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Posted by DCGuerrette89, Jun 13, 2012
Maintenance & Repairs - Oil choices, timing belt, setting timing, CV boot replacement, alternator servicing, fuse/relay checks, and other basic maintenance, repair and diagnosis discussions.
my next idea is maybe my cap is bad. and will a 2g thermostat fit in a 1g
the water pump and timing belt was done about 3k ago
Bet if you do that, things will quiet down ... then you can put the T-stat back in since the system needs the coolant hot to make the motor run as its supposed to.
Get a known good thermostat in there, and then try to track down your problem. Running with no thermostat is never the answer, only a band-aid. If your using one of those infrared temp guns to check your temps, i personally hold no faith in them. If nothing else i would get a cheap aftermarket temp gauge so you can truly know what your running at.
-flush/bleed the system
-check for leaks
-all of that before the head gasket. You said there was a trail of coolant down the road = leaking somewhere!! I don't want to be hard on you but, if the head gasket blew on you is because of negligence, I never ever in my life drive a car that is overheating especially with a broken temp gauge.
how abouth ignition timing ?
What about ignition timing? You say that advancing or retarding the ignition timing will cause the car to overheat?
The OP needed to look for leaks first...If its not broken don't fix it. There is a chance the overheating continues even after the new head gasket. I say this because what was causing the leak could have been something simple like a hose, remember there are hoses going to the heater core/TB/and oil cooler, and of course radiator
i had a similar problem before and i guess what? timing was off
There is ignition timing and mechanical timing. Can you explain how either or will cause these problems. Please.