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DebbieMarie54
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Sep 9, 2014, 3:43 PM

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Car Overheating and Loses A little Power Uphill Sign In

I owe a 1992 Dodge Spirit. I have maintained the car as best I could over the years. I live in California. The car runs pretty well for an old car.

The only current problem I'm having is the car is overheating (running warm, not hot,) when driving on an incline. There are lots of inclines in California.

So I stick to in town driving, and I do just fine. No highways. I should point out that the car has not had a radiator flush in years. I don't remember when the theromostat was last changed. There is no leaking antifreeze. The antifreeze is not low. The top radiator hose from what I can tell is in fair to good condition.

Do you have any idea what might be wrong with my car?

Thank you.


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Sep 9, 2014, 4:08 PM

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If it is running warm not hot, it isn't overheating.

Maybe you should swing into a shop and have them check out your cooling system to be sure you don't have any problems. If your system hasn't been maintained in years, more than like it is due.





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DebbieMarie54
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Sep 9, 2014, 4:13 PM

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Thank you for your response. When I said "warm" I meant that the temp gauge is sitting on that last bar before HOT when I'm driving up hill. That really concerns me.

I cannot afford to take it to a shop. It will be and a neighbor trying to fix it.

Thank you for your feedback.


cliffduris
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Sep 29, 2014, 8:13 PM

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I still do not know if I'm allowed to respond. So here is my input drive it at night when it gets hot pop the hood, if the exhaust manifold is glowing clogged catalitic converter.


Hammer Time
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Sep 30, 2014, 2:12 AM

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I still do not know if I'm allowed to respond. So here is my input drive it at night when it gets hot pop the hood, if the exhaust manifold is glowing clogged catalitic converter.


No, that advice would be incorrect. That would not indicate a clogged converter. That would indicate a misfire or an over rich or over lean mixture. The converter could be plugged solid and still not give those symptoms.

Yes, you are allowed to give advice but only if you know what you are talking about and your advice is accurate.



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cliffduris
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Sep 30, 2014, 8:39 PM

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I beg to differ I have had a 1988 pontiac sunbird and a 1986 chrysler lebaren same problem on both beat out the honeycomb in the converter and reinstalled it for another 1,000mi then sold it, same problem on a 1986 lebarren replaced with a straight pipe, no converter can't remember mi,totaled it 5yrs later


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 30, 2014, 10:20 PM

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Another Winner!


Hammer Time
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Oct 1, 2014, 2:08 AM

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GC
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Oct 1, 2014, 9:23 AM

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Ahh yes if there is no catalyst it cant get hot. Thats good logic. Next time I see a misfire I will just yank the engine out. Cant misfire if it doesnt have an engine.


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