I have a 00 deville I just changed the water pump housing and water pump, thermostat 'radiator and the upper radiator hose. The car idels for over a hr with the heat on full blast without overheating at all. But soon as I drive it starts to read its overheating to its full capacity and to shut off engine. But the crazy thing is the coolent isn't bubbling out of the resevoir. AT ALL! My mechanic did the engine block test. It's not cracked anywhere nor is it the headgasket. We also flushed the coolent system out. All that has been checked... Cause that's the first thing ppl put out there mouth. ITS UR HEADGASKET... smh But that's not the case and me and my mechanic can't figure this out. I definitely need some assistance on this one here. I also checked all the lines but maybe Im missing something. These northstars are something else. I had this car for over 5yrs and has yet to have any major mechanical issues with it which has been a blessing dealing with a northstar. Thanks
My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
Hi there - I suspect your radiator is clogged or otherwise corroded so that it is not shedding heat as efficiently as it should. Idling with the heater on was getting rid of heat without loading the radiator. When you’re driving, the engine is generating more heat than both the heater and radiator can get rid of. Checking the difference between hot coolant going to the radiator (top hose), and going back into the engine (bottom hose) may show that there is very little temperature difference. This means the radiator is not doing it’s job, and need to be professionally cleaned or replaced. Good diagnostic effort on your part to avoid the obvious "it’s another Northstar head gasket" diagnosis! For confirmation, I would recommend an overheating inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.
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