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Takes a long time for heat to start working

It has been in the single digits in outside temperature. I have noticed that my temperature gauge has been reading at almost half and then my fan kicks in as if to cool the radiator down. I cannot get any heat while the car is just sitting there. But after driving about 10 minutes then I have heat.

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You need a new thermostat by the sounds of it, or the heater core is plugged.

Posted on Feb 08, 2014

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SOURCE: 95-97 dodge intrepid just shuts down after a while

My daughters car did the exact same thing. Lights and all. I replaced the pump twice and both relays (auto shut down and fuel pump relay). Very frustrating indeed.

The 1994 recall (see below) is right on! Right behind the engine block intake (the long aluminum block on top) is a tie rod that connects from the rack and pinion to the wheel. On top of the tie rod is a bundle of wires that are wrapped in cloth style tape, just resting on the rod. As the vehicle is driven, the steering rod will rub the wires (as the wheels are turned) thus causing a possible short. My daughters was. I used liquid tape, wrapped in tape and used zip ties to lift off the rod. I have driven it alot and have not had an incident yet!

FEB 08, 1994 | Recall ID# 12389 Hide Details
Recall Reason ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Recall Date FEB 08, 1994
Model Affected INTREPID
Potential Units Affected 110000

Recall Summary
THE RIGHT STEERING TIE ROD CAN RUB THROUGH THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WIRING HARNESS CAUSING A SHORT CIRCUIT WHICH RESULTS IN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM MALFUNCTIONS INCLUDING ENGINE STALLING AND AN INOPERATIVE PARK/STARTER INTERLOCK SYSTEM.

Consequence
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM MALFUNCTION CAUSING STALLING WHILE IN MOTION OR AN INOPERATIVE PARK/STARTER INTERLOCK SYSTEM, WHICH ALLOWS ENGINE START WHILE THE TRANSMISSION IS NOT IN THE PARK POSITION, MAY RESULT IN AN ACCIDENT.

Remedy (see above)
INSTALL A REVISED WIRING HARNESS BRACKET AND A PLASTIC CONVOLUTED SLEEVE TO PROTECT THE TRANSMISSION WIRING HARNESS.

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SOURCE: no visable leaking, always smell

If you smell coolant then there is a small leak, it is most likely the water pump shaft seal, look for stains, coolant leaves a white powder when it dries, look on the underside of the hood for any coolant stains from it been flung there by the spinning water pump. Also have a radiator pressure test run, good insurance aginst an engine overheat if leak worsens, engines are very expensive to repair if overheated badly.

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SOURCE: engine problems 1999 dodge neon sport 2.0 L 16 valve DOHC

I had the same problem. I replaced the temp sensor and used a 2 pair of wires to test the fans. The fans were worked. The problem was the wire connection to the control module.

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SOURCE: 1996 Plymouth Neon stalls on highway during hot weather

Those cars are bad about the cam sensors going bad wouldnt hurt to repalce as good maintenance.

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SOURCE: temperature gauge is fluctuating while driving.

I'm thinking the coolnat level is low, and this might be caused by a bad head gasket - At least $800 to fix - sorry.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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