Engine Cooling problem
2005 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 97,771 miles
ok I have a 2005 dodge neon 77,000 plus miles. Recently it has been running hot. All the fluid levels are good, but the temperature gage goes to the red and a warning signal comes on. I can turn the heat on and it would come back down. It has done this for a few weeks. Today I started to work, and only got about 10 miles when it happened again, only this time it would not cool down. I ran 20mph back home with the temperature gage near overheating. I popped the hood and you could here the coolant boiling, the reservoir was over full. I turned the car off and went inside for a few hours to let it cool. I went back out and the reservoir was empty. I popped the radiator cap, and could see a rust colored fluid. I started the car to see if the fluids were circulating, after about 5 minutes, it shot about a half gallon of fluid out of the car from where the radiator cap goes before I could turn the engine off. I then refilled the radiator to normal level put the cap back on and headed down the street to test it. Going just 20mph after to blocks the warning signal came on and the temperature gage went all the way to the top. I stopped and checked the level in the reservoir it was empty, with the car running I filled the reservoir to its normal hot level, and headed back home. After I got home, and shut the engine off you could hear it bubbling, but no fluid came out of the reservoir, and it was at the full hot mark.
What is going on with this car, all the hoses look new no wear or damage, the coolant level is normal, why is my car overheating?
Monday, June 15th, 2009 AT 11:25 AM