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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will assist you with the overheating question.
To begin, the coolant level must be full.
Next would be a cooling fan that may not be coming on.
WHen does the overheating occur? In town or on the freeway?
Happened this morning in town temp guage goes all the way up to red in no time. The heat does not come on sometimes too.
If the heat does not come on the coolant is not flowing through the heater core. This can be caused by low coolant level, poor circulation (slipping water pump) or an internal engine problem.
Check the coolant level to begin with. Do not check it when the engine is hot.
What about the the temp guage?
If the coolant level is low, the coolant cannot circulate, so the engine gets hot. This makes the gauge go high.
If the level is low, then you need to find out why. You should get the cooling system pressure tested to find the leak.
It's also possible that it overheated to the point it boiled the coolant out. If this is the case, then it may be a sticking thermostat, a plugged up radiator, inoperative cooling fans.
We are checking on the coolant.Seems low. Poured coolant in , waiting for result.
If the coolant is very low, you may have some air trapped in the system. You may need to add to it a few times until the air is bled out.
It will take quite a while to refill it completely.
You will need to operate the engine until the thermostat opens. This will allow the air trapped behind it to come through out of the engine.
Are you required to wait until we figure out if this is the problem?
Have to go outside to check.
:) No, but go ahead and fill it. Just sitting at home helping folks out like you.