Question about 1985 Plymouth Reliant
This car overheats, we discovered that the electric fan doesn't kick on so we bought a sensor, now we can't find where the sensor is located.. this is the one to tell the electric fan motor to turn on.
Last week, we drove it for about 11 miles and when we got home, I felt the radiator cap, which was cold, I then loosened the cap........big mistake. Now I have 2nd degree burns on my hand and torso. Why would the cap be cold? Right as I turned the cap, I heard the water come out of the engine and return to the radiator, just as I loosened it and you can imagine what happened next. Anyway, we need to figure this out. Also the gauge doesn't register hot and when we took the thermostat out, the rubber seal seems loose, could that be part of the problem?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Had the same problem with a Neon same age as yours. Mine started after driving through a large snow storm that packed snow under the hood. Turned out there is a relay or sensor for the fan that had to be replaced. Once this was done the problem was fixed.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
He's givin you the truth and nothing but the truth those are all symptoms of a blown head gasket wich is usually a pretty pricey job. I guess you need a final price and then weigh out whether its more economical for you to save it or replace it. It Happens Good luck.
p.s If you keep it make sure the entire cooling system is flushed to prevent further problems
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
With the engine cold & the radiator full remove the radiator cap and start the engine. Let the engine reach operating temperature which will open the thermostat. When it opens the water in the radiator will start circulating if the pump & thermostat are operating properly. If all is ok replace the cap and turn the temperature lever on the heater to hot If you still have no heat check the heater valve on the engine firewall. Open it manually and see if you have heat. If yes check the cable from the velve to the temperature lever.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
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