OVERHEATING PROBLEM

  • Tiny
  • rusty64
  • 2001 Nissan Xterra
  • 150,000 miles

This car overheats while climbing a hill on freeway, while driving around town no problem.I did the head gaskets last nov. While this problem just started. Its a v6 with ac, autotrans. The rad is approx 2yrs old. Since the heating problem i've put a new stat, a new fan clutch, new rad cap.I did a block check plus took it to a rad shop and they did a blockcheck and found nothing in fact they are scratching there heads?I work in the auto industry (for chevy)and have asked everyone.I hope you can give me some ideas as this is my daughters vehicle and a want my wheels back. This seems to be a stumper! Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 AT 4:36 AM

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  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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I have come across these cars with radiator problems, being residue casting sand blocking the cores, you still appear to have reasonable flow, but the blockage is enough to cause problems, I would still get the radiator removed and flow tested, start here.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 AT 1:45 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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This is a problem with inefficient cooling and the most likely cause is a partially clogged radiator. 2 years is a long time for sludged build-up, especially if no coolant had been used or they had been mixed with different brands.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 AT 1:53 PM
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  • rusty64
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Thanks for your info.I installed a new radiator as you suggested went on a roadtrip same hill same heating problem, boil all the water out. No problem around town as I stated. Anyother ideas. Thanks for you time

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 6:01 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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You have done almost everything except the water pump. Have it checked to see if the impellers are worn.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 AT 8:23 PM
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  • rusty64
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I replaced the waterpump along with the headgaskets in november.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 3:44 AM
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  • KHLow2008
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When did this overheating started? Was any repairs done prior to this ocurring?

Have you checked the radiator cooling fins for external clogging?

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 12:49 PM
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  • mhpautos
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Have you re checked for an ongoing head problem? Don't discount this just because the heads have been done earlier.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012 AT 9:49 PM
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  • rusty64
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As I stated I did the head gaskets in nov 2011 had no problem until june 2012 when car overheated on a grade. Since then i've done a thermostat, fan clutch, and radiator. The water pump was replaced with the head gaskets in nov.I drove this same grade a few days ago and this vehicle overheated again, at that time I stopped and did a block check with the correct equip and it didn't show a head gasket problem. As I said no problem around town town with only on grade.

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 AT 6:00 AM
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  • KHLow2008
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What was the average engine rpm when climbing the grade and what was the driving time?

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 AT 2:17 PM
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  • rusty64
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Not sure about the grade but it last for about a mile, someone suggested the trans converter was heating the fluid while on a grade. Since the fluild runs through radiator I added a ext cooler an deleted the one in the radiator. Well the vehicle still overheated on the hill. The rpm was probably in the 4000rpm range.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 AT 1:40 PM

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