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It was 96 outside and temp gauge went from normal to hot lights started coming on then I lost all power. What could this be

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  • bigdawg7299 Jul 27, 2016

    There doesn't have to be smoke for it to overheat.

  • Valerie Woods
    Valerie Woods Jul 27, 2016

    Hm would it run properly with no lights on afterwards

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Didnt specify vehicle but definitely overheated vehicle --lost all power did vehicle shut down or go into limp mode --does it start ,turn over no start ,or nothing --if nothing -check fuses and relays belts timing belt and try a jump start if still nothing could possible be seized engine --serpentine belt broke ===timing belt/chain broke

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  • Valerie Woods
    Valerie Woods Jul 27, 2016

    It's a 2009 Dodge Journey it runs fine now that the temperature outside is cooler. But it shut down like I literally was trying to give it gas and get out of the road power steering was so tight could barely move it then finally came to a stop. It wouldn't start back up but after it sit awhile it did

  • john h Jul 27, 2016

    so restarted check cooling system fluid wise and electronically --temp sensors,fan relays,water pump etc ===check oil and transmission when overheating a vehicle the oil and transmission fluid break down and usually need changing got lucky also probably got check engine codes [you said lights going on ]have vehicle scanned most auto parts stores offer service for free may have a code for what caused the overheating problem

  • Valerie Woods
    Valerie Woods Jul 27, 2016

    Thank you hopefully a cheap fix! I did check fluids when I got it back home and coolant was full transmission fluid oil all good. I didn't know if maybe a thermostat gone bad or maybe water pump

  • john h Jul 27, 2016

    you may have pending codes they wont set off light and doesnt hurt to have the scan

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Your vehicle ran hot and probably did damage to the engine. Probably blown headgasket and/or cracked head. A compression test will confirm this.

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  • Valerie Woods
    Valerie Woods Jul 27, 2016

    It didn't have smoke coming from anywhere it didn't over heat

  • Valerie Woods
    Valerie Woods Jul 27, 2016

    Also now that the temperature outside is a little cooler no lights on or any problem

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