If your engine immediately begins to overheat, the thermostat is probably stuck closed and coolant is not flowing through the engine. This mean the coolant will begain to boil after about 5 minutes of operation. The increase in coolant pressure pushes coolant out of the overflow or like you said(the side hose for the raidiator popped off).
Check your thermostat before buying a new one because it could be something causing overheating problem
- remove it from it the engine
- attach it to a peace of wire
-suspend it in a pot of water.(Do not let it rest on the bottom of the water, but allow the bottom of the thermostat to touch the bottom of the water)
-place a high -temperature thermometer in the water
-heat the water and observe the thermostat to see when it begins to open
-if it does not open at the rated temperaturethen you can replace it.
Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 10:32 AM