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Overheating while car is not moving for 25 minutes

My 2000 dodge caravan is overheating when i drive its fine but when i stop for more than 20 minutes it starts to overheat .

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Sounds like your fan is not working. Moving provides the airflow rgough the radiator needed for cooling.. Over 35 miles per hour, the fan looses its role in the cooling systemto the forced air caused by your speed. Have your fan function ck'd Good luck.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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Your coolant may be low. 20 minutes is a long time to leave it running unless your in a cold climate, then I can understand..

You may have a fan issue either with the fan relay or the fan itself. The fan should turn on at about 220-225 degrees. If its over heating and the fan is off try turning tha AC on. This will turn the fan on,, if the fan works. If still not on then you may have anything from a bad fan relay to a bad fan to maybe a probelm with the computer or just an open wire (broken). The fan realy is in the fuse box under the hood. Try swapping it with the horn one or something thats the same, Just not the fuel pump. If the relay is the problem the problem will follow it.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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