Engine overheated now heater blowing cold

Tiny
JUNK.MAN
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
When I talked about the parts replaced I said the thermostat. But the engine temp hand still falls to the left. I bought a new thermostat for it about a week or 2 after it overheated. But why is the heater blowing cold as you drive down the road and burn you up sitting still or idling the engine temp goes up slowly almost half way up where has been since the day I bought it.
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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 8:03 PM

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Tiny
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Are you saying the engine temp will not stay in a normal range? If that is the case, the only thing I can think of is the thermostat is staying open too long. I realize you replaced it, but it may not be installed correctly or bad.
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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 8:11 PM
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Recheck the thermostat and coolant level-both okay- cooling fans coming On, on time?
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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
ICE12GOD
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1996 Dodge Caravan Engine Size unknown Four Wheel Drive Automatic xxxxxx miles

possable causes of overheating when in idle
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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Bad thermostat, plugged cooling system, cooling fans not coming on, bad water pump.
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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ALSO A LOW COOLANT LEVEL
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RFRAINMAN
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
Engine Cooling problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

my coolant froze and the engine overheated. I heard a poof sound and now a steady stream of coolant flows from the area of the water pump. Is it likely the pump seal failed under the pressure?
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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That sounds about right there is an O-ring seal from pump to extension tube that would cause the leak.
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RFRAINMAN
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A 4 inch long hose burst causing the leak. Noticed it after replacing the water pump. Replaced the hose and good to go.
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
NSERA
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
So I bought this car used, and I was driving on freeway with ac on even thought it was not cold at all. Suddenly the car stopped moving so I pulled over to the side of the rode. There was smoke coming out of the hood. I guess it got overheated. Since then the engine doesn't even start. By the way the reason was most likely driving with an empty engine coolant. My question is if it is fixable at all, and if so how mm uch would be a repare cost?
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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We don't get involved with costs here because there's way too many variables. We don't even know what is wrong or what caused it. You need a mechanic to look at it. There may be some diagnostic fault codes stored in the Engine Computer that will direct the mechanic to where to start looking.
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ICE12GOD
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1996 Dodge Caravan Engine Size unknown Four Wheel Drive Automatic xxxxxx miles

possable causes of the cooling fans not working?
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
LEGITIMATE007
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Fan switch, your coolant temp. Sensor isn't telling the computer that your coolant is hot. Thermostat. Several things work in conjunction together. It shouldn't be anything that is going to be financially impossible though
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
COCAHOG
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  • 2WD
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  • 16,100 MILES
Engine Cooling problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 161, 00 miles

My 1996 Dodge Caravan will be running fine with temperature gauge midway. Then all of a sudden the gauge will jump to hot and the bell will go off. Few minutes later, the temperature gauge goes back to mid level. This all happens after the engine warms up. There is a leak in a heater hose connection. But, would this leak cause the gauge to fluctuate?
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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It should cause this unless it is getting low on coolant. Does this happen only in town driving or at highway speed?
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
COCAHOG
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Thanks, it was the sensor. Got it fixed!
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I'm glad it's fixed. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
GARY7561
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  • 1996 DODGE CARAVAN
Engine Cooling problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

how hard is it to remove and install a new water pump on the 3.0L
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Its not for the beginner thats for sure, you have to remove a motor mount the mount support bracket. The alternator and its bracket. Then remove the timing belt cover, and while you are in there you might as well do the timing belt because its in the same spot. You must remove the harmonic balancer, and you might as well replace the front crank seal. There is a lot too it.
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALINO
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  • 2WD
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  • 107,000 MILES
Engine Cooling problem
1996 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 107000 miles

hello,
I just buy the car from the dealer but after one week, the car overheat. I brougt it to the mecanic and they changed the thermostat and the waterpump, clean the radiator but the car still overheat. What can be the problem?
Thank you
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Friday, May 26th, 2017 AT 7:05 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Check if coolant fan working and coming on when hot
and if so do a headgasket test
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