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> I Need Advice Please, I am new to this forum and was hoping someone could help me
aww6771
post Nov 6 2016, 10:22 PM
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[size="2"][/size][color="#000000"][/color]I just got done changing the waterpump and the timing belt ( which I am not 100% sure if it is timed correctly). I did this because I was heating up fast and sometimes ( only sometimes) my Volvo was leaking water.
Also I can't afford the mechanic costs so I buckled down and with a friend managed to do this.
Now the car still gets very hot ( but only to the half way mark) and still sometimes ( only sometimes) leaks water.
What is it that I can check to hopefully find out what the reason for my car's heating up is?
And if this post is in the wrong section I totally apologize , I literally just signed up and don't know my way around yet.
My husband just called and told me that he thinks the thermostat isn't working because the car got really hot and the hoses were hot and the water was really hot too. But isn't the water be allowed to heat up a little when you are driving the car?
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post Nov 7 2016, 07:53 AM
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the thermostat could be blocked, the easy way to check this is run the car up to tempoerature, then feel the radiator, if it gets hot, the thermostat is opening, if not, it isnt. generally though if the needle is at about half way between the marks on the guage, that is about right, try setting the heating on high, if the engine is getting too hot, the air will be coming out very hot, otherwise it should be ok.
for leaks, check your hoses when they are warm, there may be a tiny pinhole that only leaks when it is at full pressure.
Also check around the water pump as if you didnt get every trace of the old gasket off you can get a slight leak where you have the extra thickness of gasket (I know because thats what happened when I did my water pump.)otherwise check the water bottle isnt over full, or doesnt have a slight crack, its also possible there is a slight leak on the radiator - check around the engine and see if you can see where the leak is.
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