Engine overheating issue

  • 9 Feb 2020 1:12 PM
    Message # 8735983
    Donovan Leistner (Administrator)

    Need help with an overheating issue in my wife's 2007 Chevy Equinox.  The car overheats when idle, such as waiting at a stop light, but then cools off once the vehicle starts moving again.  Also the heater inside the cab does not work as well, except for an intermittent period of heat the goes away quickly.  I have replaced the thermostat and serpentine belt.  Have also had the coolant system flushed and pressure tested through Firestone, how the coolant inside the reservoir does not appear to be moving/cycling.  Cooling system is a closed system and has no direct fill access to radiator.  I have no engine fault codes and there is no smoke from the exhaust.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

    Last modified: 9 Feb 2020 1:14 PM | Donovan Leistner (Administrator)
  • 16 Feb 2020 7:53 AM
    Reply # 8750060 on 8735983

    The #1 cause of overheating is air in the system.  If you have a bleeder value, that value is there mostly for filling the system, not necessarily to bleed the air from the system after-the-fact.  Open the bleeder valve while filling the system.  Find a water hose on the top of the engine and open it.  You might want to start completely over and drain all of the coolant.  If you cannot get the rated amount of fluid called for back into the system than there is a blockage or air pocket somewhere.

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