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Thermostat?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RedCamo5, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Feb 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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    RedCamo5

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    I bought a 1997 3.4L Tacoma last November, the radiator cracked and it over heated. (my dash sensor wasn't working) I put a new radiator in it along with a new upper hose. I also fixed the sensor) I drove it this afternoon (the first time after installing the Rad.) and the gauge was in the red within 2 minutes. it has 220,000 miles. I was thinking maybe thermostat? any Ideas? any help would be great!
     
  2. Feb 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM
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    are you sure it was a sensor and not a bad gauge? Also, did you drain, flush, refill, and burp the system could be a air pocket. If not that when was the water pump replaced? You can also pull the thermostat put it in a pot and heat the water to check to see if it opens and closes.

    probly not in the best order but things you can check
     
  3. Feb 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    Thanks DW85!
    the sensor for the gauge had been unplugged, so I plugged it back in. I flushed the system about a week before the radiator cracked. to burp the system do you just leave the cap off and let it run for awhile? I have no Idea when the W. pump was replaced I had the timing belt cover off and the belt looked pretty new.

    also where is the thermostat on this thing?
     
  4. Feb 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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    To burp the system the easiest and best way is to buy a spill free funnel you can usually find them at any parts store. put your truck on a bit of an up hill area so that any air pockets will make it to the radiator faster, attach the spill free funnel and fill it about 1/3 of the way with coolant water mix turn your heat on but leave the fan off start the engine and add coolant as needed. One thing i forgot to mention is to also check your clutch fan there are alot of wright ups on her on how to check the clutch fan. I would try doing these 2 things first if your still overheating. The thermostat is located just behind the bottom radiator hose where it connects to the engine. If you check it you will once again need to burp the coolant system. If none of these fix your problem and the new radiator you put in isn't clogged then it's most likely your water pump.

    One major thing, while your are checking all of these or burping your system pay close attention to the temp gauge DO NOT let it overheat.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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  6. Feb 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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    Thanks guys, I try to get to it this weekend! any Idea what this goes to?

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  7. Feb 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    I haven't traced the wires to see what it is i know on mine it looks like it connects to something under the passenger side head. I'd be interested to know what it is also.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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    Okay I'll let ya know when I find out!
     
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