I don't think the heater core is involved here. But you can try looping it around and see what happens. I would recommend doing a pressure test to rule out combustion leakage and the a test of the radiator cap. Since you're sure the water pump is doing its job-sounds more like an airflow problem-
Might want to check the radiator for clogging
Have it block and pressure tested-do the block first to pinpoint a combustion leaking into the cooling system or a gas analyzer to sniff for hydrocarbons at the radiator fill neck.
Pressure test: do not do a pressure test if there's leakage at the headgasket this might cause coolant into the cylinders and lock it up or bend a connecting rod if cranked thereafter. The headgasket should be repaired before doing the pressure test.
If the block and pressure test passes check the following: Pressure test the Rad. Cap, Clogged radiator, Fan clutch, Radiator electrical fan, collaspe hoses, water pump.
Friday, November 9th, 2007 AT 6:19 AM