Sounds like you have some air in the coolant system. remove the radiator cap, run the car. When it stops gurgling [CAUTION: and spitting] slowly add more coolant until it is stable and swirling at the top. Add more coolant to the overflow tank to the proper level. Air in the coolant system can "vapor lock" it, causing the hot water to stay stuck in the engine.
Please fill out your profile (or add as your signature), so we know what Strat you have. Year, Trim, sedan/coupe, engine specs.
I see from a prior post you have a '00 2.4.
Last edited by ratsttam; 01-08-2010 at 11:33 AM.