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1999 Dodge Stratus

I also need repair info for a 1999 Dodge Stratus. Recently when I drove the car the temperature goes up in 3 to 5 minutes. So when I took it to Mieneke they told me that the Water pump is leaking and needs to be replaced. Does that sound right? And how much would a repair like that cost. The car has 141,000 miles on it.

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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.

If the water pump DOES need replacing, then it'll be leaking out of the front indicating it's wore out. So yes, replace it. 140k miles is plenty out of a water pump.

Other than that, there can be a multitude of problems. So please describe any other symptoms.

If the water pump is leaking, just be sure to keep at least water in the system until it's repaired, and that'll at least help it keep from overheating. I'd buy a few gallons of water to keep.

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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