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Hi, I just bought a 1995 neon, and i can only drive it for about 20 minutes before she burns up. In less than 24 hours i have put 2 and a half to 3 big bottles of coolant it works for a little bit but then over heats. It also doesnt appear to be leaking and she smokes pretty bad once I am stopped. She only has about 174 thousand kil on her. please anyone with answers would be greatly appreciated single mom who cannot afford much hopefully might be able to do it my self. Some one also told me could be thermostat, hoses, cap i dont know please help. Thank u in advance for any ideas.

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If you don't see any coolant leaking, but are adding several gallons, it could be a head gasket. It may also be leaking out of the overflow tube if it is just dumping out when it over heats. If this is the case, then It's either a thermostat or a water pump. The thermostat is relatively inexpensive and is located right on top of the engine at the engine end of the upper radiator hose. Relatively easy to change. This would be a good start.

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