I'm assuming you mean water pump, not water heater. Make sure there is no air in the system. I just had a similar problem with my vehicle. If you lost coolant from the block and cylinder, then installed thermostat, there may be air trapped in the system. I fixed mine by pouring coolant into the block through the heater hose (use a funnel) that connects to the water pump until it reached the thermostat opening. Install the thermostat, leave the radiator cap off and start up, waiting for the air to bubble out (burp). Once this happens you should be able to top off the coolant and put the cap back on. If it doesn't burp, and still overheats, consider drilling a tiny hole in the flat face of the thermostat, install with the hole at the 12 o'clock position and then try to burp it again. You'll allow the air to escape from the cylinder head, and you won't affect the operation of the vehicle other than it will run a little cooler and maybe take a little longer to produce heat on cold morning.
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 AT 10:16 PM