2002 Dodge Neon car running hot

Tiny
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Engine Cooling problem
2002 Dodge Neon Automatic 137000 miles

i drove my car for about 25miles while it was overheated it killed when I got to the 25th mile and started back after it cooled off I start on the rest of the way home it overheated again but I made it home smoke was coming from under the hood r steam I change the therstat and some say it waater bad but the water pump is pumping. Their is no oil in water r vise versa no smoke in the exaust r water what else can be my problem I also flushed the raditator help me please
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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 12:29 PM

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Tiny
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Running a 4 cylinder that hot for that long is almost asking for a cracked head gasket, I would not be surprised that the head itself hasn't cracked. Need to do compression test to check for cracked gasket.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 6:33 PM
Tiny
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Ok can u tell me how can I check to see if it's a cracked head
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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Use a compression gauge OR with engine cold remove radiator cap and start engine, rev up a bit, if coolant shoots out of cap opening than definitely have a compression issue most likely gasket
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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Ok thanks i'll try first thing in the morning. Is water in the oil alway a sign because I don't have water in the oil r vise versa as far as I know anyway. And what if the water is shooting after the car has been running awhile?
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 7:51 PM
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Water shooting up after car is warm doesn't count because once engine is warm the coolant will be hot and since you have overheating issue the hot coolant will shoot out. It should not shoot out while cold though. Oil / coolant does not always mix together with head gasket issue
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
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Once the car has run hot the water in the reservere begins to boil is that normal.I've had about 5-6 people to come look at it and tell me different things they say it not a gasket because there's no milky looking oil. Some say it's the water pump but it's still hot, some say thermostat but still hot with the thermostat being in and out, there's no leaks in the radiator it's like a year old and I had it check and flush but it still running hot. How about a clogged engine someone told me that today to but i'm afraid to put out more money and it still run hot?
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 8:00 PM
Tiny
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I would check cylinder compression as stated and go from there. Yes a clog is possible you can purchase flush kits at auto part store and use it at home with a simple garden hose to flush cooling system.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 8:01 PM

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