I've limped into Cambridge with an over heating car . udate .

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14 years 3 months ago #22161 by witheze
Amazed to see the gauge on the verge of red on the Nth Waikato expressway. It had water, so sat for 20 mins to cool and made it to Huntly. Called A A rescue who said it was a water circulation problem,or pump problem, he removed the thermostat and I made it to Cambridge......but now I need to get home, to Whangarei, hopefully tomorrow pm. Idling puts it into the red, it's not using water, been sugested a relay plug is needed. Any ideas out there. big works at Rangiriri which means idling, not worth the risk to make a dash for home is it? No parts available until Monday. Bummer. My dear little Mitsi has let me down. :( I made it to horse show at WEC at Te Rapa. which is why I'm down here.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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14 years 3 months ago #319638 by kate
Can't help with the car problem but we're driving from Cambridge to Whangarei tomorrow afternoon if you want a lift...

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14 years 3 months ago #319639 by witheze
Thanks Kate, but I need my car more than I need Whangarei, , so will have to wait with it... at this stage anyway. will contact you if things change......like a new motor needed....[:0]

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14 years 3 months ago #319641 by kate
I'll pm you my details...

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14 years 3 months ago #319649 by Twinmills
If things are majorly wrong and you go with Kate and need somewhere to put car I live in cambridge and have plenty of room to store it for you. PH 0275720065

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14 years 3 months ago #319651 by Jack
Gidday

Could be your thermostat. Take it out altogether. Other possible could be your fan iffin you got one of those electric ones.

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14 years 3 months ago #319652 by Stikkibeek
Here's a little tip which will help if you do need to idle. If the gauge starts heading toward red, turn the heater on. There is often enough cold water stored in the heater core, to cool the engine again as an emergency measure. It won't last forever, but it sure helps for a little while.

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14 years 3 months ago #319659 by arnie.m

Stikkibeek;305170 wrote: Here's a little tip which will help if you do need to idle. If the gauge starts heading toward red, turn the heater on. There is often enough cold water stored in the heater core, to cool the engine again as an emergency measure. It won't last forever, but it sure helps for a little while.

Yes it does work (in reverse also) but could not AA put you in contact with a garage who could sort it out in the morning?

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14 years 3 months ago #319662 by Stu_R
Witheze ... don't know if Mitsi's have it or not .. but my Subaru has a bleed valve thingy on the top left corner (when your standing in front of it looking at the radiattor)... I have had a similar problem with the airlock type thing in the raddiator, it wasnt using water but would put the gauge in the red.
When opend the bleed valve thing, and then filled radiator untill water flowd out it and then tightened it up again... it solved the problem , and hasnt happened again .. :) touch wood anyway :)

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14 years 3 months ago #319663 by witheze
Have taken the thermostat out. it helped.......had the heater going, my poor dog was cooking, so had to stop in the roadworks and let it out. Have heard there is a relay plug/switch which may have failed so waiting for Repco to open. Don't think I have a manual, which would be in Japanese anyway. May be the water pump too. Belts all okay . I am staying with family so that is not a problem, but have an important cattle muster back in Whg. tomorrow.....truck has already been cancelled at short notice........:( Thanks for the suggestioins. [Was told not to drive back with no thermostat...or part there of, I believe he took the core out only.]

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14 years 3 months ago #319692 by FencerMan
You may have it sorted by now...but short term things, it wont actually hurt the vehicle if it runs without the thermostat, but when you start it leave id idling to warm up first, then once your going your fine, especially at this time of year!

Secondly, its unlikely but it could just be a blockage or clogged up radiator. Are the fins clean from dust and other crap? If you can find an air compressor and air gun blow it all out. It makes a considerable difference!

Secondly, undo the hoses at top and bottom of radiator. Show the hose it the bottom hole, using a rag or something to seal as best as possible. This reverse flushes the radiator and cleans out any crap inside.

If all that fails and its still an issue then its most likely a crapped out water pump, with unfortunately means $$$ and time!

Do something.

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14 years 3 months ago #319704 by witheze
Think it's the pump, ruled out other options, I'm here til it gets to a garage. Bugger.

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14 years 3 months ago #319744 by Jack
Gidday

Driving without a thermostat is no worry especially this time of the year. But if that didn't fix the problem my next bet would be your fan. Some are electric and iffin it is stuffed it would cause exactly what you have described. Another type of fan runs off some sorta bloody heat thingie in the centre of the fan and I had one on a Nissan I used to have and it crapped out, same result again.

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14 years 3 months ago #319992 by witheze
Damn it was a faulty heat sensor.....nothing wrong with the cooling system....I worked it out when I turned the key and the gauge shot to hot after the car had sat all night. I suppose I should be grateful.

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14 years 3 months ago #320025 by sod
I feel real stupid never thought to say take wire off and see what happens, just one of those things you do and dont think about so very sorry glad you smarter than me

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