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I have a 2001 dodge Durango slt and it has been overheating and I have to add half bottle of antifreeze every 3 days. Plus I have noticed the heat blows cold till it has been driven a few min. What is wrong?! There is no check engine and I can't afford a diagnostic! Please help

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Do you notice water on the ground anywhere you park? Is there smoke from the tail pipe? How far does the needle go into the red before you turn it off when over heating? Honest answers get good diag results. Well be happy to help if you can answer these questions with as much detail as possible.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

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  • Tammy gant Dec 31, 2012

    I don't let it get to the red cause I hear the ding and immediately pull over, yes it is leaking a small amount of fluid from the passenger side. The smoke that is coming out my tailpipe is normal for freezing temperatures it's not thick or black.

  • Jeremy Roeseler Dec 31, 2012

    being from the passenger side, it sounds like a heater hose busted. . look for 2 hoses side by side coming out of the firewall (dash area) under the hood. follow them back to the engine and sqeeze them looking for any leaks. the hoses are about 3/4" round and will be about 1.5-2" apart.

  • Tammy gant Dec 31, 2012

    I am worried I blew the head gasket and that is my worst fear. What r the signs and how long would it run if I did. Why won't it throw a service engine code so I can just get to the problem?

  • Jeremy Roeseler Jan 01, 2013

    you can buy a compression tester for about $50 and i could talk you through how to do it. its very easy, just takes about 30min. every blown head gasket is different. some are right away power loss, over heating. my uncle has had a blown head gasket for 5yrs now. his just burns oil. no other problems. you can rent a compression tester from oreillys and get all your $ back when you are finished.

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SOURCE: overheating 2003 dodge durango. What could be the problem??

When engine running, ensure no engine combustion gas bubbles in coolant resevoir (if so, the head gasket is blown).

Check cooling fans are operating ok (when required when car warms up), if not check
1) fuse,
2) relay operation,
3) heat sensor switch.

Replace thermostat.
When re-filling cooling system, bleed off any airlock as necessary.

Check for collapsing (soft) coolant hose on suction side of waterpump when engine revs above idle.

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This sounds like your automatic climate control is starting to malfunction. Check to make sure your coolant is full, and temp is not fluctuating, and when your vehicle is warmed up, try using the low setting and feel for air temp. Is it warmer than if you turn it up? When at idle the vehicle is not producing heat the same as if you are driving, putting load on your engine and more air/fuel combustion means more heat, which is why you can feel heat while driving. Ideally you should feel heat as soon as the engine is warming up, getting hotter as it reaches peak temp of 190-210 degrees. You can try to make sure your water control valve is not blocked, and all electrical connections are secure. This will be located close to your firewall and connected to the coolant tubes that run into your firewall to your heater-core. Also use recirc (setting)to try to summon as much heat as possible, however ultimately, you may need to take you vehicle in for service. If it only warms when driving defrost will be an issue. Good luck.

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SOURCE: my 2001 dodge durango is overheating an leaking coolant from a round plug type thing in the corner on the passenger side near the windshield

What exactly is the "round plug type thing" near the firewall [passenger side]? Is it a sensor of some type? I, too, have a coolant leak here on my 2001 Durango; its tucked in rather tightly near the hood/firewall corner. My electric fan is not kicking on; vehicle overheated tonight. (4.7 liter)

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http://www.autozone.com/cooling-heating-and-climate-control/heater-core/spectra-premium-heater-core/979573_717836_0

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