Question about 2004 Dodge Stratus
There is a half metal half plastic housing on top of engine that is leaking coolant where the two materials meet. Connected to this is a radiator hose, a heater hose and a temp sensor. What is this part called and any idea what it cost? Thanks, Ryan
There is a temporary fix for this until you can get it replaced, you will need 4 washers wide enough to fit around the lip of the upper half. Remove the 4 bolts holding the outlet and place the washers on the bolts and tighten down lightly enough to prevent leakage, this will fix it on a temp bases only until it can properly be repaired.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
This part is not servicable. Replace only. $102.00 at local dealership.
Posted on Dec 08, 2008
This is the upper intake manifold, also known as the plenum. Cost is around $400, try and find a used one or just try to fix this one with JB Weld epoxy
Posted on Oct 08, 2008
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Follow the lower radiator hose to where it meets the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing is where the opposite end of the lower radiator hose mounts to the engine.
Drain enough coolant from radiator until it is below the thermostat. Failure to do this will result in your antifreeze leaking out onto the ground.
Loosen clamp and remove radiator hose from thermostat housing. Some antifreeze will leak out, so have some rags available.
Remove the bolts holding the thermostat housing on and pull the housing from the engine. The gasket might make it a little difficult, so do not be afraid to pull hard. Do not strike it with any tools as you can crack it.
Remove the old thermostat and note its alignment.
Place a rag in the thermostat's mounting hole so no gasket material can enter the engine and then scrape the gasket from the housing and the engine.
Install the new thermostat in same position as old one.
Reinstall the housing and tighten down bolts snugly. Torque them with your torque wrench to 10 ft.-lbs. Make sure you do not over-tighten them.
Reinstall the radiator hose to thermostat housing and tighten the clamp.
Refill the radiator with coolant and start the engine, allowing it to reach normal operating temperature.
Check for any leaks at hose connection and thermostat housing. You can tighten them as necessary to stop any leaks.
Stop the engine and allow it to cool down completely then check the coolant level. Add coolant as required.
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