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Overheated I have a 2004 Dodge Intrepid,it overheated but my gauge did not show it and when we stopped and looked under the hood a part came off in my husbands hand. the part was off the front/ top of the engine where a hose goes into the radiator. the part was about 3-3 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches wide with like a pressure cooker top on it but without a cover. Do you get what I mean?

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  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    yes.. pretty much... was there a wire attached to it... and did antifreeze come out when that part broke off ?



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The part that broke off is the cooling system purging valve housing. I had the same problem. Apparently, these engines' cooling system must be purged whenever you allow ANY air in, for example, if you let it run out of water due to a leak, or you make any sort of repairs on the cooling system where you had to drain the coolant. Basically, if there is ANY air in the cooling system it will turn into a steam chamber creating too much pressure. Did you have a hose, radiator, thermostat or coupling changed recently? Be sure to purge the system and you will solve the "pressure cooker" issue. Good luck.

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