Question about 1997 Dodge Neon
I just bought a dodge neon 97, the fan dose not work on it and we hot wired it to work. i drove it home and the over flow was boling but the radeator was still cool to the touch. i just let it run till it got hot and it was not cerculating. i also have a problem with the break lights not working? can anyone help me
The radiator fan is controlled by a temperature-sensitive switch normally found near the bottom of the radiator.
Once temperature is reached, it should measure a short (using a meter) to ground since the 12 volts is normally applied to the fan and the other motor lead is grounded through the switch.
If no coolant is circulating after warmup, the thermostat has failed to open at the prescribed temperature which explains the cool radiator temp. If you try the heater, you will probably find that it heats like crazy since the heater in most cars gets coolant well before the thermostat opens and starts to divert coolant through the radiator.
I hope the previous owner did not drive the car very far with a bad thermostat and fan switch since an overheated motor is prone to blow headgaskets and warp the head.
You need to buy an aftermarket service manual from Haynes (better) or Chilton (just OK) soon.
The problem with your brake lights could come from several sources and to trace the wiring (if the fuse is not blown for them), you will need a diagram from one of the named manuals.
Posted on Sep 07, 2008
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