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My 1999 dodge stratus had a leaking water pump ,& started loosing more & more antifreeze but i was trying to keep as much as i could keep in it to keep it from over heating, but the other nig

1999 dodge stratus 2.4 engine, 4 door

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I'll answer your other question first - there is no fuel pump shut-off switch on a Dodge.
Yes you may have blown the engine. It may now have a blown head gasket, or a broken timing belt, or various other things.
Someone will need to check compression next, and the condition of the timing belt.
I should tell you the water pump is driven by the timing belt, so if the pump failed, it probably took the timing belt with it.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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SOURCE: Dodge stratus R/T 2002 antifreeze problem(antifreeze coming out the cap)

First the "service engine soon" light is a manufacturer installed reminder for you to get an oil change or other pre-determined maintenance service done. It is different than the "check engine" light which indicates a sensor malfunction. Secondly, when the engine is cold the thermostat is closed and the antifreeze or coolant is not circulating. The cooling system is a closed system and the tank that the cap is on is not an overflow tank but rather an expansion tank. This tank allows for the expanding coolant that is now hot to leave the engine coolant jackets, that won't expand, into a tank that can expand slightly. When your engine got to normal operating temp., aka.. hot, the thermostat opened allowing coolant to circulate and fill the expansion tank probably over flowing with the cap off. This is a normal operation for your car.

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SOURCE: heater is blowing cold air 1999 dodge stratus

A heater blowing cold air can be a few things. have all of these things check for proper operation to find the source of the problem.
1. Coolant level
2. Thermostat
3. Water Pump
4. Heater control valve
5. Make sure that the heater control doors are closing when you switch from hot to cold.
6.Last but not least if the climatic controls are electric it maybe at fault.
Good Luck

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Did you have your heater running when you refilled coolant after water pump changed?

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SOURCE: How to replace a water pump on a 1999 dodge

so i just replaced my water pump today on the same car, mine is a 5.9 magnum. I drained the whole system before i started working on it, next you have to take off the fan, if you look on the inner side of the fan there is a big nut there, in order to loosen that i put to bolts into the holes on the water pump pulley and used a thin screwdriver for leverage, while putting pressure on that, i loosened the nut, be careful not to slip cuz those fan blades are dangerous. but once you have removed that nut from the pulley take out the four bolts holding on the housing, pull the fan and the housing out at the same time. next remove the belt, after that is done, disconnect the hoses from the water pump, there are three, one on each side and one on top. there are a total of eight bolts holding the pump on, keep track of them because they are different sizes. But that is how i removed mine. It was all farely simple i am a girl and i managed to do it so i think you should be fine. Hope it works for you becuase it didnt work for me, i now think that it is my head leaking, if you know anything about that let me know.

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SOURCE: 1995 dodge dakota antifreeze leak

Check out your freeze plugs. They are thin metal cups that press fit into the side of the block. Use a mirror and a light to inspect while the engine is running.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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If by "temp goes up in 3 to 5 minutes" you mean that's it overheating, then you have a problem.

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Just make sure you DO NOT let your car stay outside if it drops below freezing and you only have water in it. You'll bust something important for sure.


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