'92 4cyl Overheats - Fluid comes out of radiator overflow....

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Old 23 Sep 2006, 11:21 am   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday on the way back from work (not a long drive) I was at a
stoplight and I noticed some steam coming out of the hood on the right
side (from my driver's seat perspective). I wasn't far from home, so I
went ahead and finished my drive. On the way back, I noticed my check
engine light blink on and off a time or two, and the temperature.gauge
went up to the top, and then would suddenly drop back to normal. It did
that a time or two. When I arrived at home I opened the hood and I
noticed a green, watery fluid had been coming out of the radiator
overflow hose. (lots of it) And that the engine coolant was boiling. I
turned the engine back on momentarily to confirm that my fans are both
working. I called my mechanic and he told me that he wouldn't be able
to look at it until late Monday afternoon, and he suggested that I
don't drive it until then because overheating the engine could put me
in much worse trouble than I'm already in. Any idea on what's goin on
with my Camry?

Thanks,
Corey

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Old 23 Sep 2006, 02:55 pm   #2 (permalink)
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This really sounds like your thermostat is failing...or there may be an
obstruction somewhere in the system. The intermittancy of the
overheating is interesting. Is the cooling system being flushed per
the maintenance schedule?


Tom

360glitch@gmail.com wrote:
> Yesterday on the way back from work (not a long drive) I was at a
> stoplight and I noticed some steam coming out of the hood on the right
> side (from my driver's seat perspective). I wasn't far from home, so I
> went ahead and finished my drive. On the way back, I noticed my check
> engine light blink on and off a time or two, and the temperature.gauge
> went up to the top, and then would suddenly drop back to normal. It did
> that a time or two. When I arrived at home I opened the hood and I
> noticed a green, watery fluid had been coming out of the radiator
> overflow hose. (lots of it) And that the engine coolant was boiling. I
> turned the engine back on momentarily to confirm that my fans are both
> working. I called my mechanic and he told me that he wouldn't be able
> to look at it until late Monday afternoon, and he suggested that I
> don't drive it until then because overheating the engine could put me
> in much worse trouble than I'm already in. Any idea on what's goin on
> with my Camry?
>
> Thanks,
> Corey


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Old 23 Sep 2006, 03:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"TOM" <tlparris@adelphia.net> wrote in message
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> This really sounds like your thermostat is failing...or there may be an
> obstruction somewhere in the system. The intermittancy of the
> overheating is interesting. Is the cooling system being flushed per
> the maintenance schedule?
>
>
> Tom
>
>

Or could one of your (old) radiator hoses be collapsing with the high temp?


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Old 23 Sep 2006, 06:26 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Does the coolant in the reservoir return to the radiator when the
engine cooled down? If not, it may be a sign of a blown head gasket. If
so, I'd recommend using only FelPro's multi-layer steel (MLS) head
gasket. FelPro MLS provides excellent seal especially on aluminum
head/iron block engines that's unmatched by any other type of head
gasket (well, except maybe by SCE Copper).

Also, do you notice leaks showing up under the plastic timing cover on
the passenger side of the engine?

Other possible areas, as mentioned by others, include a thermostat
stuck closed, bad or plugged radiator cap (the return vacuum valve
plugged, preventing coolant from returning to the radiator when the
engine cooled), a blocked radiator (especially if you use tap water
with the coolant instead of distilled water), or a leaking water pump
(damaged by green, silicated coolant).

The air near the temp sensors with low coolant will cause them to wild,
so this can explain the check engine light and the temp gauge jumping
all over.

BTW, you should use a non-silicated coolant (like the Toyota Red or the
new generation of Prestone Global) to prolong the life of these pumps.
Dexcool can give you problems in some situations with air in the
system, so I'll stay away from them for now. I don't know if Airtex
water pump's unitized seal can deal with silicated coolant better. But
I personally replace all pumps using only Airtex from the local NAPA
parts store.


360glitch@gmail.com wrote:
> Yesterday on the way back from work (not a long drive) I was at a
> stoplight and I noticed some steam coming out of the hood on the right
> side (from my driver's seat perspective). I wasn't far from home, so I
> went ahead and finished my drive. On the way back, I noticed my check
> engine light blink on and off a time or two, and the temperature.gauge
> went up to the top, and then would suddenly drop back to normal. It did
> that a time or two. When I arrived at home I opened the hood and I
> noticed a green, watery fluid had been coming out of the radiator
> overflow hose. (lots of it) And that the engine coolant was boiling. I
> turned the engine back on momentarily to confirm that my fans are both
> working. I called my mechanic and he told me that he wouldn't be able
> to look at it until late Monday afternoon, and he suggested that I
> don't drive it until then because overheating the engine could put me
> in much worse trouble than I'm already in. Any idea on what's goin on
> with my Camry?
>
> Thanks,
> Corey


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Old 23 Sep 2006, 09:36 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Could be a host of things from cheap to expensive. Driving it after seeing
steam could push it to the expensive side.
Bad radiator cap, bad hoses, leaking/cloughed radiator, bad thermostat, bad
water pump or the head gasket (along with a warped head from driving it when
it overheated). How much coolant is left in the radiator? Try putting water
in it and see if it leaks out any where. Will it idle smoothly after putting
water in it?

