Question about 2000 Dodge Intrepid
I have a 2001 Doge Intrepid ES with a 2.7L engine. The thing started overheating the other day. I Had a pin hole in the overflow tank and replaced it, still overheating. I changed the Theremostat, still overheating, Both electric fans engage and run when engine starts to get hot. Radiator seems to be fine, no outward wear, big gaps or anything clogging it. Any other idea's? There is a bleeder valve (like the brake bleeder valve to let the air out of brake lines) on top of the front of the engine. I can't seem to brake this loose and all it does is turn in the plastic surrounding it. Don't know if that has anything to do with it or not?
That is a bleeder, but if you can't get it loose, just start engine with cap off & watch flow, and let air bleed out through top. I usually let coolant circulate through 2 or 3 cycles before I put cap back on. By cycles I mean, when cold, remove cap,start car, TURN HEATER ON, and let it run until it's up to running temperature, then pay attention to temperature gauge, and flow in radiator. When at normal running temperature, you'll eventually see the flow increase in your rad when thermostat opens, and shortly therafter your rad fan will probably start to cool the incoming coolant. Watch for bubbles when flow increases, which is the air bleeding out of the system. Let it do that about 3 times before you put cap on, then take it for a short drive, come back, shut it off and let it sit & cool down again. You may get coolant returning to bottle but that's normal. If your getting excessive or continuous bubbling from rad, it may be indicating a bad head gasket or head, but lets not go there yet.One other thing to try, is if you go for a drive and it starts to heat up, turn your heater on high heat & high fan setting, and see if gauge goes down. If that makes it run cooler, your probaly looking at a new rad.
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
Testimonial: "Information very helpful, ultimatly the engine overheated and died. Once again this chrysler 2.7 6 cyl engine lived up to its nickname! Sludge!"
I had just bought a 2001 dodge intrepid in feb. It started overheating, and i took it in and they said it was the thermostat, so they replaced that, then they said my head gaskets were bad, they replaced them. Then when that was done and put together, they told me that I might have a cracked block because there are combustible gasses going into my coolant lines, i still overheat and they won't check it out. What the hell is wrong with my car.
Posted on Mar 19, 2010
Mine after driving i used to get boiling water in the radiator bottle took it to the shop for cleaning the radiator and they told me that the radiator cap was all the problem i replaced the cap for a new one (5 bucks aprox) filled the radiator tank until right level and the problem was gone!!
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
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