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Old 06-25-2009, 10:46 PM
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Alright here goes my car starts to overheat while the air conditioner is on. The thing is while im driving down the open road the car is fine but when it gets to stop and go traffic, that's when it starts to act up. The hoses, water pump, and fan look to be in order too. Could it be the radiator? I hope not. Any ideas?
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When was the last time you replaced your coolant?
Should be done every 60,000 miles I believe.
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Coolant's been replaced less than 5,000 miles ago.
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How hot is it where you live? You may need a more powerful coolant pump/fan/etc.
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Well i do live in Florida. Its been reaching triple digits in the direct sunlight. So its pretty hot.
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Old 06-27-2009, 05:54 AM
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Does it have UD pullies on it? try putting on the stock ones.
make sure there isnt any garbage between the radiator and the condensor also. some times some cars get a build up of leaves and dirt inbetween them and prevent cooling for the car.
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Alright here goes my car starts to overheat while the air conditioner is on. The thing is while im driving down the open road the car is fine but when it gets to stop and go traffic, that's when it starts to act up. The hoses, water pump, and fan look to be in order too. Could it be the radiator? I hope not. Any ideas?
unbolt your rad and pull it back so you can get a good look at it, its most likely plugged between the rad and condenser
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While the coolant, water pump and radiator could be an issue, these would affect the engine temperature ALL the time. With the A/C running- MOST systems run the fan at a higher speed (or use a second fan). Being a 1991, I'm not sure if it's still a mechanical fan or not. If so, than using the A/C is only making the problem worse (with the extra heat being put onto the front of the car). I'm betting that your condenser is right in front or your radiator. This dumps all that heat being removed from the system and relies on air to dissipate it- just like the radiator does.
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No UD pulleys and i i have a mechanical fan. Im going to unbolt the radiator and check out to see if there's some gunk in between the condenser when i get a chance.
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dude please help..did u ever figure out what was the problem cause i have the same problem..i just cant find why its doing it..i have a 1991 lx also..pleaseeee send me a email at [email protected] thanks
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