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I have a 1997 Dodge Neon. My check engine light has been on for a while and I have a small oil leak. Last night I was driving the car and the temperature gauge went all the way to high and the bell sounded. I saw no water leaking but it started smoking. I am not sure what this could be but I noticed the fans are working.

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    I have a 1998 dodge stratus and the check engine light blinks and it stalls

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The 1995-1999 Neons are notorious for having faulty head gaskets. This sounds like what you're experiencing. There is coolant leaking internally somewhere, and burning in the engine.

By any chance, is the smoke coming from the back or side of the driver's side of the engine? This seems to be the trouble spot.

If you've been driving with a bad head gasket seal for a while, there's a chance you could have warped or even cracked the head. I would recommend taking it in because this is a pretty major repair... unless you feel like taking the engine apart yourself.

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  • J.T. Pickering Jan 06, 2009

    And one more point I forgot to mention. You can check what exactly your Check Engine Light is coming on for. Do the following:

    Put the key in and turn it on-off-on-off-on within 5 seconds. And by 'on,' I mean just to the point where the radio and accessories come on, you don't need to start the engine. When you do this, you should see your check engine light start blinking. Get a pen and paper ready beforehand and count the blinks. It uses 2-digit codes with pauses between numbers. So for example, if you see blink-blink-blink-pause-blink-blink-blink, it's a code 33.

    You can then check out what that code actually means by downloading this Word document:

    http://img.neons.org/archives/96-99OBDII...


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