. Please do not confuse this thermostatic switch with the heater/engines thermostat.
I personally would check or take the car to someone qualified to check for a bad electrically controlled thermostatic type of switch on cars with electric cooling fans. On cars that are driven by a belt I would check the fan belt for slippage and the fan clutch it self when engine is cold for oil leakage or when rocked for excessive bearing play and spin the fan by hand to make sure it turns freely then start the engine and allow it to run until the heater is putting out hot air next turn the engine off and spin the fan again the fan should be harder to turn as if there is a drag on it if not I would replace the fan clutch. Electrically operated fans: Parts to check fuses, electric fan motor or thermostatic switch, or an electrical problem.
Fan Belt Driven fans: bad broken or slipping belts, thermostatically controlled fan clutch, and cracked or broken fan blades. Check both type systems for a blockage in the radiator core such as bugs dirt leaves. Last but not least if the core if self is clogged internally you might need to flush the system and or have the system pressure checked including the cap. , EzForJesus
PS Many people on accident put the heater/engine thermostat in backwards this will cause many problems This thermostat is like a one way valve and must be installed in the correct direction.
Caution: Never put your hands in or near these fans while the battery cable is connected.
On some cars you may have two radiators and two electric fans one is to cool the engine the other is to cool the a/c it is possible that the fan motor or thermostatic fan switch that cools the engine or a/c has gone out. Best way to check these fans is when your car is overheating is to stop somewhere and look under the hood to see if both are working/turning. Also if any fan blades are damaged or missing they need to be replaced. , EzForJesus
I have a Maxima 1998, I did change every thing i.e. radiator ( by agent) thermostate, coolent ... you name it. And still the car overheats and AC cuts off when temp. goes up. Lots of my frined experinced that same problem ( and if you check the web you find it is a common problem). It must be a design problem with the radiator as it might be not having enough cooloing capcity.
Even though you have already replaced the thermostat, there are other issues that can cause your Nissan Maxima to overheat. Your fan may be stuck and not operating as it should.
Low coolant, stuck thermostat, blown headgasket (from overheating BEFORE) or a damaged (rusted) water pump.
A stuck or incorrectly installed thermostat.
If the stat is stuck open,your car will slowly overheat and not reach normal operating temperature, if it is stuck closed it will overheat very quickly.
check coolant level check thermostat may be stuck closed
Low coolant level, or the cooling fan(s) are not energizing due to a bad fan motor, sensor, or relay- maybe even a broken wire. Engine coolant temperature sensor will cause that everytime... more likely than anything else because it only does it when stuck in traffic or stop sign to stop sign and not on open road.
By itself, the thermostat would have to be stuck closed causing a severe overheat condition to cause a loss of power.
The Taurus could overheat for several reasons. The coolant could be low, the fan might not be operating properly, or the engine could have a stuck thermostat.
have you flushed your radiator or changed the thermostat it could be stuck
Yes. If stuck closed the car will overheat. If stuck open the car will never warm up properly and the oil will slowly turn to sludge.
In any of the car the most cause of over heating is stuck or thermostant not opening to allow coolant circulation.
Cause And Effect
Blocked radiator, low on coolant, stuck thermostat, air in cooling system
If you're stuck in traffic and your water is low, even a little, it will overheat... or your thermostat is not opening all the way. Or your fan is not kicking in at temperature. Make sure your antifreeze is properly mixed, beause it is a coolant, too.
cause and effect
your transmission is out. your transmission is out.
Low coolant, stuck thermostat, failed waterpump, plugged radiator, inoperative radiator fans, etc.
The most likely culpret is a faulty radiator fan relay or a blown fuse. Fans are intended to force air through the radiator when the car is sitting still and reaches about 200 degrees F. If you turn your A/C on the fans should operate all the time. If the fans operate for A/C you may have a faulty temperature sensor.
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A stuck open thermostat will cause a car to run cooler than needed. It will cause oil to sludge, a loss of gas mileage due to running rich and numerous other problems.
Thermostat is stuck closed.
A stuck open thermostat will not allow the coolant to get up to proper temp, thus poor heat from heater. A stuck closed thermostat will not let coolant circulate and will cause the engine to overheat.
Clogged radiator, bad water pump, stuck thermostat, non-functioning fan. and may I add lacking of fluids.
Could be number of things, most common a stuck key on keyboard or an overheat warning-start there.
Usually the car would run cool, unless the thermostat is stuck partially open.