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I just bought a farm fresh neon. It started right up after sitting for about a year. As it warmed up the top radiator hose was collapsing. now it seems fine but when I shut down i get water boiling in the resevoir after driving. It aslo stutters at speed and at times rpm does not drop when I push in on clutch. The car runs great, no smoke and is a hoot to drive even with 205k. I just washed out all the mouse and rat droppings under the hood and now it doesn't want to start. It was starting to stall a bit, but I figured that that was the crappy gas running through it. Any thoughts?

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    K, figured I got something wet so I got starter fluid...backfired and caught the air filter on fire. I not enjoying providing this much entertainment to the neighbors. This car was very fun to drive. Am hoping that this was not a very expensive day and a half of driving. The throttle body is very dirty. What did I do to **** this car off?



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Unfortunately, if your coolant overflow tank is bubbling, that generally means that the head gasket is blown. The air or boiling in your overflow tank is from the heat in the head that seeps into the water jackets forcing air bubbles into your cooling system. Good luck.


Posted on Oct 12, 2010

  • rgrhendricks Oct 12, 2010

    It is not bubbling when running or boiling over and out. which leads me to believe that its a boil out situation on the block. its not losing any coolant, heater works great, temp gauge heats up and stays at mid level when running.



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