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Old 07-24-2000, 12:35 PM
David Gilmore
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Every Summer I have the same cooling problem with my 1975 450SLC. The car runs extremely hot at sustained highway speeds (70-75MPH) with the AC on. With the AC off, the temp is fine at highway speeds. In cooler weather, I can run at highway speeds with the AC with out any problems, but in the Summer Texas heat (100 degrees or more ambient temp.), the car wants to over heat. I have recently replaced the water pump, all hoses and thermostat (75 degree). Approximately two and a half years ago I recored the radiator. I am wondering if this is a trait of this vintage SL-SLC, and if the radiator capacity isn't large enough. I am also wondering if the capacity can be enlarged by adding an additional core or two to the radiator and still have fan clearance. I don't want to re due the radiator again and still have the same problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 07-24-2000, 09:36 PM
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Some of these cars did not have an aux fan. Does you car have one and does it work? This is a key. Also, be sure the fan clutch is new or close to new.

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Old 07-24-2000, 11:22 PM
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Benzmac made a good suggestion. The fan clutch is often overlooked when there are cooling system problems. Check and make sure that yours is not "freewheeling" when the engine is warm.

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Old 07-25-2000, 01:05 AM
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I hate to say it, but you might just have to learn to live with it. A common trait of these early SLs was hot running. Since that big engine is crammed into a fairly small compartment, they tend not to dissipate heat very efficiently. My '77 450SL will begin to get hot when sitting in traffic and that is also with a new radiator, new t-stat, new water pump, etc...I've seen many a 450SL/SLC with this symptom. But follow Benzmac's suggestion and see what happens.

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Old 07-25-2000, 08:07 PM
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Yep, mine runs hot also on the higher temp days of summer or when stopped in traffic for long periods.
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