Engine Mechanical problem
2004 Dodge Stratus 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 40,000 miles
My daughter drove her Dodge Stratus 300 miles from Connecticut, when she noticed the temperature rising rapidly. The car overheated and stopped running.
Since it was only 60 miles from her destination I took the time to drive and inspect the damage.
Opening the radiator revealed no visible fluid. We then poured in about 3-4 gallons of water into the radiator to make sure no leaking radiator hose or whole was present. No leaks! Closed the radiator cap after which we turned the ignition and were able to start the car. The car was running rough and white smoke came out of the tail pipe. So after approx 20 seconds we shut the car off. Rechecking the water level in the radiator confirmed that water was "disappearing".
We then had the car towed by AAA to a dealer.
My question pertains to commments that this car has aluminum heads and may be expensive to repair. I suspect we have a blown head gasket and maybe some other damage due to overheating.
Any comments and what test the Dealer should run will be helpful. Since my daughter is in graduate school she wants to minimize the repair bill and not being taken for a "ride".
have the same problem?
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 AT 9:35 PM