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Myjeep801 7/28/2019

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 8 Cyl 5.20L


My zj is overheating I already changed the fan clutch watter pump and even took out the thermostat

I don't know what to do but I already did to much burp the coolant changed the fan clutch 2 times put a new thermostat and I'm running it with out one at the moment clean the condenser new watter pump and when I turn the ac on it overheats to like 220 only in the city roads not on the freeway or when the ac is off

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Jimm 7/29/2019

Be sure to first re-install the thermostat - and use one of the correct temperature rating. One of the jobs of the thermostat is to allow the engine to warm-up more quickly - so to remove the thermostat under any circumstance - is to allow the buildup of engine oil sludge (resulting from too slow of a warm-up cycle) which is very harmful to the engine.

The sludge is really water / moisture solution combined with the engine oil - as water and oil do not mix, so the moisture inside the engine (from overnight cooling and temperature changes) will cause a sludge build-up - trapping or blocking the coolant passages - to cause the overheating condition you have described = overheating / poor / restricted coolant circulation and flow in slow speed operation. Recommend that you flush out the cooling system, replace (re-install) the thermostat, refill and then pressure test the cooling system - and thoroughly examine for any leaks / hot spots.

Loss of coolant because of a coolant leak is probably the most common cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then PRESSURE TEST the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

It is important to pressure test the radiator cap, too, because a weak cap (or one with too low a pressure rating.

1. Perform a cooling system / radiator pressure test when the engine is cold - as a first step to locate the leak.
Obtain a loaner tool / free radiator pressure tester from the local auto parts stores such as Autozone, O'Reilly, NAPA, Advance Auto, or PepBoys. Follow their instructions and pump it to an adequate air pressure 12 -15 psi or the pressure rating listed on the radiator or reservoir cap. Observe the leaks and perform the repair.
Note: do not over pressurize beyond the pressure allowed by the radiator cap, then test the radiator cap as well.

2. Air pockets trapped in the cooling system can cause the engine to overheat. Some cooling systems have air bleed valves built into the system to aid in the removal of air pockets. Advice: For many cooling systems, the method of removing air pockets is to start the engine and allow it to run with the radiator cap off or loose until all the air escapes from the neck of the radiator. For some systems this method is not sufficient, and the manufacturer has installed air bleed valves usually near or on the thermostat housing.

Repair as necessary.


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