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Old 05-15-2004, 10:04 AM   #1
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Angry Sorry guys but I can't attent the meeting, my car is overheating

Folks,

As you know today was our second meeting g2g but since yesterday (friday) my car is overheating. Today I change the oil and add more fresh coolant and nothing so it must be the water pump or the thermostat. I hope you guys had fun at the meeting, I will work in our next meeting and yes this time will be a sunday! I'M SO MAD

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Old 05-15-2004, 02:37 PM   #2
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Guys this is what it was wrong with it. I took few pictures so I can write an article about it.
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Old 05-15-2004, 02:39 PM   #3
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Hey Maxis, sucks the thermostat went on the car. I've had that happen before, with a few older cars, and I know it can be a pain. I hope the next meet will see all of us finally there together, and everything in working order. Now, just for future reference, I'll be pretty much out of touch starting the week of the 23rd, until about June 2nd. Family and friends are flying down for the wedding, which is on may 30th., then all will be gone by the 2nd. I think I will be open on the 23rd, which is next Sunday, but the Sunday after that I am definately out. I hope to meet everyone, and will keep an eye on the boards for any further talk about the meet.

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This has happened to me too before, just not the focus. Change the thermostat, only about 7 bucks make sure it comes with a gasket. Then when you replace the coolant MAKE sure to run the car until it starts to get warm with the radiator cap off so when the thermostat opens up and starts draining the fluid into the engine you can poor more coolant in. If you don't you will have air in the system and that will cause it to overheat. If you notice the hoses starting to collapse that's the sign that there is air in the system.

You can test the thermostat with a pot and thermometer and stove. Just put it in water on the stove and see if it opens when you add heat.
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Old 05-16-2004, 11:43 AM   #6
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Hey Maxis, sucks the thermostat went on the car. I've had that happen before, with a few older cars, and I know it can be a pain. I hope the next meet will see all of us finally there together, and everything in working order. Now, just for future reference, I'll be pretty much out of touch starting the week of the 23rd, until about June 2nd. Family and friends are flying down for the wedding, which is on may 30th., then all will be gone by the 2nd. I think I will be open on the 23rd, which is next Sunday, but the Sunday after that I am definitely out. I hope to meet everyone, and will keep an eye on the boards for any further talk about the meet.

Talk to ya later,
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I will keep you post it. Let me ask you a question: Can we all go to the wedding? as a group? there will be Focuses all over the parking lot?
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Old 05-16-2004, 11:45 AM   #7
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This has happened to me too before, just not the focus. Change the thermostat, only about 7 bucks make sure it comes with a gasket. Then when you replace the coolant MAKE sure to run the car until it starts to get warm with the radiator cap off so when the thermostat opens up and starts draining the fluid into the engine you can poor more coolant in. If you don't you will have air in the system and that will cause it to overheat. If you notice the hoses starting to collapse that's the sign that there is air in the system.

You can test the thermostat with a pot and thermometer and stove. Just put it in water on the stove and see if it opens when you add heat.
Thanks for the info. There is no gasket to install and I just learned that the thermostat I got was 195 degrees but you can buy a 175 degrees which will keep the car running cooler.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:05 PM   #8
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UPDATE

Folks,

Wagon is working just fine. It's amazing how can a $7 thing can blow your engine.

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