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My daughter has a 1996 intrepid. It was overheating, had head gaskets replaced, thermostat and water pump, took it out on the road and was ok and then just died. Is it possible it can be fixed. She has put so much into it and is not in a position to get another car.

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Take it back to who ever did the work. It's possible they forgot to hook something up or tighten something, or did something wrong. There is no way anyone can tell you if it can be fixed if you don't know the problem.

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