Question about 2000 Dodge Intrepid
2000 intrepid with 2.7 -- overheats when going up grades by flagstaff az. engine was flushed out and new thermostat put in. both fans are working -- what can cause heating problem when engine starts to pull on uphill grade?
May have a restrictive radiator, leaking head gaskets can also cause overheating under loads. have your radiator flow checked and your engine block tested for leaking head gaskets
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you must have the 2.7 liter engine if so the weep hole for the water pump is inside the engine and yes the water pump goes out and leaks anti freeze and water into engine causing it to sludge up. depending on how long you ran engine with water in it depends on how long engine will last. if not long you should be ok. i would remove the oil pan and clean the oil pump screen and pan. the estimate is correct. the water pump is in line with the timing chain. i would replace the chain and guides while in there as well. flush engine after all is done. use the cheap oil to run engine and add flush then drain and add synthetic oil for high mileage engine. I own one and i had the same problem. i drilled through the timing plate a hole and braised a little pipe to the weep hole to water pump so for the next time the pump leaks it will leak outside of the engine.
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