Blueneo03: few more updates on the inside

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Post by BaLLisTiK » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:57 pm

Overheating checklist 101

*Radiator Cap.
*Thermostat.
*Thermostat housing (gasket?).
*Leaks (Heater hoses, radiator hoses, water pump, etc)

*Replace the radiator.
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Post by 2drSRT4 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:15 pm

I would check the fans and the fan relay before I touched any of that list.
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Post by blueneo03 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:22 pm

ya ive done the thermostat.... the rad cap looks good... the thermo stat housing gasket is new and my fans work...

so lost....
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Post by 2drSRT4 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:07 pm

Is your water flowing? Like having you tried pulling the cap off while the engine is at operating temperature and the engine is running?
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Post by blueneo03 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:25 pm

ya its going but when it starts flowing once it really gets goin it starts bubbling out.... it seems like there should be more in there but if i put more in it all comes out.....
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Post by 08kgraves » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:31 pm

are you just filling it through the overflow? because thats what you need to be doing.

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Post by 2drSRT4 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:58 pm

If it's bubbling it might have a blown head gasket...
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Post by 08kgraves » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:03 pm

possible. or it could just be an air pocket if not filling through the overflow. but to be safe pull the oil dipstick and see if it smells like chocolate milk. if so blown head gasket

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Post by blueneo03 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:52 pm

no i was filling it through the rad cap but my overflow is full too.... and how else can i check for HG failure? or easily without smelling the dipstick....
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Post by 08kgraves » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:05 am

yeah u have to let it heat up with radiator cap on. that way no new air bubbles form. once it starts to overheat just a little shut it off and ass it cools it will suck the coolant out of the overflow. when i did mine i had to do this a couple times and refill the overflow a couple times. so try that. but if your radiator cap is bad it wont allow it to suck the coolant into the system as it cools just so you know. as for a possible blown hg, its really not that bad to smell the dipstick. it will be the easiest way to tell though. but if your oil looks milky at all then it has coolant in it so it would be a blown head gasket. i dont know when your last oil change was but you could always change the oil and watch it drain out to see if it still looks like oil. if its extremely runny and white at all then you have coolant in the oil. try letting it warm up with cap on first though and see if that works.

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Post by BaLLisTiK » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:30 am

If your head gasket is bad you will have one of two things, a Leak or white smoke from your exhaust.

Sounds to me like you need to replace your radiator. Do you know how old it is? The tiny OEM radiators on the neon are very lucky to survive 5-6 years. They clog easy, especially if you have ever used hose water or tap water to top it off.. Chlorine, lime, etc in the water will build up in the radiator.
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Post by 2drSRT4 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:37 am

BaLLisTiK wrote:If your head gasket is bad you will have one of two things, a Leak or white smoke from your exhaust.

Sounds to me like you need to replace your radiator. Do you know how old it is? The tiny OEM radiators on the neon are very lucky to survive 5-6 years. They clog easy, especially if you have ever used hose water or tap water to top it off.. Chlorine, lime, etc in the water will build up in the radiator.
I've seen cars that have blown head gaskets and don't have either of those problems.
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Post by 08kgraves » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:47 am

also check your trany fluid if its an automatic to make sure it did not bust inside the radiator and your leak would be there. but yeah if u have a blown head gasket you will have a leak somewhere even if it is internally. but it wont smoke unless your getting antifreeze into the combustion chamber somehow.

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Post by blueneo03 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:48 am

okay ill try to checck some of those things... im hoping for not a blown hg.... but the radiator is most likely 13 yrs old.... and 200k on it... its most likely stock
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Post by blueneo03 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:26 pm

okay so been a while.... but i smelled the dipstick and it smells like oil.... have a new radiator but i havent put it on yet.... got a new radiator cap and it just overheats faster now....
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