I have a 1992 Toyota Celica convertible. I’ve had it for just over 10 years. I know it needs to be replaced, before it sucks the last penny from between the sofa cushions. I’d like to replace it in my time frame, not the car’s.
But we have a problem. It started over heating about 2 months ago. I took it to a Walt’s Auto service, thinking it needed a radiator flush. I was half right, it needed a radiator. At least that what we paid for. They said they back-flushed the new radiator, replaced the hoses and the water pump. Well, damn, its still over heating.
It doesn’t act like a head gasket, because sometimes, actually most of the time its rock steady. When it does over heat, turning the heater full on brings it down within a minute or so. It doesn’t overheat the first time its driven on a given day. Drive, drive, drive, no problem, just don’t stop. Once it stops, or even if the idle just goes below 1100 RPMs, up goes the temp and I have to leave the heater on the rest of the trip. In other words, taking it back up to freeway speed without the heater being on doesn’t correct the problem.
The other symptom is the RPMs fluctuate at idle. It sounds like the car is breathing. The idle seem a little low to me too, it “breathes” 850 RPMs to 1000.
Ideas? Suggestions? Witty comebacks? Anything?
Hey, thanks in advance.