Steam is coming out of coolant reservoir.

Steam is coming out of the coolant reservoir, and it's overflowing. I recently had my water pump changed.
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Hello. If your coolant overflow tank is steaming and overflowing, then that means the vehicle is running hotter than normal, and may even be overheating. The vehicle will need to be inspected for possible overheating issues and any repairs can be done by a certified mechanic. As cooling system problems can sometimes be elusive, I would recommend having the vehicle checked and tested by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine the exact nature of the problem.

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Most of the time when you see “steam” coming from the overflow tank, it`s due to higher than normal or overheating problems within the coolant system. As you know, when coolant and water reach “boiling temperature”, water evaporates into steam.
When debris blocks water circulation inside the radiator it clogs up the system and prevents engine coolant flow. Instant signs of a bad radiator include boiling coolant, steam or smoke oozing out from the hood, or engine overheating.
Coolant, or antifreeze, is essential to regulating the temperature of your vehicle. It`s also extremely toxic and designed to stay inside a closed system. If you`re seeing an overflow, it could be due to a radiator cap, thermostat, water pump, or radiator malfunction.
The most common reasons a Jaguar X-Type is overheating are a coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.), the radiator fan, or a failed thermostat.
Leaking Coolant – If you see white smoke under the hood, it`s most likely burning coolant that has come into contact with the hot components beneath your hood. This smoke will smell sweet.
If your coolant reservoir is boiling but your engine doesn`t overheat, then your coolant may not actually be too hot. Those bubbles you noticed are more likely air bubbles that found their way into the coolant reservoir—not from the piping hot coolant. In most cases, the issue is actually a leak in the radiator cap.
When a thermostat malfunctions, it fails to open and close at the proper times. As a result of the unregulated airflow, it generates a bubble effect in the coolant reservoir or radiator.
Coolant Leaks

Oftentimes when the thermostat fails, it remains in its closed position. As the engine overheats, coolant will overflow out of the thermostat housing. This means that coolant leaking out of your engine could be a sign that your thermostat has gone bad.

If the radiator cap is stuck, fluid cannot get released. This will cause pressure to build inside of the radiator, causing the hose to leak or break open. If you notice coolant near the radiator or the radiator cap, then you clearly have leaky coolant.
Every vehicle manufacturer, consisting Jaguar has developed its own coolant or requires a definite coolant that is unique to definite years and models.
If you notice your engine releasing steam or starting to smoke up, pull your car over when it is safe to do so and turn your engine off. If you are comfortable doing so, pop the hood of the car. Dot not pop the hood until the engine has cooled. Do this only if you feel it is safe to do so.
White smoke from your exhaust almost always indicates a blown head gasket, and just like there is coolant mixed with your engine oil, there will also be engine oil mixed with your coolant.
The minimum mark is the lowest amount of coolant your engine will need and going below this may cause overheating problems. On the other hand, overfilling your coolant tank above the maximum level when it`s cold will mean that there`s nowhere for the coolant to expand into once it heats up.
Radiator Hose Troubles:

Another symptom of a clogged or faulty radiator is if the radiator hoses are hot to touch. The hoses carry the car coolant from the radiator to the engine. If the hoses are hot, it means that the coolant is not flowing correctly and the engine is overheating.

How do I know if my steam radiator is clogged? A clogged steam radiator might make gurgling noises. A hissing sound or a radiator that spits or leaks water also can be a sign that debris or mineral deposits are clogging the system.
Bubbles in the cooling system (or back-pressure) is a telltale symptom of a blown head gasket, which brings other problems which can eventually result in a complete lack of compression in the engine and the vehicle being unable to start.
One of the first things you will notice is the temperature gauge is higher than normal. It may even start to fluctuate frequently. If you notice the gauge is hovering ¾ of the way from the top, then your thermostat is experiencing damage in the form of overheating. This can soon lead to your engine and car overheating.
You`ll most likely hear a quiet clicking sound followed by air moving through the ductwork. You can also place your hand on a vent to feel for hot or cold air. If you don`t hear or feel anything within a minute or two of making the changes, your thermostat may need to be replaced.
The only way to change this pressure is to increase/decrease pump flow or add or remove restriction from the system. The water component of coolant boiling, in the hottest areas of the engine, creates expansive vapor, which further pressurizes the system.
The cooling system is one where air bubbles can be a significant concern. They can lead to hot spots in the engine, which can cause it to overheat and lead to all sorts of internal engine damage that will be costly to repair.
We know how difficult it is to get rid of all the air out of the cooling system with the help of a water pump or thermostat replacement. And if not executed precisely, it can damage your car`s engine eventually. Over time, the coolant system starts overheating due to the accumulation of air pockets.
due to the overheating risk, a car with a leaking water pump should not be driven. coolant leaks allow air into the cooling system, creating air pockets where hot spots can occur and damage other components. if the water pump is leaking, consider getting the vehicle towed to a repair shop.
Jaguars are agile, sophisticated, and powerful vehicles. However, all of that power can sometimes be too much for a Jaguar`s engine, causing it to wear down, malfunction, and overheat. An overheated engine can inflict serious damage on your vehicle and may have deadly consequences if left unaddressed.

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No coolant in the reservoir. Seen low coolant message. I added 2 quarts of 50/50 coolant. Still getting the message. How much coolant doe it need?
ANSWER : Hi there. For the coolant light to go out, you would need to have the coolant between the low line and the full line for the light to go out. If the coolant is low and keeps on being low, then look for any signs of coolant leaks. You may have to use a coolant pressure tester to pressurize the reservoir to allow the leak to be found.

