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Neon: Plymouth..Car seemed to be overheating, but gauge..head gasket

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The car is a 1997 Plymouth Neon with a 2 litre engine 16 valve and has about 160,000 Kilometers on it. Car seemed to be overheating, but gauge was reading normal, it was boiling at overflow tank and even overflowing. Increased engine speed that seemed to help, However I am worried it possibly could be the head gasket. This was happening at idle.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.



If the engine is not actually overheating when this is happening, then we could be looking at a few different things.


You could have a big air pocket in your system.

Your radiator cap could be bad

Too much pressure in the cooling system (caused by a bad head gasket)

Cooling fan or fans not coming on for some reason.

Or the engine is overheating and the temp gauge is not reading accurately.



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