I bought 92 Cavalier for my daughter, she has driven it all winter long. yesterday it got warm and she used the AC in heavy traffic. She called me from work to say the car got really hot (all the way over to the red zone).
I drove it home, it got hot when we stopped in traffic, cooled down as soon as I moved. I changed the thermostat, test drove the car, it didnt overheat, so I figured it was fine..
This morning she drove to school and broke down on the highway. The car died for no reason, she said she watched the gauge and it didnt go past the half mark. I added some more water, car started fine, had it towed home anyway. Got it home ran it in driveway to see if it would get hot. After about 15 min. the engine died, the gauge was at first mark which is normal for this car, now the car wont restart.
There is no oil in the antifreeze and no antifreeze in the oil, so I figure head gasket is ok. The cooling fan does kick on, but not when I think it should. Yesterday I had to get the car up to the half mark for the fan to kick on, the tow truck driver said to turn on AC that should kick the fan, but it didnt.
Any ideas what is going on and why wont the car start?? Am thinking about wiring the fan constantly on for time being, course that is assuming the car will start...