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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:59 pm    Post subject:  over heating when idle Reply with quote

I noticed today that when im stopped in traffic or at a red light my temp gauge goes way up, once into the red, but when im driving the temp is normal , the fans on the rad are working, water pump is good, I do not notice any loss in the coolent level . Could this be one of those gasket issues? has anyone had anything simmiler happen?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject:  Re: over heating when idle Reply with quote

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I noticed today that when im stopped in traffic or at a red light my temp gauge goes way up, once into the red, but when im driving the temp is normal , the fans on the rad are working, water pump is good, I do not notice any loss in the coolent level . Could this be one of those gasket issues? has anyone had anything simmiler happen?
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Both fans are spinning? The first thing I'd do is replace the thermostat incase your current one is getting stuck closed. They're only like $5.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

sweet i will have that done 1st thing in the morning!!! thanks!!!
I guess I should mention I have a 3.4 L (which is making me paranoid) I did start the car and take off the rad cap and noticed air bubbles in it Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:10 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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sweet i will have that done 1st thing in the morning!!! thanks!!!
I guess I should mention I have a 3.4 L (which is making me paranoid) I did start the car and take off the rad cap and noticed air bubbles in it Sad


Have the headgaskets ever been done? How many miles
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:12 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

not a clue what was done it to before i got it. I bought the car with 103 000kms on it and im now at 207 000kms now never had any issues until today.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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not a clue what was done it to before i got it. I bought the car with 103 000kms on it and im now at 207 000kms now never had any issues until today.



I'm not too familiar with the 3400, but overheating on idle, I'm not sure if that's the headgaskets or not, but someone else should chime in...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:34 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ok thanks for the reply im going to have that t-stat replaced tomorrow if i can find a shop thats open. hopefully some one will chime in and will know what im up against or have corrected this issue before
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:35 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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ok thanks for the reply im going to have that t-stat replaced tomorrow if i can find a shop thats open. hopefully some one will chime in and will know what im up against or have corrected this issue before


Don't pay a shop to do it...unless you don't have the necessary tools, it should only take 10 minutes if you know what you're doing.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:40 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

im not really good when it comes too this stuff
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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ok thanks for the reply im going to have that t-stat replaced tomorrow if i can find a shop thats open. hopefully some one will chime in and will know what im up against or have corrected this issue before


Don't pay a shop to do it...unless you don't have the necessary tools, it should only take 10 minutes if you know what you're doing.

T-stat in a 3.4 = suck, T-stat in a 3.8 = easy.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:46 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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ImpalaPrime wrote:
ok thanks for the reply im going to have that t-stat replaced tomorrow if i can find a shop thats open. hopefully some one will chime in and will know what im up against or have corrected this issue before


Don't pay a shop to do it...unless you don't have the necessary tools, it should only take 10 minutes if you know what you're doing.

T-stat in a 3.4 = suck, T-stat in a 3.8 = easy.


Oh, alright. There you go, I'm pretty much useless in the 3400 area. Sorry man! Goodluck finding someone open tomorrow
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thanks for trying bro!!!!!! I hope your right and its only the T-Stat.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just noticed that i no longer have any heat on both the driver and passenger side if that helps narrow it down.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That sounds like low coolant, or stuck thermostat (stuck closed, no circulation). Since you said the coolant level is okay, a new thermostat will probably fix you up.

Although it's strange that it doesn't overheat when you're moving (under load).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ya when i start moving i guess the wind cools it down to normal. i do also notice there seems to be alot of pressure in the rad hose its really hard . but very wierd if i am loseing coolent it must be a really slow leak becasue its not noticeible
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