When I went to go check my oil this morning I noticed that my radiator shroud was off and the end piece (last 2 coolant pipes) of my radiator had come off. The radiator is still full with coolant after running it. Also there does not appear to be anywhere the coolant pipes could attach to. Do I have a problem here, or is loosing those last 2 pipes ok?
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Re: 1993 Dodge Dakota Radiator
Hi if your not losing any water then this must be the over flow pipe as it is the only pipe to the rad that doesn,t do anything is it a small bore of no more 10mm if so this is proberly what it is just keep your eye on the temp gauge if any problems get it checked yates210456
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The price seems really high. I have the 3.9 and if the timing cover is cracked you would be getting coolant in the oil. And 135,000 miles on a timing chainis low, it still has many years left. I think I would try another mechanic. good luck
Drain the coolant when it is cold and pull off the upper and lower radiator hose. Put a garden hose in the radiator neck (after removing the radiator cap) and turn the water up gradually and let it run for 15 to 20 minutes or until the flow is constant. If your water pump is not noisy or leaking and the pulley is not wobbling then you should not have to replace the water pump. You may want to flush out the block with water also. Please rate me on this answer.
Drain your coolant (not on the ground), Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, If trans cooler equiped, remove trans cooer oil lines from radiator, remove either the top sheet metal holding the radiator down, or the four bolts 2 on each side, and lift the radiator out. Good luck.
I think your truck is pretty much the same as mine. Not alot to it. You should have 2 or 4 bolts that hold radiator in place, maybe a few bolts that hold fan shroud in place. To start you'll open hood, have to drain water out of radiator using a petcock, a drain valve at bottom of radiator. Loosen hose clamps on upper and lower radiator hose clamps. Once water is drained you'll have to remove the ends of the two hoses from radiator. The hoses may be kinda welded in place from rust so you may have to twist the ends back and forth until they loosen up. ( When you reinstall hoses, put a thin layer of any kind of grease on the inside of the ends so they can be turned easier. Remove bolts holding fan shroud in place and move it however you have to to give you access to lift radiator up ward and out of engine area. Remove bolts holding radiator and with some wiggling and guiding it should be able to lift it out. It might be tight. If you get a manual at Autozone it should give you better descriptions. Good luck. Please rate this. Thanks
Install the engine mount struts. Notice: When adding coolant, it is important that you use GM Goodwrench DEX-COOL (R) or HAVOLINE (R) DEX-COOL (R) coolant. If Coolant other than DEX-COOL (R) or HAVOLINE (R) DEX-COOL (R) is added to the system the engine coolant will require change sooner; at 50,000 km (30,000 mi) or 24 months.
The details you have supplied point to possible head gasket failure, however if as you say 2 Winters and No problems if it were me I would leave well alone as if you flush the system it might make matters worse and overheating could occur.
Failing that can you temporarily by pass the heater matrix/core if it runs fine and stays cool then a flush possibly will return warmth to the interior.
Keep an eye on coolant as although you reckon No oil in radiator it is coming from somewhere and settling in the heater.
Finally this sounds saft but do you let your local service station check/top up your fluids? If so then possibly someone not too clever has popped oil in your coolant by mistake?