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Water pump and Overheating

Discussion in 'Prius v Technical Discussion' started by gus1203, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. gus1203

    gus1203 Junior Member

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    Hello Prius friends.
    I’m having issues with overheating and hope someone can assist with some ideas.

    I have a 2012 Prius V.
    During the summer car ran fine no issues.
    In the summer I replaced radiator due to a a leak in radiator.
    As soon as winter started i had no heat so then I decided to purge the cooling system and didn’t help. I’ve replaced water pump and thermostat and no I’m having problems with overheating.
    Car heats up then in high speeds I get the high temperature light flashing. I have to slow down to make it go away.
    * I pulled over last night and noticed the fans would come on and off when car was overheating. The strange thing is that the water pump would do the same thing. It wouldn’t stay running constantly, it would come on and off. I was able to hear the coolant flow on and off.
    Does anyone know what controls the water pump to make it stay running constantly. These Prius’s have two temperature sensors I’m assuming one is for engine temperature and the other one is for HVAC.
    Any input is greatly appreciated.
     
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    The first thing I would do is read codes and see if there is specific diagnostic information.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. But I get no codes just the flashing temperature red light.
     
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    If the light is flashing, there is a code;).

    What are you using to read the codes:whistle:?

    Is the coolant level low and requires topping up?
     
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    Light (high temperature light) only flashes at high speed stepping on gas when engine running.
     
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    Sometimes it takes a better scanner to read all the codes or an actual Toyota Techstream scanner. Regardless I might be concerned there is air in the system, perhaps introduced when the heat was engaged. Changing the fluid is not just fill and go. Try this video and be sure to read the description in full.

     
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    I will try that again. I’ll keep you posted. But my main concern still the on/off water pump. That seems to lead me to the major issue with this problem. I believe water pump should stay running constantly.
     
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    The water pump status, errors and controls are all in Techstream.
     
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    Hello everyone.
    This past weekend I replaces both temperature sensors verified there were no obstructions and burped the cooling system. Looks like is fixed now crossing fingers. Took it for a drive and no hot engine light. Heat is also working fine. I hope when it got hot last few times It didn’t damage my head gasket.
    Took about an hour to burp. Here is a video that I’d like to share. My car does have the bleed port. Also this is a swapped engine from a 2018 Prius. My car is a 2012 Prius V I swapped the engine back in June.
     
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    Hey there I am also having this issue. I had my car in for service and the coolant was low. They thought perhaps it was a head gasket because cylinder 2 is misfiring. So they tested the head gasket and there doesn't appear to be a problem. Now they're saying it needs new electric water pump and that will cost me about $1,400 with parts and labor. I'm wanting to check in and see if that's in line with regular cost or are they trying to play me for a dumb woman? You know what I mean.
     
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    Welcome to Prius Chat(y).

    The pump itself is ~$300, so I'd say they are playing you;).

    What shop in the greater Sac area are you quoting :whistle:?

    Good luck and keep us posted (y).
     
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    It may be a dumb mechanic. Is this a dealer?
     
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    Hi Gus, according to your video I wonder if you solve your overheating condition.
    Anything wrong with the coolant temperature sensors ??
    Or was it the air trapped in the cooling system ??
    I'm experiencing the same overheating condition.
    Thank you