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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-28-2003, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Talking my trep was over heating bad.

on my way home Friday my trep was wavering on the what is normal 1/4 was showing 3/8's and then i was sitting atthe bank for 20 min in the drive through. then i started smelling what seemed like anti freez. but there was this really beat up neon in front of me and my car atthe time wwas wavering between 1/4 and 3/8s so i did not think ny thing of it so i said it must be him and went on well on the way home 2.5 miles or so it suddenly jumped up to 1/2 and i was like umm Yipes. then i figured i could make it down to a gas station to look at it then with in seconds of that thought the car went to the Dreaded " H " at the very top. i was thinking DAMN!!!! at this point then i honked to get my butt over to a shopping center on this corner. and with in a sec or so it was Smoking white with a nasty smell.

then came the long long wait for the " AAA " tow people. and then i called my pal to come assist me and he came fast and talked then said you have to go with the tow truck i'am out of here. bastard. thats not what i wanted to hear from my pal at this point at all. so i let him leave and then a min later the tow truck came and then took mytrep to the shop up 3 miles back the other way to a shop i had not herd of but the tow driver said was good. then he drove me home.

then.... the next morning i called the shop and to find out they wanted 489.00 just to take the radiator out of the car then more to farm it out to a shop to repair it that would be another 100+ then they said an aditional 489.00 to reinstall it. then i said some thing in a nutshell of hahah and no thanks ill come get the car.

then i called my pal again to take me up to this shop to collect my car. we did and he asked them the price and was like damn you were right they were asking way way to much. i was like i told you so. he had not believed me. the dork. then i got slapped with a 41.00 dollar diagnostic fee which i thought wa BS since i never had said yes to looking at the car. any way we filled the car up and then kinda raced to my house. then it was only at 1/2 way to hot and i made it home and parked it then we kinda argued on what to do my pal wantd me to use the alumaseal from autozone which on a ocassion helps. but since i have heard that dodges have a overheating problem i thought the best thing was to just go ahead and replace the Radaitor.. then i got a nice price on it 167 for brand new with a life time warrenty to cool beans. so out the door with 181.00 then on to autozone for some anti freez which was an aditional 12.00+ so then arfter 3 hours of playing mechanic it was done. whew what a weekend. and dang what a unexpected repair and cost. :mad:
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Sorry to hear about that... but I'm glad you got it fixed for far cheaper than that one shop would have charged you.

I never had any overheating issues with my 95 Intrepid. I did have a small leak right next to the water pump and the tranny coolant lines leaked... but it never overheated.
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Count your blessings War....coulda been much worse if you hadn't gotten off the road quickly. $193 is way cheaper than a new engine....that's the way you gotta look at it I guess.
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Nicely handeled.
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Did you replace the thermostat at the time you put the new radiator in? If not, I would do it. I know it would suck because you just refilled the system but you really don't want to take any chances.
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Yeah, and make sure you bleed the system of air bubbles by opening the little port on top of the intake hose (where the thermostat is located) after the car starts to warm up. You should hear air escaping until you see fluid coming out - then close it tight.

My 'Trep overheated once because of air lock.
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ok ill replace the thermostat on the car also this weekend.

your right i should do that.
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My radiator just blew out causing the car to almost overheat a few times on my way home. I got a new radiator from for $98 plus shipping. The price was good but it took like a week to get here and the customer service was crap. I'm getting the rad installed today.
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dang thats a great price on that radiator geez. and i just picked mine up same day. but installing it was a #@[email protected]#$ even with my retired fathers help. lol but only took 3 hours.

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I have a 1996 intrepid which sometimes expells most of the water from the coolling system out through the overflow pipe whenever I turn off the engine. I have had a new radiator, thermostat (3) new water pump and had the system flushed number of times. still happening at random.

The engine does not over heat. or at least doesnt appear to. it doesnt happen all the time, and there is no visable leak of water from the radiator, pipes, or through the oil in the system. any advice would be helpful thanks.
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Did you use a Chrysler t-stat?I had a 91 Acclaim that repeatedly puked the coolant out until I installed a Mopar t-stat.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-29-2003, 11:22 AM
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Yeah, i would have changed the thermostat before dropping my wad on a new radiator. Of the 2 LH's i have had, both had thermostats go out. $5 and a tube of RVT and you're back on the road. Another thing to check is the water pump, especially if your motor hasn't had one done yet. Good job though if the problem's fixed.
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