1995 Dodge Neon

Tiny
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  • 1995 DODGE NEON
My Neon has 160,000 miles on it. It has a problem that I have been taking it to the dealer for over the past year. Ever since the dealer has replaced the exhaust valves and head gasket the car surges on idle and displaces the antifreeze into the overflow reservoir. It continues to fill the reservoir until it over flows onto the ground and empties the radiator. I am not sure if the repairs the dealer performed to the car have anything to do with the problem I have now. The last time this happened I filled the radiator with plain water and it emptied the radiator at a much faster rate. Just as fast as it did when the A/C was running when it had antifreeze in it. The dealer is determined that it has something to do with the throttle body. But I didn't have this problem until they worked on it.
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 AT 7:44 PM

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Tiny
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If that didnt leaking anti freeze before you got it repaired at the dealership, I would hold them countable for the leaking coolant, They must have messed something up, Before youre car hd gasket was done, And the valves were changed, Was the car acting like this. I would get a compression test done on each piston cyl. Also was youre car overheating beofre you brought it to the dealership. Could have a crack cyl hd.
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 4:04 AM
Tiny
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No, it did not surge or force the coolant out the overflow container prior to them working on it. I explained this to them and asked if it could possibly be the head gasket since a few of the manuals I have read suggest this may be a cause. They assured me that it wasn't the head gasket after the first visit. They replaced the throttle position snesor wiring saying it was defective ($350). This did not cure the problem. The next time I had it in they told me that the Throttle body would need to be replaced since their was a service bulliten out on it some years ago. They wanted $500 to replace it. I have had this car since it was new and told them if the throttle body was bad I would have noticed it long before now. I ran out of money to give them to replace parts and not fix the problem. I was told that if I didn't replace it that their was nothing else they could do for me. This was last Fall. We drove it over the winter and it wasn't too bad. Now that the heat is back its gotten too bad to drive. I thought this time I would try to find the problem myself prior to taking it to another dealer or service station. Before I started getting into the head gasket I was told that maybe the water pump was going bad. I can live with the surging problem for now but the car won't drive without coolant.
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 5:33 PM

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