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Unread 03-06-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Possible overheating?

Hey all, today very randomly, I noticed an abundance of steam pouring from my hood, I could immediately tell it was antifreeze, I popped the hood and It had obviously been spewing from the radiator, but the motor did not seem hot, not was the gauge reading hot, so what's the deal here? What's your opinions? (All of this was right after I installed a Superchips as well)

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Unread 03-06-2015, 09:09 PM   #2
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if it's coming out the rad, you have a hole in it, if it's coming out the surge bottle... you have a blow headgasket.
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Unread 03-07-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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More on this, please. Any coolant coming out of the overflow bottle, or just steam? And what other signs would there be?
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Unread 03-07-2015, 10:20 AM   #4
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Sorry I'm out of town visiting family and having to do all of this off my phone, hard to keep my thoughts straight, I had driven about 30 miles and pulled off for some gas, that's when i noticed the steam. The steam was just the antifreeze on the motor burning off, it appeared it had been coming out of the radiator. My overflow was dry as a bone, but the motor didn't seem to be running hot, even when I popped the cap on the radiator. No excessive pressure, no bubbling or anything. I put some more antifreeze in the tank last night and ill check it In a little bit to see if it's leaking

Update: just checked the overflow tank and once again it's dry, but radiator is still full
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Unread 03-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #5
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Was the radiator completely full, or was it alittle low? The reason I ask this is because I'm trying to figure out where the hole is in the rad. Have you tried running the engine to pin point where she's leaking from?
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Unread 03-07-2015, 02:32 PM   #6
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Yes the radiator was full, I just drive it about another 60 miles, and I thought it had fixed itself cause their as no more steam or excess antifreeze on the motor, but when I got back it was steaming from the hose on the right of the radiator, and the overflow tank was filling up quite a bit
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Unread 03-07-2015, 06:09 PM   #7
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Is it just a bad hose, or rad.?
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Unread 03-07-2015, 09:27 PM   #8
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I'm not sure, I will probably inspect it tomorrow when I can pull it into a garage, keeping fingers crossed though that it's nothing major
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Unread 03-08-2015, 11:09 AM   #9
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If you can get one of these it will tell you where your leak is coming from

http://www.princessauto.com/en/detai...er/A-p8072605e

Or just go to the dealership and ask them to check it, they may or may not charge you if you go there often enough.
In the end it will be the same money since most places charge 100 dollars(if they do)

The overflow tank filling up is normal, it's when it starts pissing out that you should worry, or lots of air bubbles coming from the bottom. If you're worried about a blown head gasket they sell strip testers at parts store that you just dip in your coolant and they will colour themselves if you do, or do not have combustion gas elements in your coolant.

You may also have a clogged rad, if you, or the previous owner if there is one, has ever used stop leak in the system, or it's never been flushed with new coolant, corrosion will occur in your system and contaminants will clog the rad. Coolant never looses its antifreeze ability unless you add water, but the corrosion inhibitors will lose their effectiveness over time. Red is 5 year and Green is 2 year.
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