Low coolant/anti-freeze could be an issue.If there's a squeaking noise, it could be the bearings in the water pump. The serpentine drive belt could be loose or worn,causing the water pump pulley to not spin as fast as it should. Yes it could. Be forwarned that aftermarket waterpumps on this particular engine should be avoided. Have your mechanic use an OEM one. There is also a very specific bleed procedure that needs to be used on this motor. If your mechanic is unaware of it, he needs to check www.IATN.com for the details. It is about a 45 minute ordeal to correct it. Before you replace the waterpump, have you had any service done to the vehicle that involved the cooling system in the last 3 months? If so, investigate the bleed procedure first.
it is possible your radiator is clogged
Where can I get a diagram of a 1996 Dodge Intrepid cooling system?
Failed hose, water pump, freeze plug, intake gasket..........
Your thermostat is possibly not opening up. Replace and flush and then recheck. Good luck.
it is burning it!!
It would be possible to cause an oil leak while replacing the water pump.
Low coolant? Cooling system airbound? Low coolant? Cooling system airbound?
A lack of water in your cooling system will cause your 2002 Pontiac Sunfire to overheat. A malfunctioning thermostat can also cause it to overheat.
It could be water/coolant leaking from the water pump. It will only leak under pressure and can easily cause the engine to overheat. The water pump should be replaced during the 60K service.
Did you check for a leak?
the water pump is driven by the timing belt.