I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus. It has over 100,000 miles and keeps overheating. The mechanic told me I need a new valve cover gasket, but its not leaking oil its leaking antifreeze. I had the hose replaced, what else could be wrong?

Asked by Jun 25, 2014 at 05:28 PM about the 2001 Dodge Stratus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My dodge is leaking antifreeze and over heating every time I drive it.  The mechanic told me I have a blown valve cover gasket.  Does this sound right? He said it would cost more to fix than the car is worth.  Its does have>100,000 miles.  Any advise would be appreciated.

2 Answers

A blown valve cover gasket does not make a coolant leak. Timing being off or water pump can cause the engine to overheat, and cause coolant to come from overflow. Provided you checked all of your hoses, etc... Timing belt replacement and water pump should go conjunction with each other, also not a bad idea to change engine seals too while you're in there. This can be costly, it depends on the condition of the car whether it is worth it or not, at least you will no that is not an issue anymore.

Wanted to add that the valve cover gasket can cause a significant oil leak, and I would have whomever does the work to change it too. There are a few tricks to changing that without pulling everything apart. Oh and find another mechanic or mechanically inclined friend, the mechanic you talked to I wouldn't trust with a bicycle.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Dodge Stratus Questions

Dodge Stratus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,020
#2 Chris Daigle
Chris Daigle
Reputation 590
#3 curry22
curry22
Reputation 530
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chrysler Sebring
19 Great Deals out of 2,884 listings starting at $2,250
Used Dodge Avenger
105 Great Deals out of 4,550 listings starting at $2,199
Used Honda Accord
704 Great Deals out of 81,926 listings starting at $500
Used Chevrolet Impala
564 Great Deals out of 28,668 listings starting at $1,595
Used Toyota Camry
829 Great Deals out of 90,858 listings starting at $1,300
Used Nissan Altima
776 Great Deals out of 76,997 listings starting at $470
Used Ford Focus
526 Great Deals out of 55,030 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Civic
488 Great Deals out of 80,457 listings starting at $558
Used Dodge Neon
699 listings
Used Toyota Corolla
727 Great Deals out of 74,097 listings starting at $1,790
Used Nissan Sentra
453 Great Deals out of 53,204 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Taurus
203 Great Deals out of 19,187 listings starting at $500