Question about 2001 Dodge Stratus
What would cause this.
Hi Brenda,first check the thermostat,could be not opening all the way,or your water pump is bad and not circulating to keep engine cool.You can do more looking,go to wear water pump is and see if you see coolant any where or leaks on pavement below while parked.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The stop leak most like caused the thermostat to stick closed and caused the over heating which may have blown a head or intake gasket. Have the oil analyzed to see if there is coolant present and if there is you will need to determine which gasket needs replaced. On newer vehicles it's no small job to replace a head or intake gasket os special tools are required.
Posted on Mar 05, 2011
From your description it sounds like your ECU is believing you are at Wide Open Throttle (WOT) when conditions are to the contrary.
MAP sensor is a good place to start, but their failure rate is seldom, Id be more apt to look at the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), and while you are at it take a look at the throttle stop and AIS motor/sensor too.
When you open and close the throttle from the throttle body is there hesitation, does it open/close all the way, etc? If you answered "yes" to any of those, look at your throttle stop and kick down (if automatic)
I'd Check the injector too while I'm at it. Does it pulse constantly? There may be a ground issue. or a problem with the ECU.
Another place to look: On the smaller engines with TBIs the male connector cable likes to rock in out of the receptacle. make sure it's tight.
Hope this helps
Posted on Apr 01, 2010
SOURCE: overheated when I drove up
Usually this is caused by a faulty water pump. Try replacing the drive belt first & see if that cures it. If not do a flush and fill replacing the thermostat at the same time. Cheap maintenance and should be done every 50k miles.
Posted on Jan 27, 2011
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