Engine Cooling problem
2001 Hyundai Elantra 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 150000 miles
Waiting to gather money to replace head gasket. Meanwhile, using Bar's Stop leak and oil/gasket conditioner. Am keeping an eye on temp gauge. Was working properly (going up and down when stat open and closed). Now starts out at cold and goes up to just below halfway and stays there. No fluctuation in temp gauge at all after it reaches that halfway point, but I know that stat and water pump are working. Do you think the sender is gummed up, or is the gauge is sticking? Car is idling OK. Running smoothly. But once in a while, not all the time, after driving for a while and shut it off, then restart, have trouble starting and runs real rough. After started and going, runs fine again. Always starts easy when cold. I'd like to replace the sender and/or gauge to make sure I'm not overheating it. I've noted that resevoir coolant is hot, and it has overflowed, but probably because I overfilled system. I keep the resevoir cap unfastened. Afraid of too much pressure. Should I take out some coolant and fasten it? Finances are very low. Is this a do it yourself job or not for a kind of unskilled guy. I do some things, oil changes, flushes, plugs, brakes. Little stuff. Normal set of US/metric tools. Any advice on what to look for and what I can do would be appreciated. Just got to keep it going till I can get it fixed.
have the same problem?
Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 8:49 PM