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2002 Dodge Stratus Problems

There were a few problems here. I live in Cincinnati and recently within the past week there was a cold spell reaching as low as 6 degrees for a few days. Almost immediately following that, the heater in my car just completely stopped working, and then a day later while driving, the engine thermostat shot all the way up to the top and when I parked the car it was smoking a bit from the hood. what could my problems be here? thanks

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  • jbionic2000 Apr 09, 2009

    Same thing happened to me. I got the vehicle pulled over quickly and shut down. It ended up being the water pump. The real **** deal is that the design that Dodge has for the 2.7 litre V6 is an internal water pump. Because of this it pretty much screwed up the entire engine. I had antifreeze in the oil, and in the belt drive cover. To much work to do on a 115000 mile dodge stratus.

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Low coolant/antifreeze level, bad thermostat, bad temperature sensor. Do you mean the temperature guage shot all the way up ? I don't think you know when the thermostat is bad by looking at a guage. You can make a skilled guess.

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It could be a stuck thermostat or a bad water pump causing the problem. if the thermostat isnt opening all the way you wont get any heat and the ar can and will overheatcausing the problems you describe.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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