Our pontiac, 89 Grand Prix, 3.0 engine, is running hot

Asked by Nov 26, 2016 at 10:18 AM about the 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It is something on the right side looking straight into the front of the car.  
there is something beside the  engine, under that big hose (out hose that
goes into the block). It smokes & makes a clicking noise as it begins to cool
down when I cut the car off.   The radiator is full of water, the windshield
water is full, and when it gets hot, the smoke comes out from under the
driver's side and it has a hot smell outside of the car.  The thermastate was
recently replaced with a new one, that could have been a bad one I know,
and finally, the fans at the radiator wait to come on a long time to cool off
the radiator it seems to us which could contribute to the problem.  It's been
going on now for about 3 weeks, and seems to be happening more often,
but I am still trying to drive it. Thank you for your help.

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Sounds like you might have a bunch of air trapped in the engine from when the thermostat was changed. That's very common. It must be bled so there is nothing but coolant in your system or you will continue to have overheating problems. If you'r unable to do it yourself a shop with the proper equipment needs to do it.

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