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My 01 Cavalier is overheating. I changed the thermostat and do not see any apparent leaks. The heater was blowing hot air before I changed the thermostat and now it's only blowing cool air. Any

Also, after changing the themostat, the overflow resevoir got hot. Is that normal? It doesn't seem to me that it is. When I was re-filling the antifreeze, I had the heater on and the cap off of the resevoir to reduce air in the system but don't know how to "bleed" it if there is an air pocket.

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What engine 2.2 or 2.4 ?
Important: On vehicles equipped with the 2.4L engine, open the coolant air bleed valve. The coolant air bleed valve is located on the top of the thermostat bypass pipe/heater pipe assembly. Close the valve once a continuous stream of coolant is expelled from the valve.
Does the cooling fan come on ?
Notice: When adding coolant, it is important that you use GM Goodwrench DEX-COOL™ coolant. If coolant other than DEX-COOL™ is added to the system, the engine coolant will require change sooner: at 50 000 km (30,000 miles) or 24 months.
Close the radiator drain ****. Remove the drain hose.
If previously removed, install the engine block drain plugs.
When installing the drain plugs, use pipe sealer GM P/N 12346004.
Important: On vehicles equipped with the 2.4L engine, open the coolant air bleed valve. The coolant air bleed valve is located on the top of the thermostat bypass pipe/heater pipe assembly. Close the valve once a continuous stream of coolant is expelled from the valve.
Fill the surge tank to the base of the filler neck.
Start the engine with the pressure cap off. Let the engine run until the upper radiator hose starts to get hot.
If the coolant level in the surge tank is low, add the proper mix of coolant until the level reaches the full cold line.
Important: After servicing the cooling system, and if the vehicle is equipped with an intermittent low coolant light, an occasional low coolant light may be encountered during some extreme driving maneuvers. This complaint should be eliminated by removing the surge tank cap and adding coolant to a level just at or above the full cold line when the system is cold.
Install the cap onto the tank with hand tight pressure.

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SOURCE: 1999 Chevy Venture continuosly overheating

sounds like u might have a blown head gasket is your oil milky colored

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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Hi!
Look like you may have an air lock.
Put the car on level ground, start it from cold with the coolant filler cap off, have plenty of warm/hot water available.
Leave to idle watch the coolant filler area but NOT TOO CLOSE, when at operating temp it may appear to boil over loads of bubbles, gurgling and some steam, top the coolant system up with the warm water wait until things settle then replace cap you may have to do this a couple of times.
Remember your anti freeze?
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Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Blowing Cold Air

It sounds like you need to do a process of elimination, by following the travel of the hot coolant.

1. Before beginning, safety must come first, so put on a pair of safety glasses/goggles and a pair of gloves.

2.Open the hood and check the coolant level, and add if needed. If you needed to add then recheck for heat after step # 3

3. Close the hood and start and run the engine to normal operating temp.

4."TURN THE ENGINE OFF"

5.Reopen the hood and lightly grasp the top radiator hose feeling for heat caused by hot coolant in the hose. Also feel the bottom radiator hose for heat, (you may have to access the bottom hose from under the car) (while down there look for coolant leak...dripping) If heat is somewhat equal between the two hoses move on. If not there are three areas to check
A) Your thermostat may not be opening
B) Your radiator might be obstructed/clogged
C) Your water pump may not be functioning

6. Locate the two smaller hoses that lead to and from your heater core (a small radiator type device located inside cab under the dash that connects through the firewall) (one is connected at the water pump to the heater core the other is connected at the engine to the heater core) one hose may have a regulator (a small mechanical device operated by either cable,electric,or vacuum that controls the flow of coolant into the heater core) attached inline

7. With the hood raised, restart the engine and adjust the heater control to max heat. Locate a safe area under the hood (free of all moving parts) to access and grasp each of the smaller heater hoses, check for heat, caused by hot coolant in the hose, also check the hose before and after the regulator described in step # 6.
If either of these locations are cold to the touch we can safely say we have narrowed the problem down to one or all of three things.

A) If all heater hoses are cold or only the inlet side of the regulator is hot and the other side is cold or warm, its possible that the regulator is faulty requiring a replacement or is not functioning due to inadequate cable,electric,and/or vacuum to operate it caused by a broken cable, electrical short or disconnected/ broken vacuum line, it also could be a defective (in dash) heater control unit or just a fuse if its electrically operated.

B) If the inlet hose to the heater core is hot and the other outlet hose is cold or warm then its possible that the heater core is obstructed/clogged, requiring a flush out or replacement.

C) If all heater hoses are hot (you may also feel a flow vibration in the hoses) then you should have heat, unless the under dash duct work is disconnected or blower fan is not operating.

I hope this helps.....

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: blowing cold air

I had the same problem that I just fix by flushing the heater core out with a hose.   take the two hoses off the fire wall and put the water to it and let flush.  my heater is putting out 150 dg. F  of hot air.   I'm so excited!  i will stay warm now.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 chevy cavalier is over heating but running

R the fans blowing, make sure its full of water...waterpump may be bad

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