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Re Jeep Cherokee manufactured date 10/2002 - 3.7 petrol,

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Hi, re Jeep Cherokee manufactured date 10/2002 - 3.7 petrol, manual. Problem overheating.
I can drive all day at 50km/h and all OK, even on very hot day. But get up to 60km/h and it will start to overheat - and when it does it just goes up and up 'til I turn engine off. This happens even in cool weather. Has been checked out by several mechanics and all the usual issues have been addressed. No water leaks, fan OK, radiator flushed out, radiator cap and thermostat replaced, water pressure OK.
Any ideas? one forum member suggested removing temperature sensor at back of engine and thoroughly scrubbing this clean. That is my next job, but looks really hard to get to. Is there anything else I can check?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Clayso replied 2 years ago.

Hi Adrian, I'm Clayso a certified master automobile technician with 30 years of automotive repair and diagnostic experience.


From your description there is a flow problem most likely the radiator itself. What is happening at highway speeds is the coolant in the radiator is not cooling down enough fast enough to keep the engine temperature in the normal range. Simple drain and fills and radiator flushes will clean out the tanks of the radiator but these procedures don't do a very good job of cleaning out the tubes that connect the tanks of the radiator. The tubed or finned area of the radiator is where the actual heat exchange takes place, when the flow becomes restricted through all of the tubes the cooling system just can't cool down enough before the thermostat opens up again and lets overheated coolant from the radiator back into the engine. Replacing the radiator is one sure way to solve flow problems. This system if not properly maintained will gel up and plug the radiator.


Another thing to check is the water pump. If the water pump is bad, or the pumps impeller is loose the heater will not heat properly.


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