<360glitch@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Yesterday on the way back from work (not a long drive) I was at a
> stoplight and I noticed some steam coming out of the hood on the right
> side (from my driver's seat perspective). I wasn't far from home, so I
> went ahead and finished my drive. On the way back, I noticed my check
> engine light blink on and off a time or two, and the temperature.gauge
> went up to the top, and then would suddenly drop back to normal. It did
> that a time or two. When I arrived at home I opened the hood and I
> noticed a green, watery fluid had been coming out of the radiator
> overflow hose. (lots of it) And that the engine coolant was boiling. I
> turned the engine back on momentarily to confirm that my fans are both
> working. I called my mechanic and he told me that he wouldn't be able
> to look at it until late Monday afternoon, and he suggested that I
> don't drive it until then because overheating the engine could put me
> in much worse trouble than I'm already in. Any idea on what's goin on
> with my Camry?
>
> Thanks,
> Corey
>



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Old 24 Sep 2006, 10:41 am   #6 (permalink)
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Yesterday afternoon I took out the thermostat and tested it, and from
what I could tell it wasn't doing it's job so I went and got a new one,
then installed it. After that I filled it back up with coolant I took
it for a test drive. I drove much further than I did when I first saw
the problem, stopping to check everything a few times. It all seems to
be fine now. Though, yesterday evening it wasn't as hot as it was
Friday afternoon, but then again it wasn't that hot Friday anyways.
Hopefully I didn't screw anything up initially and it's all fine now.
Only time will tell.

Thanks,
Corey

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Old 24 Sep 2006, 01:42 pm   #7 (permalink)
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360glitch@gmail.com wrote:
> Yesterday afternoon I took out the thermostat and tested it, and from
> what I could tell it wasn't doing it's job so I went and got a new one,
> then installed it. After that I filled it back up with coolant I took
> it for a test drive. I drove much further than I did when I first saw
> the problem, stopping to check everything a few times. It all seems to
> be fine now. Though, yesterday evening it wasn't as hot as it was
> Friday afternoon, but then again it wasn't that hot Friday anyways.
> Hopefully I didn't screw anything up initially and it's all fine now.
> Only time will tell.
>
> Thanks,
> Corey



Hmm, After checking the car this morning it seems that the radiator
overflow reservoir is next to empty again and I can't see any fluid
when I look into the radiator, though ike I said, it ran fine and never
showed any "bad signs" yesterday. Is it possible the radiator is
leaking and its taking all of the fluid out of the reservoir with it?
I'm not too knowledgable about how all of that works. Any information
helps.

Thanks,
Corey

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Old 24 Sep 2006, 01:56 pm   #8 (permalink)
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>> Yesterday afternoon I took out the thermostat and tested it, and from
>> what I could tell it wasn't doing it's job so I went and got a new one,
>> then installed it. After that I filled it back up with coolant I took
>> it for a test drive. I drove much further than I did when I first saw
>> the problem, stopping to check everything a few times. It all seems to
>> be fine now. Though, yesterday evening it wasn't as hot as it was
>> Friday afternoon, but then again it wasn't that hot Friday anyways.
>> Hopefully I didn't screw anything up initially and it's all fine now.
>> Only time will tell.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Corey

>
>
> Hmm, After checking the car this morning it seems that the radiator
> overflow reservoir is next to empty again and I can't see any fluid
> when I look into the radiator, though ike I said, it ran fine and never
> showed any "bad signs" yesterday. Is it possible the radiator is
> leaking and its taking all of the fluid out of the reservoir with it?
> I'm not too knowledgable about how all of that works. Any information
> helps.
>
> Thanks,
> Corey


May be it got air in the system last time when you fill it up. The air would
come out in a cooling cycle. Just top it off and see what happens.


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Old 24 Sep 2006, 06:15 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I just got back from "test" driving it some more on the interstate. It
ran fine for a while, then I saw the gauge rise, from maybe 2/5 up to
3-4/5 of the way up. It moved rapidly, very noticably. Once I got home
their was a good bit of extra fluid in the overflow tank (as I believe
their should be), but it all looked fine. I went back into the car,
turned off the engine, and then saw some steam/smoke, but it was
nothing like it was coming out the other day. The fluid in the overflow
tank seemed to be boiling. Other than that, it all seemed to be fine,
and that was after a good distance of me driving it a bit harder than
normal. Tomorrow afternoon I'm gonna let my mechanic look at it, and
we'll go from there. Any tips before I go see him?

Thanks,
Corey

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Old 24 Sep 2006, 08:09 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Probably thermostat stuck
<360glitch@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Yesterday on the way back from work (not a long drive) I was at a
> stoplight and I noticed some steam coming out of the hood on the right
> side (from my driver's seat perspective). I wasn't far from home, so I
> went ahead and finished my drive. On the way back, I noticed my check
> engine light blink on and off a time or two, and the temperature.gauge
> went up to the top, and then would suddenly drop back to normal. It did
> that a time or two. When I arrived at home I opened the hood and I
> noticed a green, watery fluid had been coming out of the radiator
> overflow hose. (lots of it) And that the engine coolant was boiling. I
> turned the engine back on momentarily to confirm that my fans are both
> working. I called my mechanic and he told me that he wouldn't be able
> to look at it until late Monday afternoon, and he suggested that I
> don't drive it until then because overheating the engine could put me
> in much worse trouble than I'm already in. Any idea on what's goin on
> with my Camry?
>
> Thanks,
> Corey
>




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