: 2000 sls overheating



Talamant3z
02-18-09, 11:29 PM
ok i got a sls and it will stay one bar above the middle and go up and right back down everything was fine until i drove home from school it started to heat up it first said engine hot ac off well a few mins later it says colant hot the temp was on the redline i pull over (cut the car off)and call the previous owner and tell him whats going on. he says the sensor is bad and the engine isnt really overheating the sensor is broke (does that have truth to it?) well that was maybe 5-10mins tops i turn the car on and drive back home (maybe 1 mile tops) and it didnt get hot. can this sensor be broken or what could be going on? also i tried to check the colant but the damn top wouldnt come off(i let the car cool down too) its very hard to open.
also car has 106k miles

Talamant3z
02-18-09, 11:50 PM
also when i drove it home about 22 miles nothing no over heating but when i come from school about 4 miles it overheated

Destroyer
02-19-09, 07:08 AM
There isn't enough information to jump the gun and say that it's the head gaskets (you don't want that) but it sounds like you just bought it so I would be very suspect. Why didn't the last owner tell you about a "broken sensor" beforehand? Sounds fishy.

CaptainFishpond
02-19-09, 08:14 AM
Broken sensor sounds extremely fishy.

ryannel2003
02-19-09, 09:22 AM
I wouldn't buy that broken sensor excuse. Does it have trouble starting, lots of white smoke, poor idle? That, along with running hot are just a few signs of HG failure.

BTW, my 2000 needed them at 54k. Don't let the 2000 changes fool you, some of them do need attention.

Talamant3z
02-19-09, 11:56 AM
There isn't enough information to jump the gun and say that it's the head gaskets (you don't want that) but it sounds like you just bought it so I would be very suspect. Why didn't the last owner tell you about a "broken sensor" beforehand? Sounds fishy.

dont know it sucks because he left alot of things out and now im suck with this junk :( it idles rough but thats because one of the spark plugs are out(well thats what he told me) or could that also be false it said spark plug 8 has to be replaced (misfire or backfire one of those) but when i am in idle is shakes and rumbles

Ranger
02-19-09, 12:38 PM
Does the idle ever smooth out? I smell a rat.

Talamant3z
02-19-09, 12:41 PM
Does the idle ever smooth out? I smell a rat.
yes when i drive it it smooths out only when i am in idle and i know hes a rat now but im stuck with this car so i hope i can get it working

Ranger
02-19-09, 12:47 PM
Is the coolant level consistent or are you using coolant? Of coarse you can get it working. It's just a matter of finding and fixing the problem and be willing to pay the price if it is head gaskets. Have the coolant tested for exhaust gases before throwing parts at it.

Talamant3z
02-19-09, 12:54 PM
Is the coolant level consistent or are you using coolant? Of coarse you can get it working. It's just a matter of finding and fixing the problem and be willing to pay the price if it is head gaskets. Have the coolant tested for exhaust gases before throwing parts at it.

i tired to check the coolant but the cap wont open i tied very thing but breaking if off its hard to come off

SPreston2001
02-19-09, 03:55 PM
Do you have a lemon law where you live?

misfit6794
02-19-09, 04:49 PM
Is the cap not turning at all? Could be some dried coolant on the threads, give it some taps (not hard) with a hammer, might help. Also put some downward pressure on it while you are turning it. You definetly need to get check the level. I'd be concerned with that rough idle, especially if its on initial start up, thats usually the first sign of a headgasket.

Talamant3z
02-19-09, 05:06 PM
Do you have a lemon law where you live?

yeah but isnt that only good if u buy a new car or from a dealer?

CaptainFishpond
02-19-09, 06:28 PM
How long have you had this car? Has it been more like 6 days or six months. If you just bought It I would for sure call the guy and ask him why he sold you a car with a bad hg that he most likely knew about.

Talamant3z
02-19-09, 06:40 PM
How long have you had this car? Has it been more like 6 days or six months. If you just bought It I would for sure call the guy and ask him why he sold you a car with a bad hg that he most likely knew about.

had it one day tired to call him and he wont guve my money back he said he doesnt know if i did it ect...

Destroyer
02-19-09, 08:49 PM
had it one day tired to call him and he wont guve my money back he said he doesnt know if i did it ect...You could try small claims court. A while back I had a buddy that sold someone a '65 Mustang (this was in the late 80's). Well a week after the guy bought it the motor blew up and of course he blamed it on my friend. They went to small claims court over it and the guy won. Truth is, that car did have a rod knock for a long time and my buddy got what he deserved.

Submariner409
02-19-09, 09:00 PM
Had the car one day ??? Destroyer may not say this but I will: If you ever contemplate buying a car, any car, from a small lot or private individual, spend $250 (term insurance) to have a good mechanic survey the car.

Talamant, You've been in and out of CF enough to know that you should CYA when it comes to buying a Seville, particularly one from a private owner.

Get a lawyer. (Nice thought but he/she will get the $$$ and you'll be walking.) Otherwise go to Small Claims Court.

Ranger
02-19-09, 09:36 PM
I suspect a letter from a lawyer may have him reconsidering a refund.

minnesotamom
02-19-09, 10:04 PM
I'm actually with Destroyer on this one. If you had it for less than a day and it started acting up like that, the guy who sold it to you is a jerk for not giving you a refund. Unless you know someone who's a lawyer that could write up a threatening letter on their letterhead to scare him a bit, I'd just call your courthouse and find out what you need to do to file a claim. I think you'd win..although collecting can sometimes be a challenge. There's a small filing fee, but a lawyer would probably charge a couple hundred for their time.

You could try small claims court. A while back I had a buddy that sold someone a '65 Mustang (this was in the late 80's). Well a week after the guy bought it the motor blew up and of course he blamed it on my friend. They went to small claims court over it and the guy won. Truth is, that car did have a rod knock for a long time and my buddy got what he deserved.