'97 Charade 1.3L overheating problem


Hi All,

Am seeking some help from those of you more in the know about an overheating problem I'm having with my 1.3L 1997 5spd charade:

Had major 100,000km service done(sorry but dont know miles)approx 1000kms ago. Since the service I drove 700kms and then the charade was parked and not moved for approx 6mths. When I did drive it after I travelled 200kms to my Mum's house, stayed overnight & returned home the following morning. When I started it up to drive home I notice engine surging while idling, then after driving approx 150kms it overheated. I thought fan wasnt coming on, so jimmy to be on continuously & when cooled drove on. I then overheated another 5 times over a distance of 35kms whilst limping it home. There wasnt any water leaking from it at all, nor did i go through excessive water.

Will even overheat when left idling after starting. Doesent appear to be water in oil....not milky at all. The water in radiator is not murky / coolant appears OK. ANY THOUGHTS????

A friend thought the overheating may be caused by a timing or timing belt problem??? The timing belt was replaced (supposedly) when the car had major service.....only around 1000kms ago!

Unfortunately, I live about 60kms from closes town & would have to find a way to get it into town if I am to have mechanic look at it..........depending on what problem is & cost to fix......I may need to save the money for repair first.


P.S. I believe 1km = 0.62137119224 miles

Thanks HelpCray 2

Overheating Charade

2003 Sirion SL 1300. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape much.

This sounds like the Thermostat Valve stuck in the closed position.

Remove Old Thermostat. Flush the whole system Fit new Thermostat,and put in new coolant.

Fix this quick or you will blow the head gasket.

Fingers Crossed.


2003 Sirion Rally 4. And I love it.
Don't like the new shape Sirion much.Sorry.