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Chrysler Town & Country overheating



  • Van overheated last night. Coolant was leaking from one of the 4 metal pipes run the length of the van, they maybe a foot and a half, are rusted out and appear to be leaking coolant. Filled overflow tank with coolant and is full, but still overheating. Any thought? What would they be under on like autozonecom?
  • karbevkarbev Posts: 1
    I also have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country and it is overheating. i deliver the newspaper and it does fine when i drive long distances, but, when I start doing my route with the slowing down and starting up again, is when it starts to overheat. Steam comes out from under the hood on passenger side. Turned off engine and let it cool and i was able to drive it home. Mechanic came over and we replaced the water pump and he also switched out some of the fuses in the fuse box under the hood. Turned ac on and the fans wouldn't come on, he wanted to go get freon to charge ac so it would be stronger to turn on fans, but, we decided against it. So, next morning I started my route and it did the samething, When I got to a stop, I turned off engine to go deliver a paper at an apt. and I noticed water dripping on passenger side. Got back in and started route again and steam started coming out from under hood on passenger side, thought I would stop and let it cool down again, but, before I could do that, a lot of steam started coming out from under the hood on driver side and i got out to check, and water all over ground, too hot to check under hood, of course, sat there and waitted, was able to open up hood and only thing i saw was some water in the tray that holds the battery. So, I had it towed home and mechanic came over next day and found a crack in the radiator and also noticed that the fan on drivers side, he could turn the blade, but, the fan on passenger side wouldn't turn at all. So, now he thinks that we definitely need a new radiator and also the fans-maybe just the one. As far as the fans, could it still just be the Fan Relay, or has it gone past that? Please help. I am a single mother and need an honest opinion. Don't want to get taken advantage of because I am a women.
  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    edited October 2011
    Sounds like the fan on the passenger side of the radiator is frozen (since you can't turn the blade by hand). That by itself would explain the overheating, especially in stop and go driving. With the van moving, there is enough air being forced though the radiator to keep things cool. When you stop, only the fan(s) pull air through.

    Sometimes the fan and it's motor are able to be repaired. I've done that twice on one of my cars. But, it takes some time and patience, and there is no guarantee. Also, probably not worth the money if you have to pay someone to do it.

    Fan relay may be OK. Hard to say from your description of the symptoms.
  • jawcrcjawcrc Posts: 1
    Hi my t/c overheats when driving on the freeway. But not when I stop an let it sit idling? Just replaced the radiator because it was cracked and the thermostat at it. I have knowticed that the upper radiator hose gets very hot but the radiator cap is cool to The touch. One of the fans is having a bit of an issue however on freeway thy Gould t matter right? Also no cabin heat whats so ever. I did bypass the rear heater core. Because one of the metal lines was leaking so I joined them together at the location where it's rubber under passenger door. Would this cause it to overheat? Or is there another problem? No waterleaks as I can see now? Thanks everyone
  • I had this issue with an older car I had. When I looked at the jumper it was obviously corroded. I took a wire brush to it, and it worked perfectly after that. the other option that I have heard of is cutting the jumper out and hard wiring it.
  • budg1budg1 Posts: 1

    I too was having non cycling engine fans. Thank you all for your great advise. Just needed a fuse. Experts sharing their knowledge makes the web an awesome tool/manual. God's best for you all, always.

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