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I have a 97 dodge intrepid and its overheating and smoking and makes a noise and then all antifreeze leaks out and i took the old thermostat out and put new one and it worked for a month and then overheating, it mostly overheats when my car is stopped like at stop and go lights or drive thru

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Definetly a sign of cracked head or or needing a gasket in the head. Also emissions do this also. Check your oil, and water, if your oil has bubbles, its the head, if not basically the emissions. Check the water with a flashlight see if a chocolate milk color, if so. Definetly the head. Good luck

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Since the car ran well for a month after you put the new thermostat, I would say that you have a leak somewhere. Look under the car every time you park, and keep filling the coolant. It is possible that you have a more serious problem, but until you figure out what it is, this may keep you on the road. Check the fluid level every day. Tell us what happens. Also make sure your oil is not milky and there is no oil in the radiator - if this happens, you have serious problems.

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