It has been a long time since I posted anything in here..but my Aveo blew up yesterday as I got to work,of course! A huge cloud of smoke....turns out to be steam of course. Luckily I only had to drive 40 feet or I could have seized up the engine!
Well after the loud disappeared, I too a look and knew it was coolant, l over the engine, and I had it powerflushed at Chevy less than 1year ago!!! Did this cause it? I dont know. BUT.. I saw the thermostat behind he short top hose, and it was ripped away from the engine. Well I had it towed to my mechanic,and this the part that I think maybe others should know about. The part they replaced WAS a plastic connection to the engine, where the thermostat was located and the hose was connected to the engine. Ii is now a metal connection, not plastic. I m going to try and put a picture on this posting, to show the new part. They didn't replace the waterpump or even the hose, and its 7 years old! I called them an asked what the problem was, if more than that hose ,and they said it was done. $350! 110 of tat was towing. From the each to inland. They told me that if a car comp gets a lot of complaints, on a certain part, they upgrade it. From like cheap plastic, to metal! So... think it is aluminum now. So maybe 2006 engines and earlier,or later,you should take a look at your upper hose and see if you have any cracks starting,and get the metal replacement, before it blows!. Got another post to do to.
I got a pic. to stick!