1998 Dodge Intrepid loss of coolent

Tiny
STEVIE4
  • MEMBER
  • 1998 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 125 MILES
Car over heated, check coolent, added about 2 liters, over flow was full. Leak in top hose to over flow, car runs fine, no white smoke from exhaust, leaks slowly when not running. Wondering if this rules out the leak being internal, like head gastket etc. Am I fine to drive it as long as I keep coolent in it. Until I locate the leak. There is no visible leak. It only over heated at high speed not at idle I asume this ment it was circlating the coolent it had. Does this rule out stuck termostate, and h2o pump not pumping. Does a wet spot on passengerside floor mean heater core is where the leak is? Thank you very much for your time.
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 1:30 PM

3 Replies

Tiny
CH112063
  • MEMBER
The leak inside on the passenger side floor is from the heater box and yes the heater core is leaking. You never know when a thermostat could go bad but from what you have explained I would not be afraid to take it anywhere as long as I had some water with me. If the head gaskets are blown badly it blows smoke really alot. Fix the overflow leak though.
You could bypass the heater core. You say it leaks slowly when not running? Fix that leak if its not the overflow leak you spoke of.
After you turn the car off the engine cooling system needs a closed overflow system to replenish itself from any small leaks. And taking the thermostat out will definitely keep it from sticking also. But sooner or later the cooling system will have to be examined and pressure tested. The thermostat should be replaced and heater core would be nice for the winter months. The cooling ststem is so important to be clean and hold pressure because as pressure increases, so does the boiling point of the coolant. And thats why a small leak is not very good. Heat is the biggest threat to an engine.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
STEVIE4
  • MEMBER
Thanks for a quick reply and for covering everything. I think I may by pass the heater core till it gets cold, never would have thought of that! Thanks again,

k
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, August 31st, 2009 AT 7:47 PM
Tiny
CH112063
  • MEMBER
Best to get a brass L or T fitting 5/8ths I believe, both my cars are bypassed. It is better, for a smaller problem then replacing but you miss the heat, in northeast. OK watch for your eyes, do it with safety glasses, cold. OK Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 AT 10:48 AM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides