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Gas and Temperature gage sometimes does not work - 2002 dodge neo

I have a 1992 dodge neon and most times the gas Gage and Temperature gage does not work. I just strated happenning suddenly. Then when 1 work both works, if one stops the other also.

Also the other day while driving in the rain in bumper to bumper traffic, the car just started to run hot. I let it set for some thirty minutes then add some water. I ran in traffic again for approximately ten minutes then it ran hot again. I made i some somehow. The next day in dry weather after adding water i was able to drive in bumper to bumper traffic with no running hot.

What might be causing both problems?

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Seems like you might have a couple of problems. First the gas gauge, check your fuses to see if they are still good. Then check the wiring as you may have a short or a bad ground. Lastly if everything checks out then you may have faulty sensor in the gas pump housing in the gas tank, and or faulty temperature sending unit located on the motor. As for your your overheating issue you may have a head gasket leak which these little motors are prone to having, or just a general coolant leak. I deduced this because you're constantly having to refill with water. You have a leak somewher, but to narrow it down to your head gasket check your oil to see if it's got coolant in it. It will look like chocolate milk and may even smell like coolant. Also check your tailpipe with the car running in park and up to operating temp, if you see white smoke coming out the tailpipe that white smoke isn't smoke but water vapor, caused by water entering the combustion chamber from the leaking head gasket and exiting the exhaust. Also you may have a faulty fan switch on your radiator. This would cause your engine to heat up drastically in bumper to bumper traffic because when you're driving cool air is rushing through your radiator, and when you slow down and stop so does the air flow, and if your fan doesn't kick in your radiator isn't able to do it's job and cool the coolant. Hope this helps.

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