2004 DODGE STRATUS

  • Tiny
  • car_kid123
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus

2004 Dodge Stratus

My car has been losing engine coolant very quickly and I'm not sure why. I filled the reservoir before taking a 2 hr trip and by the end of the trip, the coolant was half gone. A mechanic told me that he did not find any leaks and that he didn't know what the problem was. He suggested getting a flush but I'm not sure if that will help. When the car is low on coolant, it usually overheats in stop-and-go traffic. What do you think I should do?

Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 1:53 PM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Is there any evidence of coolant mixing with the engine oil? Also, is there white smoke coming from the exhaust?

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 1:33 PM
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  • car_kid123
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There is no white smoke. What should I look for to determine if there is coolant mixing with engine oil?

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 7:02 PM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Pull the dipstick to see if there is a white creamy substance on it as well as the oil cap.

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 8:33 PM
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I did not find any white substances. Is there anything else you'd suggest?

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Thursday, September 9th, 2010 AT 9:10 PM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Have you checked the trans for any evidence of contamination?

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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 1:46 PM
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  • robertdwhite
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Make sure you do not overfill the reservoir if you fill it above the level indicated it will just kick out the amount over the fill line.

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010 AT 3:57 AM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Hi: I haven't heard from you. I asked about the trans because the trans cooler is part of the radiator and if there is an internal problem, they can mix.

One last check I need you to do. With the engine cold, open the radiator cap and start the engine. Is there any pressure coming out or coolant being forced out?

Let me know.

Joe

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Sunday, September 26th, 2010 AT 10:41 PM

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