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My diy fix for no heat/overheating engine

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I've got the same problem so I'd love to do this, but I have a few questions for clarification:

Was the engine hot or cold?
Which hose were you squeezing? Could you take a picture of it with you pointing at it or circle it in Paint or something to make it dummy-proof for future forum dwellers?
Was the coolant cap on or off during this squeezing?

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Coolant cap on, cool engine, big hose right in between engine and radiator. Can't miss it.

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Dragging this thread up because I came up with a modified version of this process. I have published a write up complete with video on the Solstice Side because they had a couple folks asking about this recently. Here is a link: Overheating problems - Page 3 - Pontiac Solstice Forum
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Still Overheating

I tried the fix that you described here and it worked great... But...when the air temperature is below freezing, the condition arises again.

I had a thought today about this and was wondering...

On the overflow reservoir... If I remove the compression fitting and rubber hose on the overflow inlet , insert a tight fitting, smaller diameter tube down into the liquid, and reattach the rubber hose and compression fitting, would this eliminate the condition? I think it would, as it would block air from being sucked back into the engine block. You all seem to have experienced the issue more than I.

What cha think?

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My Sky was reaching 240 at lunch today so I went home and Googled temp problems on Sky and Sol.
I found this thread and I watched the videos, man I have to say it worked right away like a charm.
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Yeah, nice hand job GS, LOL. This will come in handy when i chnge the coolant fluid in case a little bit of air gets in.
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Dragging this thread up because I came up with a modified version of this process. I have published a write up complete with video on the Solstice Side because they had a couple folks asking about this recently. Here is a link: Overheating problems - Page 3 - Pontiac Solstice Forum
I'm keeping this thread semi new. Today I had to use GSs videos to get an air bubble out. Normally I don't see over 199, and hit 237 at Braums last night. So this morning i did the squeeze lock method as I'm calling it, and it worked fantastic. I had to WORK to get the car up to 199, even idling it would ony briefly touch it and go back to 192-196. This is a very simple method for getting little air bubbles out until such time the valves are installed. My 5 years is almost up on the coolant so I will be installing the valves when changing the coolant. Using the tomatosoup method with the pump for filling, and finishing off with this method to fine tune the bubbles out.
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I'm glad someone brotched this subject for me because as someone who is not super mechanically inclined (yes I've changed a radiator and do oil changes myself sometimes). I was wondering when I was driving before what the temp should be. I'm used to a gauge telling me its hot or cold... not a temp readout. So I'm guessing the 220ish I've seen is high from what I'm reading here and I need to try this method of getting the air out...
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Glad to see my particular skill set is still helping others.

I am planning on having the check valves installed on both of our Skys when we do our first coolant changes. We haven't had any issue with either car since I purged the air out of both. But I am thinking it would still be a good preventative measure to take, and the time to do it is during a coolant flush.

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Dragging this thread up because I came up with a modified version of this process. I have published a write up complete with video on the Solstice Side because they had a couple folks asking about this recently. Here is a link: Overheating problems - Page 3 - Pontiac Solstice Forum
Can someone please repost these videos? I suspect I have an air bubble trapped in the system and would like to give this a try but the videos are gone.

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I don't have the videos but the process is fairly simple. You have to detach your overflow tank from the bracket. I think there is one 10mm screw and one of those Plastic push in retainers holding it in.

If you trace back the rubber overflow tube from where it attaches to the side of the tank, along in front of the brake booster (big round black thing that looks like someone stuck a cake pan up against your firewall) towards the rear of the engine on the driver's side then up along the intake manifold towards the front of the engine on the driver's side you'll see where it clamps to the head of the engine.

What you want to do is disconnect this overflow hose from the engine head and leave it sitting next to the nipple it pushes onto. Be sure to leave the clamp on the hose but move it far enough up the hose so that you can put the hose back on the nipple without the clamp interfering.

Now raise the overflow tank above your head until coolant starts coming out of that nipple (with a small air bubble in the system this shouldn't take long). When the water starts coming out smoothly, immediately (and without lowering the overflow tank), push the rubber overflow hose back on the nipple. Don't worry about getting the clamp on it right now, just get the hose on the nipple.

Once it's on, you can lower the overflow tank and then put the overflow hose clamp back in it's proper position. Fill your overflow tank to the proper level if it dropped and then reattach it to the bracket using the plastic push in retainer and bolt you removed earlier.

It's a fairly straightforward process but it may take you a couple times doing this to get a pesky air bubble out of the system.


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Can someone please repost these videos? I suspect I have an air bubble trapped in the system and would like to give this a try but the videos are gone.

TIA
They are still there, they were just moved on the site:

Rad Air Removal 1 Video by GSStage1RedSky | Photobucket
Rad Air Removal 2 Video by GSStage1RedSky | Photobucket
Rad Air Removal 3 Video by GSStage1RedSky | Photobucket

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