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Old 03-15-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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antifreeze

just noticed a green puddle under my car today... antifreeze. filled it a little to the top so i could drive the car and thats where i stand. cars a 97 dodge avenger es. obviously this is a problem... water pump? any help would be great... by the way i know very little about engines/cars/how they work so this would be a pay someone else project...any clue how much this is gonna cost?? thanks

also... ive noticed that if i turn the rear window defroster on and its cold and the car isnt warmed up theres a loud high pitched sound...sounds like some kind of belt or something... no clue at all... suggestions.

also... cars approacing 100k miles... what kind of things should i be doing to it to make it last longer/work better?? i've been told to get the tranny fluid changed and get the radiator flushed (which i guess i dont have a choice if i need a new water pump), anything else??? thanks again

thanks a lot guys... any help would be great.
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Old 03-16-2006, 01:03 AM   #2
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make sure the routine maintenance and tune-up items called for in the owners manual are up to date

i would..... but there is no manual... guy i bought it from didnt have it... what kind of things are in there??
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Old 03-16-2006, 01:39 AM   #3
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From my experience, the most common thing that causes antifreeze leaks are bad hoses. It sounds like it might be about time to replace all your old coolant hoses. Of course, they probably wouldn't account for the whine. I'm not entirely sure about that.
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Old 03-16-2006, 01:39 AM   #4
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A manual proves to be a very useful item. Wouldn't hurt to purchase one for future reference.
I've separated these by milage intrevals for you. I did not duplicate items across the board for each mileage marker as that seemed redundant to me. I think this is pretty self-explanitory though.
S/I= Service/Inspect, R=Replace, A=Adjust, L=Lubricate

Every 7500 miles: Engine oil (R), Oil filter (R), exhaust system (S/I), Brake lines and hoses (S/I), CV joints & suspension component boots & seals (S/I), Tire rotation, Coolant level (hoses & clamps as well) [S/I], Manual Transaxle fluid level (S/I)

Every 15000: Accessory belt (A)

Every 22500: Disc brake pads/brake shoe linings (S/I)

Every 30000: Transmission fluid (automatic) and filter (R), Front and rear upper control arm ball joints (L), Air filter (R), Spark plugs (R), Engine coolant (R)

Every 60000: Accessory belt (R), PCV Valve (S/I), Spark Plug Wires (R)

105000 Miles: Timing Belt (R)


This is for the Breeze, Cirrus, Stratus, and Sebring Convertable. I'll put yours below.

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:40 AM   #5
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:09 AM   #6
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just noticed a green puddle under my car today... antifreeze. filled it a little to the top so i could drive the car and thats where i stand. cars a 97 dodge avenger es. obviously this is a problem... water pump? any help would be great... by the way i know very little about engines/cars/how they work so this would be a pay someone else project...any clue how much this is gonna cost?? thanks

also... ive noticed that if i turn the rear window defroster on and its cold and the car isnt warmed up theres a loud high pitched sound...sounds like some kind of belt or something... no clue at all... suggestions.

also... cars approacing 100k miles... what kind of things should i be doing to it to make it last longer/work better?? i've been told to get the tranny fluid changed and get the radiator flushed (which i guess i dont have a choice if i need a new water pump), anything else??? thanks again

thanks a lot guys... any help would be great.
If it's clearly losing alot of water/antifreeze, the best and probably most obvious thing to do would be to run the car, and have a look for any water dripping from anywhere. Pay particular attention to the water pump, it'll be located end of the engine (same place as the cambelt & Alternator belt).
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