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Chevy S10 1998 2.2 L engine . In 105 degree temperature I was driving approx. 60 miles per hr when I started loosing power. It slowed to about 40 miles per hr, started smoking & smelled like oil burning from under the hood, motor died.Temp gauge was normal. Prior to all this I had checked & all fluids ok, except I didn't check the water reservoir tank. But it previously had water in the tank and never had run hot. I let it cool until morning, checked & hoses looked ok, checked water tank & was empty. I put some water & antifreeze in it, turned air conditioner off, & tried to start it, no start. It turned over fine but wouldn't start.It doesn't sound like it's about to start. It just has a whining turning over & over useless sound. I tried and could not get the radiator cap off. it's not made like most. It has plenty of gas. What could it be?
Posted by Anonymous on
It appears the cap screws off? It doesn't look like a regular radiator cap. I looked at acdelco parts book.
If the cap is stubborn, cold engine, sometimes I use a pair of pliers with wide jaws, grip the cap and screw it off. I haven't seen your type cap, before. If this was my vehicle, I would certainly want to look in the radiator. I'd get that cap off, one way or the other. Of course, nobody wants to damage anything.
Posted on Mar 11, 2017
Overheating and loss of coolant are symptoms of a blown head gasket.
If you're not too sure .. get somebody to look at the car for you and do a compression test.
Posted on Mar 11, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sounds like a sticking thermostat (temp up/down).
In an emergency, you can remove it, but replace it soon.
I otherwise suspect the radiator fan, but it shouldn't overheat if you are on a highway going faster than 50mph (enough air blows through the engine compartment).
Everything else you describe does not indicate any other solution.
I suppose it could be the radiator fan RELAY SWITCH or loose wire to it.
Hope this helps....
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
From your description of symtoms it sounds like you have a bad water pump. If the coolant is not circulating properly you will have a heating problem. Sometimes even a new thermostat can stick and cause the engine to overheat. I have seen them fail in as little as a week after they were installed.
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
most likely, with the engine cold add coolant back until full, (or 50%coolant 50%water) start engine and let it run with the cap off, watch inside of the radiator and make sure U can see the water flowing threw the radiator. It will burp water and coolant out the neck of the radiator. It is common to get a pocket of air in the thermostat housing, if this happens it will over heat after your driving. Hope this helps, and best of luck
Posted on Jul 05, 2010
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