Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: socialist lib heaven mASS
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I just went through an overheating situation with my Neon. During the recent heat wave in the northeast, if I tried to drive with the a/c on it would practically peg the temp gauge. I thought thermostat, water pump, etc..all the usual suspects.
Yes, I know its not a Zuk, but here was the big solution for me:
I took a garden hose with a squirty nozzle and sprayed the front of the radiator and a/c condenser real thorougly. It didn't even look like much of anything came out (and eventually through) other than water, but I guess all the bugs and dirt and salt and junk that had accumulated over the past couple year just got it to a critical point where it couldn't handle the job of cooling during the heat wave we were having, especially with the a/c on.
It returned to operating at a completely normal temperature range. That was the whole problem.