If you need further assistance with the coolant being low and the warning light being on, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Steam coming from the coolant reservoir
ANSWER : Hi there. The coolant reservoir cap could be not sealing properly and causing the coolant to boil and steam coming out the vent or the coolant could be weak and needs changed as the boiling point has been lowered making the coolant boil and steam coming out the vent. If you need further assistance with your cooling system, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Evaporating coolant
ANSWER : There are two things you might want to ask yourself. First, are you using a 50/50 percent ratio of coolant to distilled water? If not, this could cause the coolant to evaporate when it gets above 170 degrees. This is common when you’re using more water than coolant. If the coolant is more than water, it will expand and push through the coolant overflow reservoir since coolant expands as it heats. I would recommend flushing your coolant system fully; and check with Pontiac about the procedure for priming the coolant system correctly. This will eliminate air bubble issues.

My coolant reservoir is empty and coolant is splattered over my engine
ANSWER : Driving a car with "zero" coolant will destroy the engine within minutes. Even after a coolant leak, though, you have some coolant in the engine and water can sometimes be added to enable one to drive a "short" distance as long as you observe the temperature gauge on the instrument panel and do NOT operate the car, even momentarily, in the RED (overheated) danger zone. But, the problem is because we do not know the nature and extent of the coolant leak that you have, once you add water (or anti-freeze) it is hard to predict if it will leak out quickly, thus quickly leading to an overheating situation once you depart, and possibly leaving you stuck between home and a service facility. When the car is stone cold (if you open cap when engine is hot you will be severely burned), you could try removing the radiator cap, adding water, re-installing the cap tightly and see if the car will idle for 10 minutes without overheating and without coolant leaking out. If the car seems "stable", you could "try" to make it to a shop.

As far as what’s wrong, you have a leak, the origin of which is usually obvious once a mechanic makes just a visual inspection. There are so many places a cooling system can leak: radiator cap, water pump, radiator, hoses, and so forth. All of those are easy to deal with though and so you needn’t worry. It will be least risky (in terms of potentially overheating the engine), and also much less expensive, if you have a certified mobile professional come right to your door and resolve this for you. If you desire, do follow-up with YourMechanic and request a cooling system leak diagnostic during which the Mechanic will let you know exactly what the story is. If I can be of further service, or you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

My coolant reservoir is empty and coolant is splattered over my engine
ANSWER : Driving a car with "zero" coolant will destroy the engine within minutes. Even after a coolant leak, though, you have some coolant in the engine and water can sometimes be added to enable one to drive a "short" distance as long as you observe the temperature gauge on the instrument panel and do NOT operate the car, even momentarily, in the RED (overheated) danger zone. But, the problem is because we do not know the nature and extent of the coolant leak that you have, once you add water (or anti-freeze) it is hard to predict if it will leak out quickly, thus quickly leading to an overheating situation once you depart, and possibly leaving you stuck between home and a service facility. When the car is stone cold (if you open cap when engine is hot you will be severely burned), you could try removing the radiator cap, adding water, re-installing the cap tightly and see if the car will idle for 10 minutes without overheating and without coolant leaking out. If the car seems "stable", you could "try" to make it to a shop.

As far as what’s wrong, you have a leak, the origin of which is usually obvious once a mechanic makes just a visual inspection. There are so many places a cooling system can leak: radiator cap, water pump, radiator, hoses, and so forth. All of those are easy to deal with though and so you needn’t worry. It will be least risky (in terms of potentially overheating the engine), and also much less expensive, if you have a certified mobile professional come right to your door and resolve this for you. If you desire, do follow-up with YourMechanic and request a cooling system leak diagnostic during which the Mechanic will let you know exactly what the story is. If I can be of further service, or you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

My 05 equinox is overheating. Refilled coolant reservoir this morning for the reservoir was empty, but I cant find any coolant. Now heater is blowing cold.
ANSWER : Hi there. If the engine is overheating to almost at the red line but not there, then the issue would be the thermostat and leaking out the blow by hose. If the needle is going into the red line, then the coolant could be leaking out of a freeze plug and burning off on the exhaust or leaking into the engine causing the oil to mix. Check the engine oil and see if it is milky. If the oil is milky, then there is coolant getting in the oil through the intake gaskets or the head gaskets. If you need further assistance with your engine overheating, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

My 1990 Subaru Legacy wagon is overheating, coolant is full though. Some slight smoke coming out of the end of the radiator hose.
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. If the coolant is full this time, and no loss of coolant has taken place, then you are likely experiencing a lack of coolant flow. When the coolant is not circulated through the system, the hot coolant stays next to the engine and overheating occurs. The steam coming from the hose may be a small leak that is dripping onto something hot, or it may be steam building up inside the system and finding a place to escape. The main concern should be with the fact you lost all coolant at one point, and the vehicle is not holding coolant but not circulating it. You need to find the cause of the stagnant coolant and repair it. In the process of doing so, you need to do a thorough search for any leaks. Pressure testing the system is also a good idea. Make sure to find the issues as soon as possible as overheating is an easy way to ruin the engine.

My engine coolant light is coming on and after hitting a pot hole my thermostat light pops on, and after a few miles car run hot
ANSWER : Hi there. It is quite possible that you may have damaged the radiator when hitting the pot hole. Although there are protective shields located under the radiator itself, they are typically very thin and made of plastic in most cases. Sometimes the quick impact can cause cracking along the base of the radiator. When this happens, coolant will leak rather quickly. I would recommend two things, first, stop driving the vehicle until this issue is repaired. Second, contact a professional mobile mechanic to complete a coolant leak inspection so they can pinpoint precisely what is causing the leak and what repairs will be needed. This will allow you to have an accurate estimate for repairs.