why my car is overheating but has plenty of water?


Asked by Aug 23, 2013 at 02:58 PM about the 2001 Dodge Stratus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus, and it has been leakin water on the inside driver side for a while, and recantly started overheating. For a while i was just having to put water in it before i drove it anywhere and the faster i drove, it would cool down but at red lights would go back up. Then i noticed it was leaking on the outside too, about where the dash starts or so. Then one day it started to overheat and really hot steam started to come through all my vents, i pulled over and it had plenty of water but wasnt cooling down. what should i do?

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Sounds like you need to replace your heater core as that sprung a few leaks and replace the hoses too. It's located on the firewall and accessed usually from under the dash. I'm not sure on your car maybe someone else can comment.

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Ditto on what Tom stated, don't forget the thermostat, also make sure that your cooling fans in operational condition.

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And if you need to bleed the air out of the system do that too. An airbound system will appear full but won't cool properly. HTH. -Jim

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how much would the heater core cost to replace?

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