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I recently had my intrepid overheat. I stepped on the gas and the rpms when to 7000 and then i let off of the gas. About 2 min later i noticed that the engine temp light came on and the engine temp guage was at the very top. This is the first time that i have experienced it overheating like this. I have done this before and there hasnt been any problems. I have 173322 miles on her, shes a 95 se. Would anyone know why it overheated this time. I dont push it that high very often. How long should i let it cool off. Oh and it was smoking when i turned it off.
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Sounds like a water pump, I hope you have about $500 laying around and no major need for the car before you have it fixed because you really should not drive it with a bad water pump cause if you do, your engine will seize and you'll have to get a whole new one.
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really? i looked under the hood and i saw some liquids (looked like they were pooling) im not sure if thats anything but i saw where the smoke was comming from. If you were standing infrot of the car looking at it, it was comming from the left front area below the filter. Somewhere around in there is where the smoke was comming from. Does that help at all?
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Better call over a mechanic friend or something and have him come look at it, or if you have some extra money laying around, have it towed to a service lot and have them look at it.
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Engines are NEVER as good as they were after overheating. The liquids you saw pooling were probably coolant. On my car, it got hot once and coolant went into the overflow reservoir, then spilled out of there and got all over the side of the car.

A cracked radiator or loose/bad radiator pressure cap will cause that kind of leaking too. Here's what I strongly recommend doing:

1. Water pump
2. Thermostat (important but cheap part)
3. Radiator cap (important but cheap part)
4. Have the radiator removed and "cored out" -- A shop can take it out and basically gut it and clean it like a fish. Or if its cheaper, just get a new radiator.

After all this, be sure to have your coolant flushed biannually or every 6,000 miles. Use 60% distilled water for summer, 40% for winter.

Downside is that all this will be somewhat expensive. On the plus side, its still cheaper than buying a new car or engine.

Good luck!

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ok my car overheated 3 times this summer already.. well in about 3 months..
1- i replaced the radiator cap
2- i replaced the thormostat.
3- sometime.. the antifreeze doesnt like get into the car.. cuz whern i turned the lug on the termostat.. air sarted coming out( well steam) not antifreze.. so i fugured the air might of formed some buuble inside soemwhere that didnt allow the antifreezeto reach its destination (but maybe its just me)
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in my car.. i hope it aint the waterpump.. just hope.. but good luck ith yours.. an i have a 96 3.5L.. so its kinda the same..
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yea we do have the same problem, i checked it out this afternoon and it was so stupid i dont even know if i should say it but the car was all out of anitfreeze. So it ended up costing me about $20 b/c it chugged down 3 gallons of it.
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check your oil...if it looks milky that is very very very very bad.

my 97 had the engine replaced after it had a water pump go and overheated
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I hate it when that happens.
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My 2000 ES overheated on me at least 4 times this summer. IT runs out that the top of the radiator wasn't secured in place. I guess there was supposed to be something plastic holding it in place but the pieces had broken off somehow. SO anyways...since the radiator wasn't being held in place, the upper radiator hose was getting pushed into a spinning metal pully. My mechanic couldn't figure this out, it took me asking my mom to look with me to find a small gash in the radiator hose. I'd gone through about 3 replacement radiator hoses before we finally figured it out. Finally I replaced the hose and zip tied the radiator in place and I have had zero problems since. Yay my mom!
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My dad is replacing the engine in his 97 Cirrus cuz of overheating....cracked cylinder wall. $5000.
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