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Car overheating - water, oil and coolant levels fine

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  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    Could this be the thermostate? I''ve had it running for 10 mins and added coolant. It is sitting halfway on the temperature dial. turned car off and waiting for it to cool. then will try again

  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    Last time serviced abut 9 months ago

  • Gina Brooks Feb 22, 2012

    have you checked the thermostat?

  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    Would I know if I blew the head gasget

  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    No - I don't know where or how to.

  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    But it just happened this morning

  • siincity
    siincity Feb 22, 2012

    Just did a test drive and the temp gauge is just under halfway so looks like the thermostat - *******

  • yadayada
    yadayada Feb 22, 2012

    Why would you think the thermostat is bad??

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It sounds like your thermostat has gone bad and sticking close, Replace the Thermostat and Antifreeze. When replacing the thermostat, buy a fail safe thermostat so you will not have a overheating problem when the thermostat fails. Good luck and hope this helps. Keep me posted, be glad to help.

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SOURCE: 1997 dodge neon. replaced coolant temperature

1997 Plymouth Neon, have replaced radiator, radiation cap, thermostate and hoses, still run hot. Fans do not seem to come on, where is the temperature sensor on this vehicle?

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Thermostat, water pump, plugged radiator, blown head gasket? I tinker with autos, but on a very basic level.

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