Engine Cooling problem
1997 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 121000 miles
Coolant was leaking from the top heater hose where it connects to the engine. I removed the hose trimmed the end and reattached it losing a small amount of coolant in the process. I topped off the coolant in the reservoir and drove about 10 minutes before the car overheated. This car had never overheated before. I also had no heat coming from the heater. I was told I may have air in the system. I decided to drain the system and replace the coolant. Jetta has no drain plug on the radiator. I removed the bottom radiator hose, drained and flushed the radiator. I replaced the hose and attempted to refill the system through the coolant bottle. Jetta radiator has no cap. The coolant would not go into the system till I removed the top radiator hose to allow air to escape. I filled till coolant came out the top hose, then reattached the hose. The car is still overheating, and no heat from heater. I was told to alternate the car between idle and 2500 rpm for 20 minutes with the coolant bottle cap off and no pressure on the system till the air bled off. I did this and the heater began blowing hot air, the heat gauge was in the normal position of 190 degrees, but the engine was so hot the oil light came on! I am at a loss as what to do next. Help?
have the same problem?
Monday, October 27th, 2008 AT 5:20 PM