Okay, admittedly my car isn’t top of the line. But I’d rather keep it. I also don’t have the money for anything new.
It all started one day getting stuck in traffic. Some kid claims something broke, causing him to serve in front of a bus bus and sending the bus into a creek. Luckily, all the kids had been dropped off, and the driver wasn’t hurt. In my angrier moments, I figure the kid was texting but have no proof. Anyhoo… I was stuck in traffic for 90 minutes, and within sight of getting out of the traffic mess, there was a loud bang and it overheats. Off to the side of the road, call the wife, she picks me up. Take it to the local shop, which replaces the Radiator and the Thermostat.
From then on, if I get stuck in slow traffic or at stop lights, it heats up quick. The dash temperature gauge has the word “NORMAL” spelled vertically. After a few traffic lights, the pointer is at the O or even the N. Before the next incident (below), running too hot would cause difficulty starting unless I pumped the gas pedal, or let it cool down for awhile.
Another incident: a rather sudden loss of power driving. The mechanic claims that the catalytic converters are clogged (the car has two). He opens up one of them, “unclogs” it, and only charges me about $90. This didn’t solve the problem. It did seem to clear up the starting problem.
There’s plenty of coolant in the reservoir.