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Caravan overheating- what should I check out next?

My 2001 dodge caravan overheats. Replaced the thermostat and had system flushed, but still overheated. Then realized the fan was not coming on, checked the fuse and it was okay: now am suspecting the relay but don't even know where that ****** is> wondering if this should be my next plan of action

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    Jeff Hammack May 11, 2010

    the relay is a reasonable expectation, you should also check to see if the fan runs with direct power applied to it, also check the thermo switch that activates the fan, let me know..

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Does the fan come on when the ac is on? if so the fan is most likely ok, the problem on this car is most likely the cylinder head gasket is leaking.

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What might the issue be with my 2002 dodge caravan overheating?


Hi, No you did not break anything. It just happened by coinsident.
You need to replace the thermostat and put new fluid in. Not just water. If it happens again do a radiator flush and check if fan is working properly. Good luck.

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Sure, have your system pressure checked. Worst case scenario, thermostat could be installed upside down or a bad head gasket. Also check for water in the oil or oil in the water. If you don't know how to do this ask at your local parts store.

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My 06 caravan is overheating. I think something is causing my rad fan fuse to blow. Fluids and thermostat are good. What can it be?


Hello and welcome to FixYa!


If you have overheating problem, it can lead to multiple issues. You may be running on low coolant that's why the vehicle overheats. If that's the case, please add coolant and make sure that it sits on the right level, too much coolant can cause overheating too for coolant will overflow.


The vehicle may have a faulty or worn out radiator blower motor that's why it overheats. If that's the case then you will need a blower motor replacement to resolve the issue.


If the radiator is clogged with dirt and rusts this issue occurs too. The coolant doesn't flow normally on the cooling system if it's clogged. If that's the case, I strongly suggest that you have the radiator flushed to drain out dirt and rusts. If you think that the radiator served you enough then it's better to have it replaced.


Please do check the radiator hoses, If you have worn out hoses it can cause coolant leakage which can result to overheating. A tiny hole is good enough for the vehicle to overheat.


A faulty thermostat sensor can cause the issue too. If you have worn out thermostat, the fan may not trigger that's why the fan won't work when under stressed conditions. A blown radiator blower fuse can cause this issue too so I suggest that you check the radiator blower fuse and replace it when necessary.


Hope you find this information helpful enough and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

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Its overheating i changed the thermostat but it still overheats its not leaking only from the overflow it will drive for about 1/4 mile and overheat i tried to and water while it was running but it still...


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98 dodge caravan overheating...heater works..checked fans they came on later but when I drove it after it cooled down and it overheated...check engine lite came on.


About the only things are the thermostat and the water pump.There could be something with the radiator but that is the rarest because the water shoots straight through.If it overheats fairly rapid,it's most likely the thermostat.Sometimes a water pump will let you go 20-30 miles before overheat.The thermostat is cheaper and easier if you're going to try it systematically.Overheat will probably cause the check engine light too.Good luck! Greg

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Change your thermostat before it sticks closed completely. Sticky thermostat is usually the cause.
Another possibility is that your radiator fan temperature switch is going bad. This is usually located next to the upper radiator hose at the gooseneck on your engine where the thermostat is located.

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a bad heater core will just leak. it could leak alot. do you ever smell antifreeze? check the coolant level. it can get pretty low before it will overheat. the thermostat should be ok but there could be corrosion. when you had the water pump replaced was the cooling system flushed? 2001, its probably due for a flush. what coolant does it take? (green or orange)

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