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My 1996 Chrysler Concorde, which I have had no problems with until the day before yesterday, overheated on me. I checked the coolant fluids due to the fact that it overheated the fluids were low so I filled it up and drove it about 2miles, it was reading 210. While stopped at a light it pegged itself out causing it to boil all the fluids out again. I thought it was the thermostat so I replaced it and filled the fluids back up again. I tried to drive it, got about half a mile down the road and it started overheating again. I let it cool down, watched for any leakage-nothing, it just keeps overheating. I am a single mother on a very low income. I fear the worst but I have checked the oil and it is not milky as they tell me could be the head gasket. Now I need to know, due to the age of the car, is it really worth spending the cost of tearing my motor apart.HELP!!!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Lori, If you replaced the thermostat and that didn't fix it, then the next thing to look at is the radiator. It could be clogged. You may also have a problem with the fan or the water pump. The best thing to do is to get a proper diagnosis so that you don't waste money replacing parts that are not bad. If you have had to add coolant and you can't see a leak, then you want to see if white smoke is blowing out of the tailpipe. This would indicate a bad head gasket. Hope this helps. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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