I wanna know what could be wrong with my car and how much could the fix be?

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Asked by Apr 03, 2013 at 04:53 AM about the 1998 Dodge Stratus 4 Dr ES Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 98 dodge stratus es will run idle
for up 30 mins without overheating
there is no smoke coming from my
tail pipe either. But when I drive it for
about 20 or so mins it overheats I
have been timing it lately it has been
driving 22 mins before it reaches the
top of my temp gauge, but when I run
it idle it goes over 30 mins and wont
past the halfway mark. I have also
notices wet spots under my car and
like small dot trails in the back what
could be wrong and how much could
the fix be?

1 Answer

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Are the wet spots antifreeze? Your water pump might be leaking and causing it to overheat, or it's antifreeze from the overflow tank. Check the thermostat, it might be sticking closed. Please don't continue to drive the car into the red temperature zone, you will do more damage to the engine if it continues to overheat. Warping the head or worse.

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