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Old 03-22-19, 08:09 PM
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Hey everyone need some advice here.

I have a 2011 CT on its 2nd motor due to blown head gasket, we fixed the head gasket, replaced the coolant sensors, reservoir cap, Thermostat. Went to take the car for a drive and the coolant light blinked, hooked the computer up showed 101-117 C. It climbed to 123 c, and started to back flow pressure into the reservoir. Iím down to either the radiator, hoses or water pump (which made some high pitches whining noises) has anyone experienced any of this?
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Old 03-23-19, 08:53 PM
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When I blew my head gasket, we replaced the water pump just to be safe. According to a lot of reports on iATN, these pumps, when they fail, will fail intermittently, and so they may cause overheating with or without a coolant temp light. You might be seeing your water pump start failing...
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When I blew my head gasket, we replaced the water pump just to be safe. According to a lot of reports on iATN, these pumps, when they fail, will fail intermittently, and so they may cause overheating with or without a coolant temp light. You might be seeing your water pump start failing...

thats what I think is happening. The pump canít keep up and itís creating a blockage/back pressure into the the radiator tank. Itís not throwing codes for a pump issues, but the coolant comes on and off, and it will throw a code for the sensors (both are brand new). But I can get the light to go on and off with how I drive. But I do believe my issues now are at the pump especially with it whining.
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Old 03-26-19, 08:12 AM
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If the coolant light is flashing, on most cars that typically would mean that the level is low or there are large air pockets that are making the sensor intermittently trip. As well as cause overheating.

So you should first ensure the system is purged of air THEN ensure the level is correct. And try again.
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Old 03-26-19, 08:18 AM
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Thanks for saying the water pump has a high pitched whine. I've noticed a new sound (high pitched, generally with light acceleration, never when the ICE isn't running) with our new engine and wasn't sure if it was just from being use to the original engine sounds or not. But this is a good clue to investigate further. Thankfully i have a spare water pump at the ready!
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One of the things that changed was when I use to get in the car and power it on I could hear the coolant/water pressurize in the system, on Friday I did not hear that at all. We purged the system, and same result. Pretty sure itís water pump at this point.
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Could be. But how would you explain the coolant light? Assuming it means low coolant, which from my quick google search, it does. An underdriven pump could certainly cause overheating, but it wouldn't explain your low coolant light.

Unless you mean an overheating light?

I would need to know the exact light that you received
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The ďlow coolantĒ light also monitors the temp of the coolant. If itís just indicating ďlow coolantĒ that would make sense as itís not pushing enough coolant past both sensors. I ran real time data from both sensors and the temp range per the computer 0-130c. The temp was all over the place, and the pump was whiny. Itís unable to keep up, or itís failing which caused the initial overheating issue. Also the pump is unable to push coolant/water to the heater core now. I donít hear the system pressurize like it once did. Weíve replaced everything else but the pump. 99.9% certain this is the issue.
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Yeah no believe me I'm all for replacing the water pump. I just know from experience that not bleeding the system can cause a lot of problems. I'm in the replace it camp and I would advocate replacing the water pump if you're in there even if it WASN'T failing.

Replace it by all means.
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Originally Posted by E46CT View Post
Yeah no believe me I'm all for replacing the water pump. I just know from experience that not bleeding the system can cause a lot of problems. I'm in the replace it camp and I would advocate replacing the water pump if you're in there even if it WASN'T failing.

Replace it by all means.
oh absolutely agree! Itís being changed that loud whiny sound has to go.
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