shut down after overheated now will crank but wont start

Nikki Steffensmier

Asked by Sep 02, 2015 at 12:27 AM about the 1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a dodge neon and the people before my just changed the radiator.  it would over heat after driving it 5 miles at least.  I changed the thermostat and all that did was take and make it go a little further without over heating.  Seems the fans aren't working.  Also it overheated and shut its self down.  I will still crank but I cant get to start.  any suggestions on what to do would be awesome.  also I already changed the coil pack and crank position sensor.

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Sterling Grinnell

how hot did it get the last time?

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The previous owner may have put a stop leak product in the cooling system as a "Band-Aid" to fix the radiator until they could get it replaced. Try spraying some starting fluid down the throttle body and see if it'll run a few seconds on it. If it will, it's a fuel problem. If not it's an ignition (no spark) problem. Since it's been overheated a few times I'm guessing it's going to be an ignition problem. But let's find out for sure. Once you get it running again I'd recommend a cooling system flush with a chemical cleaner. HTH. -Jim


check compression, overheating can blow gasket.

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well like you said the "FANS" are not working that might be your problem.. another thing if you have been running this car like that for sometime you could have a crack block. look for leaks also fix the fans it won't run to long without them.

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