98 dodge neon overheat / won't start

Asked by Jul 09, 2017 at 12:34 AM about the 1998 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Highline Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car broke down, and I need somebody
who knows about cars to tell me what they
think: is it worth a try to fix it?
All the water dumped out of my radiator on
the freeway and it was too late when I
realized it was super hot... it died.
Walked to get some water and when I
returned, my radio, battery, phone and tools
where stolen... people these days.
I got it towed and replaced the radiator that
was leaking, battery, thermostat and radiator
cap... still wouldn't start.
Removed the spark plugs and they were
wet/oily... shit.
Removed the valve cover and confirmed the
camshaft is moving (hopefully not seized)...
it shoots water out of the first spark plug
Pretty sure that's the head gasket? No water
in the dipstick, water in all plug holes
Also notice wet oil around back of oil pan /
Should water shoot out of all the holes if
there was oil on the plugs, or just the one?..
don't know...
What else should I look for if I begin this?
What else should I change, and is it worth it?
It's a 98 dodge neon and all the other parts
are practically new (radiator (a little too late
smh), starter, belts, timing belt, water pump,
sensors, spark plugs and catalytic
converter), so I would hate to junk it, but
can't afford to waste money on a list cause.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

1 Answer


If it got as hot as you stated you may have ruined the ring and blued the block, effectively ruining the engine, it is a 98 and a neon really not worth what you already put into it, you could cut your losses and sell it as is where is, or find a good used engine and put it in and then sell it, but it's not worth a new engine.

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