RE: [DML] Overheating question - part 2
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RE: [DML] Overheating question - part 2



Thanks Joey and all.

I thought I was in pretty good shape.  The entire cooling system except
the heater core and the hard pipes is new from usual vendors.  I have
the full bleeding kit from Toby which includes the radiator bleeder.  I
even recently purchased his adjustable fan control (otterstat
replacement)but had not put it in yet as it involved draining the
system.

Seems like the consensus is that there is plenty of simple things that
can go wrong in the cooling system before worrying about the head gasket
- so I'll replace the thermostat and install the new temp sensor and
then do a pressure bleed as suggested.

NEW QUESTION THEN - I have Herveys new fans that draw much less
amperage, and also the ultra simple fan fix that uses relay bases and
fuses only.  I've heard that the low end fan fix is not a great
solution, but isn't it just fine when coupled with lower draw fan
motors?  Grady's fan fix sounds a lot cheaper than a head gasket, but
I'd love to keep it on page 2 or 3 of my long list if it's a "would
like" not a "must have".

Tom



-----Original Message-----
From: Joey Morgan [mailto:jlm1701music@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 7:56 PM
To: Tom Tait
Subject: Re: [DML] Overheating question

Hey Tom,

How are your fans working? Do they cycle like they are
suppose to? If not, you may need to get a fan fix, I
suggest the (Grady) one. Do you have an automatic
bleeder kit, many vender's sell them and I have one on
mine. Could be the thermostat as well.
I do not know what your budget or finances are but if
they are tight I would start with the most
inexpensive,(thermostat) and new otterstat, if you
still have the problem get an automatic bleeder kit,
and if the problem is still there get the fan fix.
That's what I would do. The process of elimination. If
it does end up being a blown head gasket, you have
taken the proper steps in helping keep the car cool.
Hope this helps. Good luck. Keep us posted.

Joey Morgan
Catonsville, MD
#6297



--- Tom Tait <TTait@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I recently had my otterstat shoot out and lost all
> my coolant and now
> have one of two problems.
> 
> Either I need to do a better job bleeding the
> radiator or I may have
> warped a head.  The car runs nicely for at least 30
> minutes, then it
> starts to heat up, finally spewing coolant out of
> the overflow which I
> then replace and try to bleed again.
> 
> Each time it seems like all is well, then I go on a
> longer drive on a
> hot day and it blows again.  How can I tell the
> difference between
> trapped air and exhaust gas getting into the cooling
> system?
> 
> No loss of power, no obvious water contamination in
> the oil at the
> dipstick, no oil in the coolant that I can tell.
> 
> I've had two friends with other cars blow head
> gaskets this month - so
> I'm nervous - suggestions?
> 
> Tom
> 
> 
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