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    Ohh... I remember us dealing with a few of those for over heating problems. I can't really remember what the final straw was, but I remember going through radiators adding special additives to the radiator etc- but we get quite a bit warmer than you too
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    youre welcome mate,

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Andrew: I have a 2002 Town & Country Chrysler. Oddly enough, the guy at the oil change place noticed that (something) was saturated with a combination of oil and coolant and his (unofficial) opinion is that I had a leaky valve cover gasket.
    Jim,
    Have the repairs been completed yet? I'm assuming that your statement was a bit of a misquote/misunderstanding since it's difficult to imagine finding mixed oil & coolant almost anywhere and coming up with that diagnosis. At a minimum, there would also need to be a coolant leak someplace since a valve cover gasket cannot produce coolant...

    Fwiw, our experiences with a Chrysler minivan will keep us away from that brand for quite some time ...

    Best of luck ...
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    Ron, I'm confident they're saying there was a coolant leak, and also the valve covers leak. Like I said above- many vehicles have a leaking valve cover(s)... That was them quoting something needed repair that had nothing to do with the overheating problem. That's why I mentioned he could likely skip that for now to save the money. Since valve covers are on the top of the motor, they drench the whole motor as they leak down, add in a coolant leak that that will mix with the oil that is on the motor already from the covers.
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    The oil change guy said that something was saturated with a mix of oil and coolant. I just don't know where it was.. But the two weren't mixed together in their respective resevoirs or containers (for lack of better terminology). Both leaked and were found mixed, maybe on top of some housing or some other surface. The work is done and the car works beautifully - for now.

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    Hi Jim, glad to hear you got it back and it's working well... Maybe a nice road trip is in order heh
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    My wife's 1997 Chevy Cavalier is bleeding antifreeze..
    but we arent bothering to get it fixed..my wife loves the car (she bought it new in 1997..its been a reliable car for 12 years) but its time is up..antifreeze leak, oil leak, and rusting gas tank..
    I have always said American cars are good for 10 years only..and hers is 12..so thats a good run.

    We are debating between a Scion XD and a Ford Focus..
    we like the Scion a lot, but it feels a bit cramped..maybe too small..
    my wife likes the Ford better..(and its going to be "her car"..so she makes the choice!)

    We were considering a Ford Fusion, Ford's answer to the Accord...really good rebates on them right now..
    (which drops it into our price range..otherwise it wouldn't even be in consideration)
    until we learned its built in Mexico..that makes me leery or quality..
    and if im going to buy an american car, I want to at least support American jobs..
    Kodak (where I work) has sent lots of jobs to Mexico..so I dont want to support Ford sending jobs to Mexico..

    Im not a big fan of domestic makes anyway, from a quality standpoint..
    I consider Ford ok, (my first car was a 1981 mustang! so Im a mustang fan)
    ...never been a GM fan at all..and everyone knows Chrysler has always been a disaster..

    but ive been doing a lot of reading, and the Ford rates pretty well on the reliability scale..(not as good as the Scion of course, (which is a Toyota) but its rates pretty well..)
    so we might go with the Focus.
    We do try to buy American..but its hard to do that when it comes to a car. my Honda Civic (built in Ohio) is also a 1997, and will easily live twice as long as my wife's 1997 Chevy.

    anyone here have a late-model Ford of any kind?
    how do you like it?

    (sorry to hijack your thread jim! but it sounds like your story is resolved for now..)

    Scot

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    LOL! We get to pay the car off this year. It's still a good car, in spite of its various replacement parts in the past year.

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