OVERHEATING

2001 Volkswagen Beetle

Tiny

sandrastallone

June, 17, 2009 AT 7:25 PM

Engine Cooling problem
2001 Volkswagen Beetle 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 40557 miles

My beetle is overheating, Have changed the thermostat that wasn't it. I fill exp tank with water run for 7 min overheat light comes on turn off car and there is Antifreeze in exp. Tank tells me that circulation is fine. There is not heat coming from vents when I have heater turned on to Hi and hot. The electrical fans are working. Could it be a faulty exp tank cover? Or blocked heater core? Help me please!

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6 Answers

Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

June, 18, 2009 AT 8:28 AM

The heater core could be clogged but what happens when you let the car run more. Does the expansion tank fill up and overflow? If you drive the car any lenght of time do you loose anti freeze and over heat? You can back flush the system. Drain the system and then back flush the system with water. Prestone had made a flush system that connects into the heater hose on the heater core line. Or you can disconnect one of the hoses and back flush using a reguler garden hose. Make sure the engine is cold if you flush the sytem. If you are loosing coolant I would have the system pressure checked.

Tiny

stevew84

July, 16, 2009 AT 12:03 PM

Water pump impeller is probably broke off.

Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

July, 20, 2009 AT 9:51 AM

With the coolant circulating and not making a noise then I doubt if it is the pump impeller broken off. With no heat then would go with the clog in the heater core.

Tiny

stevew84

July, 20, 2009 AT 11:15 AM

How do you know if there is circulation? How are you measuring pressure? A good way to tell if the waterpump impeller is broke is if you take the thermostat out and stick your finger in the whole and see if you can spin th impeller on the pump. If you can then it is broke. All the impellers I have had seen break never made any noise. A clogged heater core is easy to see if it is plugged up. Just put your hands on both hoses and see if they are both hot. If one is hot and the other is not then the heater core is plugged.

Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

July, 23, 2009 AT 8:58 AM

I don't disagree with stevew84, but if the water was not circulating to me the coolant would boil out from the heat of the engine, not just fill the resevoir from not circulating. Question when the car cools down is the resevoir empty or just low where it is suppose to be. Stevew84 probably has more experience than me. When I was a vw mechanic it was back when they still had air cooled engines.

Tiny

stevew84

July, 23, 2009 AT 10:42 AM

What you are talking about with the boiling from the reservoir bottle is why I think there is no circulation. That's what I am guessing when the person said that there is coolant coming from the reservoir bottle(it is just boiling over). All the VW's I see that overheat that fast are usually from either a headgasket or a lack of circulation. Surprised the person has not replied about has happened. Last beetle with an air-cooled engine I worked on was about 2 years ago. Had to do an valve adj. To it. Good times.

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