Overheating Camaro

Asked by Sep 22, 2019 at 04:41 AM about the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I've got a 97 V6 Camaro Drop Top Just bought it
from a guy who neglected it and let it sit for a year
without performing maintenance, I just replaced
the Thermostat and Upper Radiator Hose, However
it makes me uneasy bc it sits around 210 after
heating up and while driving itll fluctuate between
195 and 210, but if I let it sit itll start to climb to
230 at a slow pace, any suggestions or would my
car overheat if I keep driving itm

1 Answer


Overheating can be caused by several things. A broken water pump, sticking thermostat, clogged radiator, collapsed hose, bad radiator cap, air in cooling system. Could be a defect in the cooling fan system causing the fan not to operate when needed. There could even be mechanical issues with the engine that cause this. Start by checking coolant flow. Is the top hose hot? if not it's the thermostat. If it is, with radiator cap off see if there is flow. If not, it's the radiator. If flow, purge air from the system (videos on line explain this simple procedure). This covers 90% of overheating problems.

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