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2005 VW Polo Classic overheating


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Qmo
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Jan 28, 2013, 8:22 AM

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Hello
i have a problem. my 2005 VW Polo Classic keeps overheating and boiling over the coolant. i first noticed this when i was driving slowly in traffic where i saw steam coming from under the bonnet. i stopped had the car, let it cool down, refilled the coolant as it had reduced to under the minimum and drove on. i have however noticed that this overheating only occurs when i am stuck in traffic, it happened twice again after the first incident..in traffic. when i drive on a free road the car will act normally and the temperature indicator would even show that it cools itself down.nwhat is the problem here, please assist.

Qmo


Hammer Time
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Jan 28, 2013, 9:32 AM

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Check to see if the cooling fans are coming on before it boils.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 28, 2013, 11:50 AM

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I don't think they sell that exact car in the US but doesn't matter on this. Fans must come on like Hammer Time said. Some are just a temp switch on radiator or they just plain gave out.

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Qmo
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Jan 28, 2013, 11:35 PM

Post #4 of 7 (5514 views)
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ok, thank you guys. can i just ask though, why does it only happen when im in traffic?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 29, 2013, 4:00 AM

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Because that's when it gets hot, not so when moving along............... T



Hammer Time
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Jan 29, 2013, 4:28 AM

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Because a moving car pushes as much air as the fan would have. The fan is only necessary when the car is not moving fast enough.



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Qmo
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Jan 30, 2013, 12:09 AM

Post #7 of 7 (5480 views)
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thank you, that all makes sense. i think the fan is working though, i revved the car for a while with the aircon on and the fan started after some minutes, anyway il have it checked out, at least i wont be entirely clueless. thank you






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