So my car overheat & I need help

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by Kroze, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Kroze

    Kroze New Member

    Aug 25, 2004
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    Here's what happened today. I drove the car for around 2 hours in 95-97 degrees weather today with the A/C on. With only 2 blocks before I got home, I heard my drive belt squealing faintly but didn't think much of anything about it. When I pulled into the drive way and got out of the car, i smelled coolant and immediately looked under the car and saw coolant dripping.
    I opened the hood and there were coolant everywhere around the thermostat & timing belt side of the engine block. Since it's still hot, I went inside the house and wait for the car to cool down (Aprox 1 1/2 hours)

    After waiting for the car to cool down, I start it back up & left the engine running while:

    - Check coolant level - Good.
    - Checking all of the hoses for sign of damage/tear/leaks. None.
    - Check for leaks around the thermostat housing & hose. None
    - Check for sign of leaks on the upper & lower radiator hose. None.

    So the car stop leaking coolant and I thought *thank god*.....But when I went to shut the engine off, I saw the coolant meter was near the overheat mark. :confused:

    I think I've narrowed it down to:
    A) Thermostat housing/seal or thermostat failure?
    B) Waterpump and/or waterpump seal?

    The car is a 2000 Neon with only 65k miles.... anyone have any suggestion? I really hope it's a thermostat because I can replace it myself and save $.
  2. Kenny Powers

    Kenny Powers Well-Known Member OT Supporter

    Jul 20, 2005
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    Cost of repair > Cost of 2000 Neons

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