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Overheating 2002 dodge intrepid

I just got the car, drove it for about 45 min. It itled for about 30 min before I drove it with no problem. All of a sudden it got super hot. With my own knowledge of vehicles, my boyfriend and I are almost positive it is the thermostat. You can watch the temp gauge go up and down, up and down, then after a certain point it just goes up. The radiator is clean, no leaks anywhere to the best of our knowledge. I just found your site so i thought I would ask a pro before i spend a few hundred dollars to have it fixed. any help to confirm it is the thermostat would be appriciated.

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  • miller_m_rac May 16, 2009

    It is the 3.7 I beleive. The fans are working and there is no smoke or water or oil coming out of the tail pipe. I just got it back from the garage yesterday only for them to tell me what I already know, "Yep it overheats." Well no ____!. Its unfortunate that I had to pay towing and a mechanic total170 dollars to tell me that. It doesnt spit and sputter, infact if it didnt overheat, it would run absolutley perfect, which is why I got it. We now that it is very involved to check they system, thats why I wanted to take it to a mechanic. I guess I just have to find one who REALLY knows what their doing.

  • miller_m_rac May 16, 2009

    I do appriciate the info though. It sounds to me like you have confirmed for me that it is the thermostat, or something to do with the thermostat.

  • miller_m_rac May 18, 2009

    Thanks again. the car is back at the place that I got it from. Thankfully the people are really nice. Unfortunately it was a buy here pay here with financing, (I got financed) for different vehicle altogether in the beginning. They are trying to work with me to get me something, but there's not much more that they can do. It just sucks not having transportation, especially when you have to comute 30 miles one way to work with 2 people working in opposite directions and one vehicle to do it in.

  • Robert Debison May 11, 2010

    are they going to fix it for you?i hope you get fixed up..thanks for getting back to me

  • Robert Debison May 11, 2010

    make sure whoever works on your car that they check for debris behind thermostat (passage in block)and thoroughly bleed air from system..also make sure a/c condenser in front of rad is not blocked with dirt or debris

  • Robert Debison May 11, 2010

    possible casting/machining debris from block lodged at coolant passage at thermostat..not letting coolant temp open the thermostat..with engine warm,if lower hose is cooler than upper,this may be your problem..thermostat replacement on these engines is a lot of work..passage behind thermostat may be blocked..have you had system pressure checked?is car running ok?any white smoke out exhaust?

  • Robert Debison May 11, 2010

    what size engine?are cooling fans working?



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I currently am having the same issue. I have traced the issue back to the fans. The fans would not kick on so i let it run to almost overheating temperature, and checked the fans.... nothing was working. I slammed the hood to test a wild hair idea that one of the wires or the fans wasnt getting power. When i slammed the hood, The fans kicked on and the temp. dropped. So now its on to wire chasing.

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Did you bleed the cooling system after refilling the radiator ? to bleed the system, fill the radiator with water and coolant. Run the engine until it is at a good temperature. Then turn off the engine and look for a bleeding screw at the oulet of the thermostat housing and turn it with a screwdriver counterclock wise. The trapped air will go out and coolant will start coming out. refill the radiator and repeat until only coolant comes out and no careful not to burn yourself.

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I have a 2004 4.7 dodge ram that the coolant gauge goes to 3/4 when towing my bass boat in the afternoons on hot days,I had the water pump replaced because it was wobbling at the pulley,covered under 7/70 power train.Acouple of weeks later towing again had the same problem,the turn on the heater and all is well after 2 to 3 minutes,replaced thermostat and saved and re-used coolant dealer put in and problem still there.At this point I contacted the techs at the dealer and talked with them and we all agreed radiator.Removed the radiator and took to rad shop and had it checked,found radiator plugging up,Now as to why.The antifreeze that chrysler uses is a HOAT type antifreeze,hybrid organic acid technology,with silicates and friction modifiers,this antifreeze CANNOT BE USED WITH TAP WATER OR WELL WATER OF ANY KIND,as it states in the owners manual.Only 1 dealer in this area apparently knows this but this is not the dealer that i took it to.The silicates in this antifreeze when mixed with the wrong water type will seperate and and become heavier and then start to gel and plug the passages in the radiator.This truck only has 46,443 miles on it and mostly used just to tow the boat.Hope this helps everyone else with this problem.Will be contacting Chrysler about this and the improper repairs that are being performed at their dealerships.Lester

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