Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

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Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby Cajun » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:47 pm

My engine seems to be running a little hot but consistant around 210 according to the dash gauge. About 3-5minutes after I turn off the engine the coolant boils into the reservoir and the temperature gauge climbs to have way between the 210 and 260 degree mark. No water in the oil and no bubbles while the engine is running. Any thoughts.

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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby HenryJ » Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:37 pm

First thing that comes to mind is bad head gasket. There is a hydrocarbon test kit that can check the coolant for combustion gases.
Another thought is the plugged cat. Overheating is a symptom.
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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby Cajun » Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:54 pm

Just replaced the cat yesterday. Thought that changing the cat would solve the overheating issues also. Have had a head gasket and intake gasket issues before but both times I got an SES light with it. Thermostat?
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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby Cajun » Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:30 am

I changed the thermostat and radiator cap and did not get boiling over after the 30 min test drive. I the engine temperature did rise after I turned the engine off the temp did rise to 225 according to the temperature gauge on the dash. Does that sound normal?
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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby HenryJ » Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:25 pm

Heat soak is normal. The stock gauge, IIRC does read a little higher than actual temp. Sounds like you may have it solved?

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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby JaVeRo » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:53 pm

I would take the plastic shroud off and check the area between the radiator and the AC coils, suck the bugs out with a vacuum cleaner, wash or blow it out. It might not help but it sure can't hurt.

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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby Cajun » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:31 pm

Turns out the radiator had restricted flow. Replaced the radiator and hoses and everything running cool now.
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Re: Coolant boiling in the overflow tank

Postby HenryJ » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:48 am

Cool. Literally 8)

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