If I understand this right, there were 2 original problems. 1-no heat, 2- engine not warming up. Now the new problem is overheating, correct? Overheating is usually a function of poor circulation or poor heat transfer, assuming the coolant level is at proper point. 1) Sticking thermostat - if open, no heat and poor engine warmup. if closed, no flow and overheating. 2) Radiator fins degrading and beginning to rust/corrode or come apart. This will compromise the rads ability to do heat transfer and the result will be overheating. Copper rads are famous for this, aluminum less so. 3) If the impeller on the water pump has become worn down, it will be less and less efficient at moving the coolant around in the motor. This will usually give overheating. 4) Last item is big problem - if there is a leak at a head gasket allowing combustion pressure to leak into the cooling system - this will cause overheating problems. Note: No heat if all else is good usually means a plugged heater core. Also, watch out for a slight drop in the coolant level in the rad tank as the pick off point for heater hoses can end up below this level and suddenly you have no flow thru the heater core.
Water pump defective.
Has the rad ever been flushed? Try that if there is no indication of water pump failure (leaking or venting coolant from pump.)
It could be a clogged radiator or cracked head or bad head gasket.
Have flushed complete cooling system replaced water pump radiator thermostat clutch fan added 2gal straight anti freeze then filled to capacity with water and truck is still over heating. What else could possibly be wrong
Either the water pump impeller is loose on it's shaft, or you have a leaking head gasket.
1997 DODGE STRATUS HAS A BAD ENGINE BLOCK. 85 % OF THE 1995-1998 STRATUS' HAVE BAD ENGINES. AS A RESULT, THE OTHER PROBLEMS SURFACE.
Check the water pump
If it has electric fans, make sure they are coming on when it get's hot. If not, then check the fuses and relays for them and power to the fans. Might just be a relay for the fans.
could be the water pump That is a typical symptom of an air lock in the cooling system
is your car equipped with a coolant overflow bottle replace thermostat have radd removed flushed and rodded
Bad thermostat maybe?
Low coolant? System air bound? Hoses collapsing under pressure? Water pump not circulating coolant?
Hi there, if you have flushed any engine and have changed thermostate there are only two options that are left; (providing that there are no leaks) 1. the thermostat is faulty / 2. your water pump is broken and needs to be replaced
If your radiator isnt leaking and car is having a over heating problem and coolant spewing out. Chances are your thermostat needs replaced. possible the radiator needs to be flushed. But more likley its thermostat
check the fan clutch
Could be your electric fan on the radiator is shot, or the relay is bad.
A tune up usually solves the problem. We've had the same problems with a Chevy Suburban and a Ford Taurus. The spark plugs were replaced, some stock parts in the Ford were also replaced, but ultimately certain parts in the engine needed to be flushed and cleaned. Also, the vehicle may be overheating. Check the radiator / Cooling system is working properly.
There could be many reasons. Not enough coolant or bad flow, faulty thermostat, low oil. If the coolant freezes then it will overheat. If your car continues to overheat then you should have the coolant flushed and thermostat replaced.
you must be a wierdo.stupid.
Check your electric cooling fan
Test gauge function with a mechanical gauge to get actual engine temp.
3 weeks ago you found the upper radiator hose almost completely squeezed in on itself so you replaced the thermostat and upper hose!Also, the cooling system has been flushed and refilled and the cap has been replaced! Could be a partially plugged radiator. Flushing will not always take care of this. I would check the thermostat in a pot of water and thermometer prior to install. I have installed faulty new thermostats. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. thermostat in upside down ? spring should be in the block dying fuel pump
How did you change the thermostat?
you might want to check for a blown head gasket or a cracked head or block. espically if it loosing water out of the radiator with out leaking on the ground.
cooling system needs flushed out and a new thermostat installed, also if the radiator is still original it probably needs replaced or rodded out.