Hi Pearl, I'm a mechanic from years ago who has moved on to a new career, but I have a chevy venture that is overheating. There is no coolant in the oil, and the system is putting out gasses. A local shop says it's the head gasket
, but have never seen a head gasket make an engine
overheat like this. It overheats in minutes. When I made sure the system was full of coolant, it got real hot, but did not overheat. I think this is a plugged radiator
because the coolant is brown, like someone used Bars-Leak at some point, and I find build-up of brown crap everywhere. I just don't believe it's the head gasket, I think the radiator is plugged and not cooling down the coolant.
JA: Have you checked the coolant? Have you checked for a leak in the cooling system?
Customer: I replaced the thermostat and the temp sensor to make sure I wasn't getting bad readings or a stuch thermostat. But to overheat in less than 5 minutes, that can't be a head gasket. Driving the car makes it overheat in a longer timeframe, but only minutes.
JA: What year is your Venture?
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: look up in text
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Just that the radiator cap, and every part of the inside of the coolant system is full of brown gunk. Its not oil, it is hard and has to be chipped away.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Chevy Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.