300E overheating problem SOLVED! Duhhhh...
It's been a tense few weeks since I lasted posted the thread about my W124 overheating. Since then I had replaced the thermostat, radiator cap, and just recently, the A/C aux fan switch.
That would pretty much cover every major component in the cooling system (water pump, temp sensor, radiator, and expansion tank were replaced within the last 6 months).
SO WHAT gives?????!!!!!!
Well, I suddenly remembered that even though temps remained nominal, even while 104 outside, the coolant would still boil over...the radiator cap would rattle while coolant spilled over...
WAIT A MINUTE...THE RADIATOR CAP RATTLES???
I had taken that cap off dozens of times to refill the tank with water and coolant, but NEVER TURNED THE CAP ALL THE WAY CLOSED!!!!
So this afternoon, I turned it fully clockwise until it seated firmly, and guess what???
NO OVERHEATING...AND NO SPILLED COOLANT!!! By the way it's 101 today, and the A/C was chugging at full tilt!
I told my wife about it excitedly, who just glared at me like I was some idiot...okay, I was some idiot!
Anyway, I dodged the blown head gasket paranoia for at least a little while...maybe I'd better save up for the inevitable, for when it DOES happen down the road...
Thanks to all who helped. I now know more about the cooling system than I ever cared to!
Maybe I can stop starting threads on the tech forum for awhile and go play in the what-cool-parts-I-can-add-to-the-car forum...
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