2003 Dodge Stratus Car running HOt

Tiny
ANDREA2190
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  • 2003 DODGE STRATUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 175,000 MILES
I wanted to know what can be making my car run hot? I had the water pump changed, replaced fan relay, changed radiator, replaced thermostat ( and completly took off thermostat) made sure the timming was set right and the car is still running hot. I am able to drive for about 15-20 min before it gets hot. The water and the oil isn't mixing in the engeine. So I don't know what it could be. Sometimes I would unscrew the pressure release valve and alot of air would come out. I changed all of this and the problem still persist. Now the car cranks but doesn't start. I have asked different mechanics and no one seems to know whats wrong. PLEASE help me! Thanks
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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 4:54 PM

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Tiny
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I would almost bet you my cinnamon rolls for breakfast in the morning that you have a blown head gasket or a cracked head. Or both. The air in the system is combustion from the cylinder. Just because there's no oil in the water, or vice versa, doesn't mean the head gasket isn't blown. But that's what's happened here. Now it won't start because it's just gotten so bad that there's either no compression, or the plugs have coolant on them. If one of the cylinders fill up with coolant, and you try to start it, it'll sound like it's locked up and won't spin over. This could also bend a rod and cause more problems. Pull the spark plugs and look at them and see if there's coolant on any of them.
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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 9:27 PM
Tiny
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So do you think its worth fixing. I'v spent alot of money on this car alreadry and have one payment left on the car. Should I fix it or junk it? What cause a blown gead gasket or cracked head?
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 2:28 PM
Tiny
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Sure, its worth fixing. It's only 6 or 7 years old. It's got a lot of miles on it but it's not dead. You've spent a lot of money on it because you didn't actually start at the source of the problem. Nobody's fault. That just happens. But, nevertheless, the car is worth fixing, in my opinion. If it was mine, I would. Chances are, the lower end isn't hurt. That being the crankshaft, rods, pistons, etc. UNLESS, there's a problem with the block/Cylinder walls. You can't determine that until you get the head off. You're mechanic that does the job will be able to tell if the block is hurt. It just depends on HOW HOT it got. If you noticed it getting hot, and shut it off, you should be fine. If you let it run hot til it got SO HOT it died on it's own, then the chances slightly diminish. But, even still, it may not be hurt. If it got hot enough, the pistons could have galded the cylinder walls and caused problems there. Then you would need an overhaul or new/used motor. Having said all that, I would do the head gasket job and have the head 'checked' by a good machine shop. Have them re-surface it, too. If the block looks ok, put it back together and drive it like you stole it. OR. Another option to maybe get some of your money back, would be to fix it like you were going to drive it and sell it. That's not a 'mechanical' question though. You can decide that once you get it going. It may cost you another grand to get it going but it'll be good to go. And paid for! That's worth a lot these days. If I can be of any more help, feel free to holler.
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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 AT 1:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for all of your help and information I will gladly pass this web site on to all that I know for car advice. Thanks!
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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 AT 1:13 PM
Tiny
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You are more than welcome. And please do pass it on. Also advize them that the donations are what makes it work. We jump right on the donor questions first. Without the donations, we don't get paid. So thanks a lot! Good luck with the head gasket.
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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 AT 1:16 PM

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