First off car got overheated b-4 I received it .I tried to dive it about 15 miles to get it to my parents house so i could work on it in dads shop.I alnost redlined and it cracked the radiator and I have oil in the water overfllow.There is also oil on the inside edge of the oil spout where you fill it with oil. But there is no water on dip stick . Blown head gasket or head ? Please help me Thank You Cowgirl
You did not blow a head gasket. The white under the oil cap is normal because it sits up so high. My GM dealer told me this. As far as the oil in your coolant..It is your oil cooler that has busted. This is a common problem on Cateras. It is located underneath the intake..between the heads. Easy to change once you get the intake off. And, your thermostat is under the intake also, so change it while you have it off. I have a 1998 Catera..Been there..done that.
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it sounds like the thermostat is sticking and i agree with the mechanic that that should cure the problem.If you still have plenty of fluid in the radiator that rules out a leak and if you had the timing belt replaced then the mechanic should have done the water pump along with the timing belt.So that leaves only one thing and that is the thermostat.
You probably need to change the thermostat in your vehicle; I found this answer in http://en.allexperts.com/q/Dodge-Repair-809/2000-Dodge-Intrepid-Thermostat.htm THERMOSTAT - 2.7L REMOVAL Disconnect negative cable from remote jumper terminal WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE PRESSURE CAP WITH THE SYSTEM HOT AND UNDER PRESSURE BECAUSE SERIOUS BURNS FROM COOLANT CAN OCCUR.
Drain cooling system. Remove accessory drive belt for removal of the generator. Raise vehicle on hoist. Remove generator attaching bolts. Set generator aside for ease of access to thermostat. Remove lower radiator and heater hoses from thermostat housing. Remove thermostat housing bolts Thermostat and Housing - 2.7L Engine Remove thermostat and housing. INSTALLATION Clean gasket sealing surfaces NOTE: Install thermostat with the bleed valve located at the 12 o'clock position.
Install thermostat and gasket into the thermostat housing. Install thermostat and housing to cylinder block. Tighten attaching bolts to 12 N·m (105 in. lbs.) Thermostat and Housing - 2.7L Engine Connect heater and lower radiator hoses. Install hose clamps. Install generator and attaching bolts. Lower vehicle. Install accessory drive belt. Refer to procedure outlined in this section. Refill cooling system. Refer to Cooling System Refilling. Connect negative cable to remote jumper terminal. good luck
Make sure the radiator is clear of debris
Try a different coolant. Stay away from the Red stuff
When changinging the thermostant go for a 180 or less. It sounds like your thermostat open when it really heats up. Get a lower thermostat.
Thermostat is faulty.
It can be found by grabbing the top radiator hose and following back to the engine. The housing this hose is clamped to is the thermostat housing. Remove the 2 bolts, and the cover o reveal the thermostat.
It should cost less than $20 for a thermostat and gasket.
Replace it and your overheating isues will go away.
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