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Temperture Max'ed within 20~30 minutes

Clint Jeffrey

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Hi Folks,
Just joined the list, have already searched "over temp" problems and my gut feeling is the Water Pump may have failed?....I have a 97 VS Series II purchased about 20 months ago after having a VL for 16 years with practically gave me no problems with the engine, now I owe a VS and I've poured so much money into this car its never ending, anyway...I've had the problem of Coolant getting into the engine as evidence of the "coffee coloured" appearance found under the Oil Cap...that's one problem not fixed yet although I have tipped half the contents of "Metallic Seal - Up" into the Radiator that seems to have stopped Coolant getting into the engine, for now, however in these last two days I now have the Temperature scale going sky high in only 20 to 30 minutes of driving, when I come to a stop Coolant is pouring out of the overflow pipe from the reservoir and of course I can hear super heated water boiling through the system, what's going on!...my guess the Water Pump has ceased?

The Car is now 12 years old and has done 275 thousand!...she's old in the tooth!

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I'd say something is blocked maybe - take the thremostat out and see if it gets the coolant flowing.

Also sounds like you may have a headgasket or something within the coolant system failing. The additive has blocked up something. Can you run some water through the radiator with the hoses off - flush it abit?
 

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Hi...thanks for the quick reply, I have thought about flushing the radiator although I can see that its not the radiator thats blocked because if I squeeze the bottom pipe I can see the Coolant level change at the top of the radiator same for the other pipe that goes from the top of the Radiator, give that a good squeeze and the Coolent level almost spills out from the top of the Radaitor, I've only just replaced the Thermosat a few months ago so its pretty new, it should be opening fully, I'm going to have to take it to a Mechanic hopefully they'll be able to fix it tomorrow, the Water Pump looks a bit tricky to remove...if it is the pump thats stuffed.
 

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Generally if its the pump that is stuffed, you will see coolant leaking from underneath it. You may of gotten a not so good Thermostat. Take it out and put it into some hot water to see if it is opening up. When you replaced the Thermostat did you also put down the gasket? Something so simple to do, but can sometimes be very common to forget. It could also be your inlet manifold gaskets are finished.

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