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Old 06-09-2015, 12:21 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Hello everyone,

2004 Nissan Maxima 103,000 miles and transmission 180,000 miles. No CEL is on.

The car overheat in the long drive on the highway after 30 minutes and I see temperature gauge going up barely not all the way. If I let the car running at idle for 30-60 minutes then I do not see temperature gauge rising at all only while driving on the highway. Yes, I did check the coolant and it not leaking, but during the winter time I do not have the heat working in the car.
Forgot to mention that both fans are working with air on or off position.

Things I did today was drain radiator and refill with garden water and still no heat air coming out from the air vent.



Any help?
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Hello there, you'll have to purge the cooling system.. The reason your car is over heating is bc the heater core is over heating.. Do you hear a swishing sound when you start the car or pull off..? If so you'll need to get the air out of your system..


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Z25Jp3Ixc
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:25 AM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

I did check out that video on YouTube before I did the work today on my car but I did bleed the air out but still I don't get no heat. I'm doing drain again tommor to flush out the water and put 50/50 antifreeze.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:52 AM   #4
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Might be the heather core as OG said &/or the cab filter too . How bout the thermostate ! is it good also .
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:47 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Anyone know how to flush the heater core and where's located? If the thermostat is bad won't I get the check engine light on? Picture would be great for showing me where's heater core located at.

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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Usually the heather core is in the firewall passenger side . I would check on Courtesy Nissan Parts Online , some times they have some diagrams .

As for the thermostat , do know it for sure on this model , someone can chim in & tell .

http://www.courtesyparts.com/maxima-...2691_2694.html

http://www.courtesyparts.com/maxima-...2705_2720.html

I would call the service department , they might help you .
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

I know where is thermostat located. I do not know where's two hoses for heater core is located. Is it inside the cabin or inside the engine firewall?
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Must be inside cab , Check where the hoses go from either radiator or at firewall on passenger side .
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Can someone give me the link for factory service manual?
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

What year & model .
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Guess this link can be of help to you : http://diyservicemanuals.com/nissan-...epair-manuals/
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

I haven't done anything yet but I see grease all over the thermostat. Can this be front blown head gasket?
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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

Maybe the thermostat is done, you might want to change it to see if it works again, for the heather core, the core itself its inside the firewall, there are two hoses going through it, are easy to locate, the only two hoses going through, you might want to check too if the core its clogged you can try to flush it with a garden hose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD2LGkUycQg this its a video on how to.

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Default Re: Overheating on the highway after 30 minutes of driving

If there s grease over at the thermostat , it can also be the valva cover gasket as well .
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