I have a vw polo classic 1996 model. The past 2months it had a tendency of not idling after a long drive.Yesterday I tried to inspect the temp, its overheating but water in radiator is cold. Help

Asked by Sep 20, 2015 at 11:08 PM about the 1996 Volkswagen Polo

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

If I stop the fan will be running but after few minutes the car will not start until maybe 30 min, it drives well only if u don't stop. I have no problem in the morning only once I drive

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Have you starter checked, heat will affect a worn starter. Take it out and bring it to any starter, alternator shop, they can load test it, and check for worn parts.

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Sorry I think I didn't read the rest of the question, Sounds like the thermostat is sticking, this will control the engine temp.

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Yesterday morning I changed the thermostat now it switches off while driving, the thing is the warm water doesn't go to radiator to allow the thermo switch to determine and control the fan

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OK then, did you burp the air out of the system? by leaving the radiator cap off until the motor warms up to operating temp. By doing so it pushes the air out, you would be able to tell if it is circulating by the upper radiator hose getting hot. I hope you did not put the thermostat in up-side-down. If you are to burp it, do not be revving it up without the cap on, you will get a shower.

Likely the thermostat does not fit in if its upside down, yes I did burp but after few kilos again the radiator gets dry, really frustrated.

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What do you mean the radiator gets dry? If the fluid drops when running you need to top it off. Are you loosing fluid? Dose the exhaust have a lot of white smoke?

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