I just changed the thermostat, water pump and timing belt because I thought that was why it was overheating. Now the the car still overheats after driven for a long time. Now I have discovered that the engine cooling fan does'nt seem to come on. Could that now be the problem?
My 2000 Audi A6 2.7 Quat, Turbo Overheat after driven for long time. on 2000 Audi A6 Quattro
by lawmen in Atlantic Beach, FL on August 07, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion on August 07, 2010
A fan that isn't working properly, a restricted radiator or a mildly blown head gasket could all be other causes of overheating. The most accurate way to test for a blown head gasket on a gasoline engine is to test for the presence of carbon monoxide in the cooling system. Snap-On, Matco (part # CO 2000), and Napa sell a tool to check to carry out this test. Another link to a supplier of this tool is http://www.etoolcart.com/combustion-leak-detector-lis75500.aspx. Carbon Monoxide is only present if there is a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head. http://www.arrowheadradiator.com/head_gasket_or_combustion_leak_test.htm I think the napa part number 700-1006. http://www.blockchek.com/instructions.htm . Signs of a blown head gasket are coolant loss (frequently have to top up the coolant level of the engine without seeing an obvious leak), experiencing over heating or rough engine running or the presence of white sweet smelling steam from the exhaust. A badly blown head gasket may allow engine coolant and oil to mix.