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Old 12-02-2009, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My diy fix for no heat/overheating engine

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Old 12-02-2009, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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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Old 12-02-2009, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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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Old 04-25-2010, 07:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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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Old 01-21-2011, 03:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
Thank you so much for your help!!!
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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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