Question about 1999 Dodge Neon
I own a 1996 Dodge Neon, it has 176,000 miles on it and it runs like a top. A month ago the water pump went out, I changed it and the timing belt. 700 miles latter it began overheating. I changed the thermostat, the radiator cap, and made sure it was topped off with fluid. I checked the oil, and there is no water in it, or "milkshake" as I have heard it referred too. The cooling fan kicks on when it gets to operating temp, and the cooling fan turns on and stays on when the AC is on. No check engine light either. I am stumped. Any suggestions??
Hold throttle open to a normal highway RPM in the driveway and observe rad hoses for collapsing. Do your run up the road & see what rpm your at when gauge starts to move toward hot, then use that rpm, in driveway . You did run that engine for quite a while with rad cap off when you refilled coolant, with heater on correct?
Posted on May 20, 2009
If the car runs good, and as long as you're keeping up with your regular oil changes, using the correct fluids (coolant, oil, fuel, etc), all coolant hoses are fresh, no leaks or excessive corrosion/contamination, and you followed all procedures correctly, then I suppose it could be the coolant temp sensor or related wiring/ connections. Normally this would trigger the cel (check engine light)...does it come on periodically when you turn the key on? Unfortunately, there are some dirty dealers out there who will tamper with this light (ex:remove the bulb) b4 selling. Have it scanned anyhow. If the check engine light works at startup/no codes, double check the thermostat. Did you flush the system b4 installing the water pump? Otherwise there may be some kind of blockage (or air) in the coolant passages. Don't get frustrated, and diagnose the ****** one step at a time. Good luck, hope this helps!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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