I've limped into Cambridge with an over heating car . udate .
Could be your thermostat. Take it out altogether. Other possible could be your fan iffin you got one of those electric ones.
Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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?
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.
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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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!
Either lead, follow, or get out of the way.
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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