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Need help the car gets hot at times and not others a 1994 dodge shadow 2.5 liter 4 cly.

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Most likely it is the thermostat.

check your coolant and oil. if the coolant is chunky (this can happen if it's been in there a very long time) try draining it and flushing it. obviously replace the oil if it's dirty/low. these cars do have some minor problems with leaking valve cover gaskets.

if your coolant is extremely low compared to where you last left it check for leaks. cranking the heat up to high and blasting the fans will usually help you spot them.

if all of these things are fine try replacing the thermostat, they're about $4-12 depending which one you get and very easy to replace. don't forget the gasket for it. the old one's probably melted if it's been in there a while.

****note: any time the coolant is emptied/ replaced you need to bleed the block or it will continue to overheat. it's bolt above where you install the thermostat and where the coolant goes in and out of the block. it uses an allen wrench and can be hard to unstick without a torque wrench allen. be sure to leave it open until coolant starts to leak out, and not to cross thread when retightening.****

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