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Old 06-26-2000, 03:30 AM
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I had my radiator replaced 2 months ago, and now since the weather has been getting warm and humid, my car tends to overheat at idle. The temperature will shoot up to 105, 110 while i'm idling in hot weather, heavy traffic, etc, and then the aux fan kicks in until the temp drops. Also, If i shut the car off when its hot and restart immediately, the temperature starts off at about 110 and the aux fan kicks in right away. Could this be the thermostat?? or something bigger? Im planning on changing it this weekend. Thanks


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Old 06-26-2000, 09:41 PM
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I would check the viscouse fan clutch. It should be locking on at those temperatures at idle. Especially if it cools when you travel around 30 mph or faster.
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Old 06-26-2000, 10:53 PM
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Yes, if the thermostat was not replaced with the radiator, replace it first. Be sure the auxillary fans are working on BOTH speeds.

When the A/C is on, you need low speed aux fans.

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Old 06-26-2000, 11:22 PM
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Normal to have an overshoot after shutdown when hot. Follow Benzmac's advice, do change the thermostat. You may have to bleed trapped air out of the cooling system as well. You didn't say that was done when the radiator was changed.

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Old 06-27-2000, 10:28 AM
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First, as Jeff mentioned, make sure your coolant level is correct and make sure there are no air bubbles trapped in there. I think if you search this forum you'll find instructions on purging air from the system.

Second, if you're certain your coolant level is right and you have no air bubbles trapped, go ahead and replace the thermostat. Failure of the thermostat is a relatively common occurrence; replacing the thermostat is a pretty cheap and easy do-it-yourself job.

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Old 06-27-2000, 03:38 PM
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When you replace the thermostat, don't overlook an important but tiny detail -- important if your thermostat's bottom housing lies at an angle (i.e., is not horizontal).
On the MB thermostats, there is a little "ball" valve (or, on some models just a hole) -- so when you install the thermostat, it should be rotated and positioned so that this valve is at the highest point. The purpose is to help to quickly purge air out of the system.
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Old 06-27-2000, 06:03 PM
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Put the 75 rather than the 80 degree thermostat in if you replace it.

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Old 06-27-2000, 06:25 PM
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Thanks alot guys, Im gonna follow all of your advice, and hope i'll cool down soon..

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Old 06-27-2000, 06:45 PM
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Stay with the recommended t-stat 88 degrees C. It is not a good idea to go low b/c if you have other problems with the cooling system, you may mask them. Also, the M103 motor likes to run on the warm side. If everything is OK, stay with OEM numbers. If not, find out what's wrong and get it repaired.

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