Frustration is mounting, so close yet not there!
I have a 01' intrepid that was a 2.7 that died, and now thanks to some persistense and daytreppers book, she lives......kinda. I had the car running about a month or more ago, but do to finally getting a new job after 11 months looking, i hadnt had any time to really take her on the road and get the bugs out of her. Ever since i did the conversion, she has been tight, not leaked any oil or antifreeze. Starts on first try , and now that i have over 100 miles on the replacement, the computer fianlly seems to be getting more out ot the drivetrain. There is a remarkable difference between the 2.7 and the 3.5, so much smoother, stronger, and midrange is real nice.
Finally, over the holiday, was able to rack some miles up on it, and was really getting my confidence built up to start driving it to work this week.
All was well, until i went back to the car wash, to power wash my floor mates. while there i added a can of r-134 to the ac and let her idle while i washed the mats. finally about 10 or 15 minutes later i was done, and lefft to so to big box store and get some upholstery cleaner. When i came out, there was antifreeze dumped all over the asphault under my car. Having visions of what it looked like when the 2.7 trashed out on me. i crawled under best i could and couldnt pin point a leaking spot. best i could tell, the coolant may have boiled out of the reservoir best i could tell. I tried to start her then, but would not fire. Waited about 10 minutes tried again, and she kicked right off and ran good going home. Once home didnt really notice any more leaks but decided to check things anyway. well found the cap was not sealing very good, and the pass side fan was toast. Today, went and got a junkyard fan, and new cap, and temp sending unit. the temp never got any higher than just a tick over the middle mark, so apparently not over heating. i checked the fam out installed it, found out the sending unit was wrong, so cleaned mine and reinstalled. and refilled system and after after a few minutes running, installed the new cap. It seemed like forever forthe fans to kick in, and they would not come on until temp was back to that middle line on the gauge. then the bad part came, i noticed coolant dripping from the area of the torque converter access plate. then noticed coolant comming from around the thermostat housing. trying to locate the rear leak, i couldnt see anything on top, so i took cowl and strut support off, thinking i might have a hose leaking or? Well, nothing, and the only thing i can figure it is leaking on the thermostat housing, and then running down the hose to the rear of engine and falling down. But i did not see any fluid up above teh starter where the coolant pipe rides.
I am frustrated, and cant afford to keep losing sleep over this thing, and i have been borrowing a car to use while this was down, but the folks are getting upset with me having the their car for so long. anybody got any ideas. i am nearly one hundred percent sure i put the stat in the correct way, and the rear leak still concerns me.
Any ideas at all.