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2004 ram 4.7 overheating

I replaced the thermostat, and water pump. and even had my radiator flushed. still gets hot when i drive up a hill. it wont go all the way to hot but it goes past the middle of the gauge. help me please

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Check the front of the radiator to see ifit is dirty, plugged or obstructed by any thing.
If all is well then check t se that your timing is set correctly. be sure that the coolant mixture is correct for your vehicle. also double check that the thermostat is the correct temperature for this ehicle. try squeezing the top radiator hose and then letting go to see if there is a surge of coolant in the hose, as this will let you know that the water pump is operating correctly. as sometimes they are faulty.

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