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Major Stoppage - Over Heating

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02-13-2014 16:47:46

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I'll start by saying this isn't a "N" problem but I know there are some great mechanics who have helped me in the past with my "N" who can probably help now. About a year ago I bought a used Vermeer trencher, it ran hot so we took it apart and found a cracked head. It was replaced with a new thermostat,and radiator professionally cleaned. Tried to trench a lot of ditch today and the same problem. I am guessing someone put so much of something in it trying to help with the cracked head that everything is now stopped up. My question is there anything to put in the motor that will free up the gunk and flush it out or will the motor have to be broken down and cleaned?

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02-14-2014 03:18:09

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 Re: Major Stoppage - Over Heating in reply to retiredfire, 02-13-2014 16:47:46  
It sounds like you haven't found the problem. If you suspect a blocked radiator prove it to yourself first. You can use a non-contact thermometer for this or the old fashioned way of letting the engine come up to operating temp., shut off the engine, disconnect the electrical fan, if equipped, and feel the core immediately for cool spots which would indicate blockage. Then flush it if it's blocked. The information you posted is inconclusive. Overheating concerns are usually related to either air flow or coolant flow issues. It sounds like you have the same symptom so maybe you have the same problem. To provide more help I would want to know what is the time lapse from start-up to overheat and are you using the gauge to determine whether it's overheating or are you experiencing boil-over. And how hard it it being worked before it overheats. Cracked heads are usually a sign of another problem and not necessarily the sole reason for overheating. Hope this helps. Gerard

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02-13-2014 18:28:55

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 Re: Major Stoppage - Over Heating in reply to retiredfire, 02-13-2014 16:47:46  
Ive had the best luck using a high pressure washer one way or the other. Poke it in here and poke it in there and it works!

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02-13-2014 18:22:16

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 Re: Major Stoppage - Over Heating in reply to retiredfire, 02-13-2014 16:47:46  
I have heard of using Cascade powder dish washing soap. Never tried it, but seems like if would give a good cleaning.

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02-13-2014 18:07:38

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 Re: Major Stoppage - Over Heating in reply to retiredfire, 02-13-2014 16:47:46  
Drain it out and fill with vinegar and run it till good and warm. Let it cool and then if you can back flush it by way of the block drain with a garden hose. It may take 2 or 3 treatments to clean it up but it works most of the time

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