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I have a 1996 dodge avenger with a coolant leak. It has the v6. It will operate fine for about 40 miles then the temp gauge will slow go up when im stopped and when im driving it will go back to halfway. When i checked the fluid it was very ow so i put coolant in and was able to drive about another 40 miles till the same thing happened again. Also if i rev the engine it will go back to halfway for a little bit then start to climb back up. I checked to see where the leak is coming from and i could actually see a place where it was leaking. i have never let the engine overheat all the way so i dont think it is the head gasket. What do you all think?

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When I had this issue it was because the seal has worn or flattened so much in the water neck that it was leaking. Follow the upper hose to the engine which will go to the water neck. I replaced both the thermostat and the water neck and this fixed the leaking problem. But, you have to fully burp the system of all the air, otherwise, it'll keep overheating or get close to doing it.

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I had the same issue with my dodge caravan and after several attempts by the dealer to fix it, it turned out to be a broken wire. They replaced the relay and it would work for a while and then go blank again. Have the wires checked thoroughly.

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Water in the oil is never a good sign. You need to have a cylinder leakdown and radiator pressure test done to confirm where the leak is. Sometimes though, the testing may be inconclusive. Either way, you need to have it torn down and checked/repaired. You cannot continue to drive it this way or it will relult in complete loss of your engine.

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it does sound like a head gasket

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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pan gasket on bottom of intake manifold may be leaking internally and causing oil consumption..remove air cleaner housing and open throttle plates and look for oil pooling inside manifold..if so..intakw ill have to be removed and all gaskets replaced

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take it to an auto zone or advanced tell then you want a code check they usely do it for free the use a code machine that hooks to th PIN harness under the dash they can read the code and tell you what the sensiors are saying about the engine and other related systems

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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