I went back out and the reservoir was empty. I popped the radiator cap, and could see a rust colored fluid. I started the car to see if the fluids were circulating, after about 5 minutes, it shot about a half gallon of fluid out of the car from where the radiator cap goes before I could turn the engine off. I then refilled the radiator to normal level put the cap back on and headed down the street to test it. Going just 20mph after to blocks the warning signal came on and the temperature gage went all the way to the top. I stopped and checked the level in the reservoir it was empty, with the car running I filled the reservoir to its normal hot level, and headed back home. After I got home, and shut the engine off you could hear it bubbling, but no fluid came out of the reservoir, and it was at the full hot mark.
After going out a little while later to check the car, the reservoir was empty again after the car cooled back off, so I filled it to the full mark, and went for another test drive. The car did do a little better, it went above the normal operating temperature, but the warning signal did not come on, that was driving at 60mph without air conditioning. On the way back I had the AC on, it did ok until I stopped for a turn then it spiked warning signal came on. Shortly after returning to about 20mph the temp came down and the warning signal stopped, when I arrived back home, the temp was at normal, and I checked the reservoir for coolant level, it was where it was when I filled it last.
I am hoping this was an issue due to low coolant levels, not a blown head gasket? I will post more as I check the car later today.
What is going on with this car, all the hoses look new no wear or damage, the coolant level is normal, why is my car overheating?
have the same problem?
Monday, June 15th, 2009 AT 11:25 AM