My 98 Dodge interpid 3.5 V6?

Tiny
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  • 1998 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
So I travel from Bellingham to Everett area atleast 2 to 3 times a month. As leaving Everett this trip I did my usual flluid check before heading out. I then grabbed some anti freeze and added about just above half into what I thought was resevore or overflow but found out today it was actual raditor. Car did fine back home and once in town did 4 back and forth trips to parents about 8 blocks to and from. Then another trip out to Lynden in county about 15miles there and back. When heading home went outside and it had since snowed about 4inches. Got butt home in bellingham still no problems. Wasnt til I once parked car at home that night and left it for almost 3 days with out driving did the issue start. Started up car waiting for it to warm up but it wasnt getting any heat, with wheather so cold I just took off in hopes heater would kick in, then looking at my temp I noticed it was above where it ususally sits and was sllowly moving on up to the H. Pulled into gas station waited a few to cool and proceeded with adding rest of antifreeze and started up to add a jug of water also. Turned back for home and driving back it only took about 4 min if that for it to reach the H tempature again got home few sec and parked. Can you please help me, this is my only running vehicle need to have transportation asap, Thank you so much for your time
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 11:17 PM

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Tiny
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If you had no heat and it overheated, it had to be very low on coolant. Have you checked for leaks?
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 1:31 PM
Tiny
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Wasnt very low cause I just filled when left everett. But notice a new noise and now what is your thought on if a pully for serpentine belt was very loose could this have anything to do with the overheating?
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 AT 5:53 PM
Tiny
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I believe the water pump is driven by the timing belt. If that is incorrect and it is driven by the serp belt, then yes. A loose belt could cause the problem.
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 AT 12:56 PM
Tiny
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Can u please tell me how to flush my raditator? Looking yesturday noticed the top hose from radiato was slushyish so sat with heating pad overnight and now want to flush radiator and hopefully all will be good.
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
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When you say slushy, was it freezing? As far as the flush, it isn't hard to do. Basically, you drain the radiator (drain on bottom of radiator) and place a product (flush) in it and spray it through using a garden hose. Please review the directions on the bottle when you get it because there are so many different brands, they all seem to have a different way to use it.

I would like to recommend a couple things. Remove the upper radiator hose and the replace the thermostat. They are under 10 dollars. Also, while the thermostat is out, flush the engine block too. Also, remove the heater core hoses and spray water through each hose (both directions to back flush).

When you are all finished, make sure to mix the new coolant 50% coolant and 50% water. Also, if you have water in it now and live in an area that is below freezing, get the water out ASAP or you will end up with other problems if it freezes.

Let me know if you have questions while you do it, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Joe
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Thursday, November 25th, 2010 AT 5:56 AM

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