I'm having an overheating issue with my intrepid, but I'm going to give a little maintainance background before I go into that.
The intrepid was my mom's old car, it started to blow freeze plugs and loose antifreeze in march 2011, replaced the freeze plug and refilled the coolant. A few days later another freeze plug in the back of the engine blew, she got frustrated with the car and brought another one, she worked about 40-50miles from the house so she needed reliable transportation.
She gave me the car and I got it fixed in june 2011, come to find out a bad water pump was causing the freeze plugs to blow. So my mechanic in June 2011 replaced all the freeze plugs and water pump. Car ran fine.
August 2011 I notice that I'm loosing coolant from the very front of my car, took a flashlight and looked in the area of the radiator and it was cracked on one side. So in August 2011 my mechanic replaced my radiator. Car ran well again.
In Sept. 2011 on my way home one day the car overheats out of nowhere. I pull over and call my mechanic and he said let it cool off and get it home I was like 5 mins from my house. Before I called him when I lifted the hood all coolant was in the overflow tank and boiling over, so I was smelling the sweet smell of coolant. I proceeded to let it cool off and try to get it home, it took no more than 3-7mins for it to overheat again while I was trying to get it home. This all happened on a Friday.
That following Monday my mechanic tries to troubleshoot why the car is overheating. He was bleeding the coolant system and a lot of air was coming out, he also test drove it and it kept overheating,and at this point he thinks it could be a bad thermostat The next day tuesday he comes back to replace the thermostat. test drives it and it still overheats. After test driving it 4 times he comes to the conclusion that the head gasket it blown. Although I didn't have white smoke and milky chocolate oil, combustion gases were restricting my coolant from flowing properly.
Fast forward to October 10, 2011, my mechanic has my car towed to his garage to fix head gasket issue, tune-up, and a bad timing chain tensioner. He was going to return the car to me yesterday but on his way the car overheated.
What's going on. I'm pretty frustrated. I feel as though the car shouldn't have any reason to continue to overheat.
-water pump and freeze plugs
-new radiator and battery
- head gasket repair
-tune up(spark plugs, pcv valve, air filter, oil, coolant)
-New timing chain tensioner
Things Not Replaced:
-radiator cap(never been replaced according to my knowledge)
-radiator hoses( one if not both hoses have been replaced before when my mother was driving the car)
I will keep this post up to date cause my mechanic still has my car.