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So my '97 is over heating unless we run the heaters at full blast at all times. We're pretty sure it's the thermostat, but are wondering if there could be a different cause.
What do you think, I can't afford to replace the van, and really want to be able to travel further than 15 minutes one way some time soon.
Thanks in advance.
I think maybe it could be the coil pack or the fuel pump which would be your choice
Last summer the AC seized up on my van causing the serpentine belt to come off. The mechanic that looked at it said the AC and belt needed replaced but if I couldn't afford it he would buy my van for $300 because he had one at home just like it. I said No! My son paid him in advance to fix the fan and give it a tuneup and oil change which cost him $525 and said it would only take a week. He has had my van for 5 months and always has an excuse as to why he's not finished. Like he claims all the hoses have fallen apart; the head cover was cracked when it wasn't; the radiator was full of stop leak which caused it to split open yet I've never used stop leak and I've never had a problem with the radiator leaking; he said the transmission filter had to be changed because it had metal shavings in it but it's only been a year since I had the trany checked and fluid changed and by the mech. who said it was in great shape; The only things wrong with it, other then the AC and serpentine belt, is the brake cylinders needed replaced and I had the parts in the van for me to put on once van returned and the Power steering leaked from the master cylinder but I couldn't afford to fix or have fixed! So I think he's swapped the motor and transmission!
Water was dumping in the passenger side at the feet. I cleared that line, full of leaves. Now it's damp inside and the fabric and carpet is starting to mold. When you sit in the drivers seat your butt gets wet.
now that i can think of that something has broken off an is in the way now i have taken apart the starter the best way i can but i still cant get it out
I brought a new radiator cap and added antifreeze but it was brought to my attention that only one of the fans kicking on the fan that stays on and cools the motor when the ac is on doesn't work could that be my problem and do I need a fuse to get that fan to work or what
i hooked a code scanner and its not giveing any codes but it will start then die and wont start no fire
Seems to run fine when weather is dry. Suspect ingnition module.
also the shift indicator has all the gears lit at the same time. it also makes a banging sound after i go a few feet in drive.
Could it be the front and back blowers? If so, how can I fix myself? Can't afford to be ripped off at a shop
It makes a very loud noise & the wipers do not move when turned on,unless I move the blades manually,then they move w/ease. I don't think it's a bad motor BECAUSE the noise is soo loud when turned on. This just started happening when I was driving for about an hr and a half,when I pulled over to get gas, right before I turned off engine, it began making the now ever-present noise (when wipers are turned on)and hasn't stopped since!I don't wanna go to a shop & be told I need to purchase new part,labor,etc.if I can fix at home. I can't afford car problems like that right now! Who can?!
One looks to be coolant and the other a suction hose I am told. They were both sheared/broken at the elbow connection where they connect at the rear most part. I was gonna try to just seal them off at both thinking it would be the easiest and cheapest. I understand though they they are fairly high pressure hoses. A local parts house I frequent said that it would not be as easy to do so as I had thought and suggested going to my local Pullapart and buy some less expensive replacements. What would you suggest? I am getting better at tackling such projects as I have been doing so more and more over the last few years.