96 camry LE - coolant/engine probs

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Old 10 Aug 2006, 11:08 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 96 camry LE - coolant/engine probs

Hiya,

I have a 1996 Camry. An issue occured recently. While driving, the temp
guage went up to almost max. I stopped car and looked under hood.
Reserve coolant level was fine. Waited a bit, drove and guage was still
high. Stopped again, and waited. I opened the radiator cap a bit and
fluid started spewing/bubbling out. It stopped after 2 mins. I put cap
on and drove - all seemed well. Then the engine started acting up -
shaking violently. At stop sign, the rpms started fluctuating till
engine stopped. Looked under hood - reserve coolant empty.

I had a nearby mechanic look at it - he didnt see a leak in radiator
and he put a new cap on the radiator. Drove on and ran into problem
again.

Any ideas on what is up? Bad radiator? I plan to take car in to a
mechanic this weekend, so I want to have some suggestions what to look
for. Its a 10 year old car and I dont want to spend too much on it.

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Old 11 Aug 2006, 01:39 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry LE - coolant/engine probs

Get a complete cooling system check up. The mechanic should be able to
determine if the problem is within the cooling system: coolant mixture
ratio, stuck or low-performance thermostat (the thermostat needs both
to open AND to close water passages), restricted radiator,
bad/low-performance water pump, radiator/condenser fans, you obviously
have a good rad cap; or if the problem is with the head gasket.

Does the oil look milky? Do you have steam (white smoke) coming out of
the exhaust? Is there coolant on the spark plug(s)? Don't jump into an
expensive head gasket job without verifying that the problem isn't in
the cooling system first.


fatherfigure wrote:
> Hiya,
>
> I have a 1996 Camry. An issue occured recently. While driving, the temp
> guage went up to almost max. I stopped car and looked under hood.
> Reserve coolant level was fine. Waited a bit, drove and guage was still
> high. Stopped again, and waited. I opened the radiator cap a bit and
> fluid started spewing/bubbling out. It stopped after 2 mins. I put cap
> on and drove - all seemed well. Then the engine started acting up -
> shaking violently. At stop sign, the rpms started fluctuating till
> engine stopped. Looked under hood - reserve coolant empty.
>
> I had a nearby mechanic look at it - he didnt see a leak in radiator
> and he put a new cap on the radiator. Drove on and ran into problem
> again.
>
> Any ideas on what is up? Bad radiator? I plan to take car in to a
> mechanic this weekend, so I want to have some suggestions what to look
> for. Its a 10 year old car and I dont want to spend too much on it.


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Old 11 Aug 2006, 06:14 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry LE - coolant/engine probs

Sounds like bullshit, You opened a pressurised Boiling radiator cap, and
it spewed for minutes empting maybe a gallon. Of course you didnt burn
yourself on the 240f steam, it wasnt that hot was it . The car shook ,
yep its cooked.

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Old 11 Aug 2006, 06:23 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry LE - coolant/engine probs

A Ford Troll, so how could a mechanic find a leak without the system
under pressure, with the radiator COVERED in overflow! a Bad troll...

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