Replaced Radiator- advice needed please
I am new here. I purchased my 2005 Kia Rio with 30k miles about a year ago and now it was about 70k miles.
Anyways, I recently got an oil change (Thursday) on my Rio at about 69,xxx K and and about three days (Saturday) later I started noticing a very funky smell when I got home and there was smoke coming from the engine bay (a little) I didn't think much and just thought it was the water that had touched the manifold since it was raining very hard that day.
Fast forward to (Sunday) I was driving my car and I drove to the mall about 15 minutes away and everything was normal. I then drove from the mall to the market and started noticing that my engine temps were way above the redline...I immediately pulled into a parking lot and checked the oil and it was fine...so I drove out of the parking lot to a gas station about 1 mile away and bought some oil (1QT) and poured it into the engine.....then when I started the motor it was a bit hard to start (again with the temps high)........I still knew something was wrong, so I hopped on the freeway to head over to PepBoys and as I got off the off ramp the car just stalled and I was able to push it off to the side (thankfully since there was a bunch of traffic). I called my friend and we found it was the radiator and there was nothing in it..so I headed to Pepboys in his car and we got coolant and poured it into the radiator...but then about 1 minute later it was leaking like crazy and that (1) gallon of coolant was gone in an instant......the temps went back to normal so I immediately drove it home and temps rose again within 10 minutes....I honestly had no choice but to drive it home which was about a 20 minutes drive (going about 50mph)..and there was smoke coming from the motor but I think it was the coolant that was burning off. I managed to get it home and immediately placed an order for a radiator and called it a night.
I picked up the new radiator today (aftermarket) and I installed it myself. I checked all hoses and they are fine. The installation went well and I poured 50/50 coolant into the radiator..(ended up using two bottles since I poured some into the overflow). The car drives fine now but I am being extremely cautious. Temps are fine and it is below the middle line like how it always was.
I just want to know if there is anything I should check. I will be taking it to my mechanic this Saturday to have him inspect it.
One thing I noticed is the car kinda hiccups when I am driving (usually in 3rd gear going about 30mph). I checked the dipstick and oilcap and there is no milky oil...no smoke from the exhaust either. I drove about 60 miles today and engine temps again were normal but I am still paranoid.
- No CEL
- Car starts up fine
- Oil levels are fine
- No leaks that I can see from the bottom and I checked everytime I pulled into a parking lot.
- Checked coolant levels and the reservoir did go down a little but I think its because I did not bleed the radiator.
- I can see coolant in the radiator when I remove the cap.
Comments would be appreciated.
Last edited by sammie; 11-23-2010 at 12:37 AM.