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1953-1960 Classic Car Engines Troubleshooting Guide: Engine Overheats - Water Too Hot

Things to Look For:

  1. Slipping fan belt.
  2. Not enough water in system.
  3. Carburetor mixture too lean.
  4. Clogged exhaust system.
  5. Late ignition timing.
  6. Centrifugal advance fails to advance spark as engine speed increases because weights stick or because of sticking elsewhere in mechanism.
  7. Pre-ignition.
  8. Pinging.
  9. Water circulation impeded by installation of wrong cylinder head gasket.
  10. Cylinder head gasket installed incorrectly, blocking off water holes.
  11. Leaky cylinder head gasket permits exhaust gas to enter water. The gas bubbles interfere with the ability of the water to cool the engine.
  12. Water circulation slowed down by rust, scale or dirt in water jackets.
  13. Water distributing tube (when used) within cylinder block rusted out dented or improperly installed so that not enough water reaches some cylinders, thus causing local overheating.
  14. Local overheating at one cylinder (or more) due to heavy deposit of rust, scale or dirt in water jacket around cylinder or exhaust valve port.
  15. Water circulation impeded by thermostat which fails to open fully or sticks closed.
  16. Water temperature increased by thermostat which fails to open at correct temperature. Or the installation of a thermostat which opens at too high a temperature.
  17. Any water hose which has rotted on inside, allowing loosened strips of rubber to impede water circulation.
  18. The baffle in top tank may be bent in such a way as to interfere with free discharge of water from the hose.
  19. Vertical water passages in radiator are partially clogged with dirt, rust, corrosion or scale (mineral salts in hard water).
  20. Exterior of radiator clogged with dirt, leaves or insects.
  21. Rotting of water hose may weaken it so that pump suction causes it to collapse when engine is running fast, thus throttling the water flow.
  22. If water pump seal leaks, air may be drawn into the water. Air bubbles in cooling water reduce the cooling ability of the water.
  23. Water pump impeller loose on its shaft or impeller blades badly corroded.
  24. Overheats due to alcohol type antifreeze during mild weather.

The Complete Guide to Troubleshooting 1953-1960 Era American Classic Car Engines

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