Last week I replaced the freeze plug in my block that corroded and
started leaking. This was after it literally draining my coolant system
while driving. Long story short (don't want to repeat it again), my
hopes were that nothing else bad happened when I lost the coolant. It
ran for maybe 2-3 minutes after the leak happened. I was only a couple
blocks from home.
So after replacing with a brass plug, I filled the system back up with
coolant. When I run the car now, fluid seems to be blocked or not
pumping. My heater core lines are not getting hot fluid to them, and I
get no heat. And the water temp guage reads nothing. Since both no
heat and no temp reading, I'm assuming no water is getting to the top of
the intake. When I look in the radiator, none of the water in it has
been pulled into the block (my entire system was drained when replacing
the freeze plug).
Where would my next logical place to look be?
I had an inclination to remove my thermostat altogether to allow water
flow. But should I check the pump instead (that will be a pain)? The
pump is about 2 years old, and still looks newish. I replaced the
heater core and all lines a couple weeks ago. The thermostat I replaced
when I replaced my cracked heads about 2 months ago (it seemed to work
I had thought about just removing the belt, and trying to spin the pump
by hand. Just to make sure is wasn't binding. Any other ideas?