I walked by the front of the car and touched the right fender and found it very, very warm to the touch. It was not hot enough to remove one's hand because it was too hot but it was much more than just warm. Being really puzzled about this I opened the hood of the car and felt the engine block (where the VANOS system is at the front of the block) and it was very hot.
The left fender was also very warm. The heat of the engine had gone through the metal and affected the whole of the front of the car. The only area not affected was the hood. That was barely warm. 2 hours later and the engine was still very warm, as were the fenders and the front of the car.
While the car was being driven the temperature gauge did not show any abnormal behavior with the needle in the middle.
This morning I went out and started the car to see if the fan worked and it did.
One of the things I have done when doing stuff to my car is I have added a bottle of Prolong to the engine oil. I believe that if I had not done so the engine may have seized.
The car did exhibit slight hesitation at low gears/rpm but I just took that to be from lack of running over the last year or more.
I suspect that there may be an issue with the thermostat and I have already purchased one and a bunch of other things with a view to overhauling the cooling system of the car.
Even so, I find it very puzzling that the engine was so hot with no problems showing with the temperature gauge. Any ideas?
Note: Since I purchased the car the temperature switch on the passenger side of the radiator (mid-way down on the plastic part of the radiator) has never been connected. Only recently have I purchased a new one but have not fitted it yet.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 AT 7:09 AM