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Just recently like yesterday, my '04 intrepid began to overheat. When I looked to see about the antifreeze, there was in there. I don't know if there is a leak because this is the first time it has happened. I put antifreeze in there this morning, but when I got to work, there was none in there. I didn't use the entire container of antifreeze. Should I just put the rest of the antifreeze in there?

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  • swest1love Jan 12, 2009

    soon as we put antifreeze in the car it drains right out of the radiator. do i need a new radiator or is it just clogged and not able to circulate. please help

  • deez_dad Jan 15, 2009

    Hi I have a 97 Intrepid that intermittently over heats. The problem first started when I was on my way to work. It turned out that I needed to replace the water pump. After doing so, we also flushed the rad and the car drove fine for about 3 weeks. Then one day out of the blue, I noticed that the car was now again running hot but it did not overheat. The following week, it was about -30 and I accidentally forgot to plug the car in over the weekend. When I went to start it that Sunday, it was completely frozen. I needed a boost. Once I got the car running, I pulled it into the garage and let it warm up a bit. While the car began warming up, it immediately over heated again. So I then replaced the tstat and filled the car up with 50/50 pre-mix antifreeze. It then ran fine again for another 2 weeks. After those 2 weeks of 'perefct running' (lol) I drove just a short distance (like 5 minutes from my house) and the car instantly over heated AGAIN for the 3rd time now. I tested the tstat in boiling hot water to see if the tstat was working and yes, it was working fine. After about 50$ in antifreeze, I then again topped up the car and it ran fine for about another 2 weeks. Today, after no problems for the last bit, out of the blue the car started acting up. While I was driving (and the car was warm) for no reason at all the fans stopped blowing hot air and began blowing cold air. I turned off the heat completely, turned the knob to cold air, then back to hot air (without turning the fans on) turned on the fan and it began to blow hot air again. 5 minutes after that weird episode, the car instantly over heated and I was losing antifreeze yet again quickly. The rads fans were working when the car overheated. I filled the antifreeze up again but no leak, yet STILL overheating. I did manage after a long (and I mean long) ride, to make it home. I have now put the car in the garage, topped up the antifreeze (no leak), re-checked the tstat (which is working) and ran the car at high idle. For some reason the car is still running hot.

    I NEED HELP! lol The cost of antifreeze is putting a MASSIVE (lol) hole in my pockets. If you have any comments or suggestions, they would be 100% absolutely appreciated. You can email me @ deez_dad @ yahoo.com.

    Thanks for your time.



    Sincerely,

    Ryan

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I just had this problem with my car and when i changed the w pump it released all the antifreeze in the engin and hoses.it kept over heating for a while after it went on running for a week or two. but any ways to fix it there is a bleadervelve in the thermostat cover. its got air in it. they call it vaper lock it wont overheat till all the air in the hoses heat up some times takes a longer time than others. try it and get back to me. its real easy to blead the hoses but u half to do it while its hot but not over heating usualy about 5 minits after its started and the heat is on.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • thomas margeson jr Jan 31, 2009

    amanda put the rest of it in there and then let me know what happens but only fill it up to the full line maby a lil more



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Do you smell a sweet odor when inside or outside of the vehicle when the engine is running?
Do you see any green fluid on the ground where the car has been sitting?
Is there excessive white smoke coming out of the tail pipe when engine is cold and hot?
These are three first things a mechanic will at to do a proper diagnosis, but these you can do yourself. It is important to not let your engine overheat as this could cause serious engine damage. Keep us informed on what you find to the above questions. This way we can guide you further on fixing your problem correctly.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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    Paul Crane Jan 13, 2009

    Is it draining out of the radiator cap or somewhere else in the radiator?

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    Paul Crane Jan 18, 2009

    In response to Deez Dad problem. Sounds like a typical head gasket problem. It takes a while to over heat because the head gasket leak is not a big one. It will overheat because the cooling system will eventually get enough air in it. The best way to check for a leaky head gasket is to have a shop put an exhaust analyzer over the radiator cap opening. If senses exhaust fumes then you have a head gasket or cracked head problem. I seen the other day that "Bars Brand Sealer now has a sealer that they claim will seal a leaky head gasket. It wouldn't hurt to give it a try. I believe I seen it at Autozone. Note this was packaged differently than there usual radiator sealer. Here's a not so well known trick for engines like these that are hard to bleed out the air when refilling the radiator. Take the thermostat out and drill a 1/8" hole in the silver part of the thermostat as high as you can get it without it interferring with block (it must be able to let air pass through it). The purpose is that this acts as a vent and prevents trapped air form staying in the engine block area. Good luck with the sealer, let me know if it works or not so that I can pass on this information to others.

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