1996 Dodge Stratus my car is overhating

Tiny
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  • 1996 DODGE STRATUS
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 56,000 MILES
I changed the thermo stat. There is a leak not the radiator. I got in the car and drove and it overheated
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Friday, July 3rd, 2009 AT 8:26 PM

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Tiny
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Did you say you have a leak, but it's not in the radiator?

You're going to have to repair the leak before it will stop over heating.
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Friday, July 3rd, 2009 AT 9:18 PM
Tiny
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There is a leak not in gasket or radiator/ it just happened today/ I turned on the heat to pull from the egine it was not warm air/ it just started this today
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Friday, July 3rd, 2009 AT 9:46 PM
Tiny
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That would be normal, the water was either too low to fill the heater core, or it was boiling.

You're still going to have to find the leak.
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Friday, July 3rd, 2009 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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Do you think it's the water pump? As soon as the car runs for like 2 minutes it overhaets and liquid poors out of the bottom by the oil filter
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 8:06 AM
Tiny
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It could be the water pump, there is a hole in the bottom of most pumps. Coolant will leak out of the hole if the pump is starting to fail.

Which 4 cylinder do you have?
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 5:55 PM
Tiny
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4/ it never leaked until the day it started overheating/ you cannot drive it because it overheats
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 6:00 PM
Tiny
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Which 4 cylinder engine do you have?
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 6:04 PM
Tiny
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2.4
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
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The 2.4 is known for early head gasket failures around the 50,000 mile mark.

And with your car overheating in just 2 minutes time. I suspect that is the problem. Sorry to have to give you bad news.
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Saturday, July 4th, 2009 AT 7:11 PM
Tiny
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Crap. I live in ohio, do you know how much it will cost me. I know when I had the water pump replaced on my sons car it was expensive because of all the work that it takes, is this a similar situation
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Sunday, July 5th, 2009 AT 11:46 AM
Tiny
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I dont know what the hourly rate is in your area, but for the head gasket, the book shows 7.2 hours.

And the water pump shows 4.2 hours.
Part of the water pump time should be reduced because the timing belt has to be removed for the head gasket job.

I would guess about 9 hours should be acceptable.
If you have a labor rate of $85 then the labor charge would be $765.

Expect another 200 300 for parts
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Sunday, July 5th, 2009 AT 6:04 PM

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