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2000 intrepid with 2.7 -- overheads when going up

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?

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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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When I drive my dodge intrepid 2003 at a speed of 70 miles per hour the engine overheats. What type of maintenance or repair is needed?

try flushing the radiator and engine block, make sure the radiator is free from dirt etc.check oil and water levels after flushing, check engine oil see if its clean( ie not a thick dirty black color)if it is dirty you could also clean that as well with flushing oil then refill with new ,when filling radiator add the recomended amount of antifreeze as this also helps to run cooler.
Hope this helps the problem.

Jul 30, 2011 | 2003 Dodge Intrepid

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Hey guys i have a 2000 intrepid with a used engine just put in. at high rev the check engine light flickers then goes off. Took a trip to West Linn OR from Weiser ID, on the way back the check engine light...

In a word, NO- don't worry about the gel. There are 2 different kinds of "goop" that is sold for installing new plugs- one is to lubricate the spark plug threads, and the other (which I think you are calling the "gel") is to lubricate the boot and direct fire coilpacks. These are for making it easier to install and replace your plugs and coilpacks....nothing more.
The flickering check engine light is indicative of a misfire condition, which makes sense since your codes said the same thing. The most common cause for this is using a non-premium grade of gasoline or a gas with a high ethanol content (very common in the Mid-West) in a high compression engine such as yours. I had a 2001 Subaru with a high compression 3.0L 6 cylinder engine that did the exact same thing.... it ran fine, but a lower grade of gas would cause a "misfire" code. This is because lower grades of gas burn hotter and the piezo sensors in your engine are very sensitive- the explosion that takes place in a cylinder is much more pronounced with a lower grade gas to the sensor, even though it sounds fine to human ears.
Fill your car with permium, then go back to autozone and have them clear the codes. You will probably not have it happen again unless you go back to a lower gas grade.... and stay away from the Idaho Gasahol!

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Apr 07, 2011 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid that needs a new water pump. My mechanic quoted me over $1000 to fix it, and warned me that the engine will likely go bad soon because the water pump goes through the motor....

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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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Jan 17, 2011 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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I would like to flush out my cooling system on my 2000 intrepid but i do not see a drain plug on the radiator how do i flush it.

Just simply remove the lower radiator hose and drain the system. Make sure you replace the thermostat and fill it up with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. Then bleed all air from the system.

Aug 26, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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Overheating/Loss of power

Unless water pump bearing is loose or noisy or the pump is leaking, that's not your problem. Have the system flushed. Thermostat is also likely not the problem but with repeated overheats or near-overheats it will become unreliable so change it as a precaution.

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02 intrepid ticking

Most dodge motors have adjusters on the rockers for taking up slack in the valve-train. when these get worn or plugged by dirt they turn the valves from soft hydraulic to hard ticking due to a space between the lifter and the valve. If this is an overhead cam with roller lifters then these have become worn or fouled.

Sep 30, 2008 | 2002 Dodge Intrepid

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Waterpump removal my 2000 dodge intrepid wants to overheats when idling but is fine when driving

The chances that the waterpump is the problem is slim. A water pump is a simple system, with one moving part. It only goes out when the seal is worn and starts to leak.

I would look closer at the thermostat (1st) and possibly a radiator problem (2nd).

Maybe even a coolant system flush would solve your problem.

I would start with the therm. the the flush and last a radiato replacement.

Aug 10, 2008 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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Very weiird, if the water pump faulty. She should have HOWLED by now!

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