The car will overheat within a few mins of driving

Tiny
MIKEASH8605
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  • 2002 TOYOTA SOLARA
  • 96,200 MILES
02 Toyota Solara 96,200 miles, the water pump, serpentine belt, and thermostat have been replace. What else could wrong?I drove about a half mile test drive and the int. Gauge as high as it will go. There are no leaks or cracks in the hoses. It was also suggested to me to "bleed" the hoses to the engine because of a hot spot(S). I did, the only step in the process I modified was putting the car on jacks, I have a slight incline to my driveway.
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 12:15 AM

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Tiny
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Was it overheating before you did work?
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 12:38 AM
Tiny
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About 2 months ago I was warned the baering on the water pump was going, on Thursady night driving home from work the bearing went and along with the serpentine belt, so no the car was not overheating before
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 12:47 AM
Tiny
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Some have reported after doing coolant work that just letting car get hot(not overheat) and then letting get completely cold and repeating this a few times cured initial overheat.
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 2:00 AM
Tiny
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Yes, you need to bleed the system.

Remove the radiator cap when engine is cold.

Top up coolant if it is low.

Turn Heater to maximum heat.

Run engine for 5 minutes and topping up coolant level when necessary.

Stop engine.

Ensure coolant is full before closing the radiator cap.

Run engine till fan comes on if the temperature does not show high.

Stop engine and allow to cool.

Remove radiator cap to chack collant level and repeat process if necessary.
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 3:38 AM
Tiny
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Do I need to put coolant directly into the radiator? I have a resivoir on the side that I topped off with coolant already. And thanks I'm bleeding the system
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 12:18 PM
Tiny
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Yes, you need to remove the radiator cap to fill in the coolant. That is the main system and if there are too much air in system, you would have overheating problems.
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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 3:32 PM

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