Step by step guide on how to troubleshoot and repair an automotive engine overheating
or running hot problems P0217, though appearance may vary the process is similar
for most vehicles.
Difficulty Scale: 4 of 10
Begin with the vehicle on level ground, engine cold (off) in park with the emergency
Step 1 - Engine coolant is used to transfer heat
from the engine to the radiator, over time this coolant can dissipate and lose effectiveness.
To check this fluid wait until the engine is cold, slowly remove the radiator cap,
a small amount of pressure maybe released which is normal, add coolant to just above
the minimum level marker. Low levels of coolant can lead to problems related to
engine overheating. Always maintain proper levels of coolant in the overflow coolant
reservoir tank also, re install the cap properly.
Step 10 - When a
converter fails it will partially plug the exhaust system creating excessive
backpressure in the exhaust system which causes the engine to have less power. To
compensate for this low power condition the driver will increase the throttle which
then creates excessive heat overloading the cooling system causing overheating.
This condition is always accompanied by low engine power. -