No heat with slight waterworks

dodge
stratus

#1

My 2003 Dodge Stratus has been overheating whenever I turn the heater on. The heater itself, up till this started, slowly flickered from cold to short bursts of hot then just blew cold. There is a thick black tube that runs just a few inches from the overflow tank to connect to the top of a black part that has four bolts securing a cover from which sprays all the fluid running out of the tank. What might this part be and to what system of the car’s function does this part actually belong?


#2

Go to your mechanic IMMEDIATELY. Continuing to drive this car with coolant leaking like this will DESTROY THE ENGINE!!! Since you cannot tell me the names of the parts that are leaking, I cannot tell you how to stop the leak other than letting a qualified mechanic fix this for you correctly. This is a serious, and the fix may not be.


#3

A good place to start would be replacing the thermostat. As BustedKnuckles said though, driving the car while the temp gauge is in the red will quickly damage your engine.