Question about 2002 Dodge Stratus
My car is Dodge stratus R/T 2002 with 3.0 v engine.when I started the car yesterday I noticed the '' service engine soon '' light.so I checked all the fluid levels and everything seemed fine.but when I opened the antifreeze cap and started the car,I couldn't see the antifreeze moving and after a while when the car started to get hot,the antifreeze started coming out the cap.
I'm not sure what exactly could cause this to happen, and I wish somebody can help me fix this problem.
thank you !!
First the "service engine soon" light is a manufacturer installed reminder for you to get an oil change or other pre-determined maintenance service done. It is different than the "check engine" light which indicates a sensor malfunction. Secondly, when the engine is cold the thermostat is closed and the antifreeze or coolant is not circulating. The cooling system is a closed system and the tank that the cap is on is not an overflow tank but rather an expansion tank. This tank allows for the expanding coolant that is now hot to leave the engine coolant jackets, that won't expand, into a tank that can expand slightly. When your engine got to normal operating temp., aka.. hot, the thermostat opened allowing coolant to circulate and fill the expansion tank probably over flowing with the cap off. This is a normal operation for your car.
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
That's normal that anti-freeze comes out when the cap is off. As the anti-freeze starts getting hot it will over flow until the thermostat opens to let the anti-freeze start flowing. Nothing wrong at all. The light could be a lot of different things. If you have a auto zone parts store in your area they will check it for free. The light comes on automatically thou when the car reaches a certain millage on most cars to have you take it in and get a check up at the dealer.
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
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