Try replacing the thermostat-also check the water pump -do below
One way to test for a bad water pump is to squeeze the upper radiator hose when the engine is hot and idling. Careful, because the hose will be HOT! If you do not feel much coolant circulating through the hose when you rev the engine, the pump may be bad. The other cause might be a bad thermostat that is not opening properly (remove and inspect the thermostat), or a clogged radiator.
Inspect the radiator for clogging-feel across the front of the radiator it should be the same temperature-any cold spots means that its probably partially clogged.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 AT 5:33 AM