The issue is sort of resolved now.  The vicious fan had died, and paired with 
the screw up job the shop did trying to remove a backfire, the thing now runs 
way to rich and is all out of whack.  I real D-jet mechanic will have to 
"De-tune" the tune up and fiddling to get it back to proper, but I can not make 
that payment today.

Same shop was supposed to have done a full synth oil change, but after 500 
miles, the stuff looked like nine year old diesel oil.  The job was not done.

clay

On Jul 11, 2014, at 1:25 PM, Randy Bennell wrote:

> On 11/07/2014 2:38 PM, clay wrote:
>> Froggy is having inconsistent cooling issues.
>> 
>> I was taking her for an italian tune up this past weekend.  I meant to climb 
>> the foothills of the Cascades about 32 miles out of town (seattle) doing 
>> 70mph.   I made it only 22 miles before I had to pull off because the temp 
>> was climbing up to the red zone.  Got to a service station and drizzled a 
>> gallon of water over the block and rad to get temp down.  I decided to head 
>> back home and give it a better look.
>> 
>> No visible leakage.  The system was holding pressure fine.  I checked the 
>> oil for water, but only found it to be black and nasty.  This within 500 
>> miles of a change.  I am suspecting the shop did not really change the oil.  
>> So, I gave it all new oil.
>> 
>> Thermostat was changed, along with new hoses and water pump last summer.  
>> The AC does not function, so that should have no impact on temps.  I have 
>> replaced the hood pad, and there are no cats living in the engine bay to add 
>> to the heat soaking.
>> 
>> Transmission filter and fluids were change two years ago, about 2k miles.
>> 
>> Anybody have insight?
>> 
>> 
>> clay
>> 
>> 
> This is the car that has had all sorts of issues is it not?
> Timing and fuel mixture can be an issue with overheating if I am not mistaken.
> Too soon, too late, or bad advance mechanism, too rich, or too lean. All of 
> the above, some of the above etc. It all needs to work together.
> Was the oil thin? Did it smell of fuel? Was there too much of it?
> 
> Apart from that, if the engine seemed to be running fine, then is the rad 
> plugged? Does the fan work? Is there anything missing on the vehicle that 
> should be there, like a fan shroud or an air dam under the bumper etc?
> Is the coolant mixture ok? Too much or too little coolant with the water can 
> make for problems.
> Some cars (not necessarily MBs) were built with marginal cooling to begin 
> with. Big motor, tight engine compartment, smog controls etc so old age does 
> not help them cope when they were not all that good when they were new.
> 
> Randy
> 
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