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I have 95 dodge neon which overheated when I was driving and start smoking. I was close to where I wanted to go, so I did not stop and kept driving. The car finally stopped by itself, and I am assuming no water left in the engine. My understanding is some of the cars have a sensor which stops if there is not any water in the engine. Need to know if 95 dodge neon has one and if not after putting water in radiator how do I get the engine started or the engine is shut to hell?

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. Running the vehicle while it is overheating can cause a number of issues with the engine and its supporting components. It is always best to turn the vehicle off in a safe location and give it time to cool down. You can then try to move the vehicle again once cooled off if you have to. There are a few tests that you can do to try and determine what damage has been done, and then you can take corrective action. For example, you should perform a compression test to see if you have blow a gasket. You can also check your oil for signs of water, and look at your spark plugs for signs of moisture. A blown head gasket is one of the most common issues when a vehicle overheats. 

Good luck!

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