Considering the purchase of a 1987 Toyota FX16 for $500. Seller says it has a problem with overhea

Asked by Apr 24, 2008 at 09:20 PM about the 1987 Toyota Corolla FX16 Hatchback

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Engine has a recent problem with overheating.  Is this a typical problem with this car?  Are the most likely fixes easy for the weekend mechanic?

4 Answers

43,535

Most likely fixes: thermostat, coolant temp sensor, bad radiator cap, blocked radiator, head gasket leak, low coolant or coolant dirty/needs flushed. However, most of them are simple but you will want to do a cooling system pressure test to make sure there aren't any issues internally like a head gasket, cracked block, warped head.

THANKS for the input. I greatly appreciate the info

Are heads readily available for this engine and in general are parts for the drivetrain getting hard to find for this 20 something year old car?

OK, I was able to get the engine started and not only does coolant disappear butthere is coolant in the oil and what appears to be exhaust gases bubbling up out of the radiator. The guy I got the car from said that he very recently had the head gasket replaced but the overheating problem never went away. Is this a tough head to remove?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Corolla

Looking for a Used Corolla in your area?

CarGurus has 70,725 nationwide Corolla listings starting at $1,874.

ZIP:
Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Search Toyota Corolla Questions

Toyota Corolla Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,410
#2 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,840
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,101 Great Deals out of 90,760 listings starting at $1,599
Used Honda Civic
812 Great Deals out of 88,108 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord
947 Great Deals out of 77,739 listings starting at $899
Used Nissan Sentra
498 Great Deals out of 52,631 listings starting at $2,000
Used Hyundai Sonata
820 Great Deals out of 46,091 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota Corolla For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 41,854 listings starting at $9,950
2016 Toyota Corolla For Sale
145 Great Deals out of 6,675 listings starting at $9,995
2015 Toyota Corolla For Sale
166 Great Deals out of 5,426 listings starting at $7,850
2014 Toyota Corolla For Sale
222 Great Deals out of 6,087 listings starting at $7,900
2013 Toyota Corolla For Sale
58 Great Deals out of 1,767 listings starting at $4,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.