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    1999 Porsche Boxster, 2000 Toyota Avalon, 2013 Toyota Tacoma

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  1. Because I was constantly low on water and could not find a leak. I drained it out when I changed the water pump and cap for reservoir tank which I believe was where it was leaking. I flushed the system but did not use any chemicals then I put antifreeze back in with distilled water, drove it for a month then drained and refilled again. While the front clip was off and the car running, after warmed up I put my hand on the radiator and could feel heat on all sections which I know may be meaningless if just partially clogged. The shop it is at is going to do a chemical flush to see if it can remo
  2. I know I haven't posted anything about this for a while but I decided to finally put the car in the shop and they are also having an issue finding the issue with overheating. I took it to F.A.S.T. in Glenshaw PA. They have tested for gases in the water at the overfill tank and found none so they said I shouldn't have a crack anywhere or head gasket issue. They pressure tested it and found nothing. As you can see at the beginning of this forum I have done a lot myself with no good results just spent money and now I am spending it at the shop. The thermostat was changed a
  3. Are you saying to check for leaks? I am never low on fluid and if I start to remove rad cap I can tell it is under good pressure at that time. Every time I drive it and wait for it to cool I am at exactly the same level in the bottle. There is no oil in the water and no water in the oil. and the red light does not come on indicating low on coolant.
  4. crwarren11 - The car has been garaged because I can't find the issue yet. Really ruins the summer driving a convertible season. Can you tell me the logic why you believe the heater valve may be the problem. I thought the heater valve you described was the valve that closed off the hot water to the heater core when I was on air conditioning. When I turned on the heater the air being put out was hot and when I turned on ac the air was cold. Does anyone think this could have been caused by something when my clutch was replaced? I understand they had to remove and reinstall my exhaust
  5. So I dropped the front clip and disassembled the rad from the cond unit. I could not believe the amount of debris that was between the two of them. I cleaned the radiators which were pretty dirty. After I cleaned them I even took a little tool and straightened any bent fins and cleaned again. I replaced the thermostat (I did not use a low temperature t'stat because it did not have one in it before and it never overheated in the 70,000 miles I drove it the last 3.5 years and now has 133,000 miles) and replaced antifreeze that I drained out. It wasn't too dirty but had some dirt so I decided to
  6. Here is my next set of steps to perform this weekend. I am going to change the thermostat. Definitely burp the system as suggested. I am going to make jumpers with manual switches to override all three of the cooling fans so I can switch them on/auto/off to check results further. This will allow me to understand if one of them is not running correctly. I know the fans up front run but not whether they are on high or low.The durametric unit allows me to start/stop the front fans on and off but not high and low. I know the engine bay fan runs when I jump it out or use my durametric unit, but n
  7. Water pump not seeping, it was when I replaced it last year. No clue why I did not replace thermostat at that time. Hindsight says I should have. What actually turns on my front fans? Asking because they both run and shouldn't that indicate the thermostat opened and hot water was sent to the radiator for cooling? Is there an electric thermostat located at the radiator or are they turned on some other way. The front ones seem to turn on automatically but not sure about the engine fan. I cleaned the radiators and they were really dirty and clogged up with debris. Thanks for that ide
  8. 1999 Porsche Boxster overheating issue, Car has 133,000 miles on it. Car overheats when driving on the highway Letting the overheated car sit still and idle after the temperature gauge gets into the above 180° field will cause the temp to fall to just slightly higher than normal. The radiator fans both run and you can feel the air blowing into the radiators and under out of each front end of the car and seems like they are running on high speed. Seems to be a lot of air being drawn into the front bumper opening and being blown out behind the rad. Discharge a
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