Mechanics

CAR OVERHEATS

1999 Toyota Corolla

Engine Cooling problem
1999 Toyota Corolla 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 93,000 miles

Hi, just had my car serviced, they did a new clutch, master brake cyl, flushed radiator & oil change. Car had been off the road for 3 years or so. When I got it back from mechanic I drove it about 3- 4 hours and then the check engine light came on, later it just totally overheated in the middle of manhattan traffic. The radiator was bone dry so I added almost a gallon of coolant and it seemed fine.

last couple times I took it out it runs fine when moving, even at high speeds on the highway. However, when idling or in traffic the engine temp quickly overheats, even on cool days. I checked for coolant leak and there isn't any pooling under car even when parked for a few days, so I don't think she has a leak. Which leaves the fan or T-stat what do you guys think?

Thanks-

PD
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Damicopa
September 16, 2008.



Hi PD,

Check the coolant level in the radiator again. There could be air pockets in the system when you top up the coolant.

A pressure test to check for leaks would be recommended.

KHLow2008
Sep 20, 2008.