Join Date: Aug 2012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
After putting new rear brakes, new tires and some general maintenance on the car (and a couple hundred more miles) we headed off to the coast to enjoy time on the Oregon beaches. After a grand day, we were about 60 miles from home when the temp gauge went from happy to pegged with the overflow tank at the high mark. After getting towed home at dusk I started thinking about what happened.
So, morning arrives and I have a game plan. I was expecting a water pump replacement, but still wanted to check other things. So, I buy a cap and t-stat at the local autozoneout. I pulled the cap and the radiator is empty and the overflow immediately starts flowing back to the radiator, so I replaced the cap. I also pulled the t-stat and stuck it in boiling water. No change! Augh ha! Tossed the new one in the water and it functioned. SO, I toss it on the engine, button it all up and start bleeding the system of air. After all that, I go for a long test drive and all seems well. Up big long hills with the a/c on and the needle is happy.
Move on to this morning. The wife heads to the next town over, no issues. 3 hours later, she and the girls call me 5 minutes into the return trip. Pegged again! I get there with water on hand and send them on their way in my truck. When I pulled the cap off, there was NO, NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH in the way of water in the system. This time nothing even in the overflow. I filled the system again and drove home without issue. Tonight I took it for a 5 mile drive and the needle started to climb rapidly. I opened up the heater and the needle settled in a bit higher, but stablized. Tonight after letting it all cool down, I added a little water and tried to bleed air again assuming it was still there from the last attempt.
Faster forward 45 minutes later and it is still burping... Am I wrong to assume I have a leak somewhere and it is pulling air into the system away from the radiator? Or, with the quick loss of water (even if there was air in the system) am I looking at a head/head gasket?
As you can see by my name, I'm a VW guy normally and radiators are foreign to me!
Thanks for looking!
I can't help it, I have a thing for wagons!!!
1992 Caprice Wagon-- stock so far, 1973 Squareback, 1968 Squareback w/air ride, 1968 Squareback, 1968 Squareback, 1972 Notchback racer project, 1964 Notchback topless, mid-engine custom, 1964 Notchback turbo charged bracket car, 1968 Fastback, 1981 GL1000 Cafe'd