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Vechile is overheating I believe the thermostat is stuck close

Do you know how to unstick a thermostat on a 2005 dodge durango? My wife can't drive more than a few blocks after sittting 20-30 min before it heats right back up again. A speedy answer would be great! She's in the vechile now with my 3 kids. Thanks for any help on this.
Also is it getting stuck mean it needs replaced or what caused it to get stuck in the first place?

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  • whitetigersv May 16, 2009

    wow ty for the quick repsonse, what's the best way she can get it back home? She has to go like 10 miles or so to get it back home and she has to stop every like few blocks or maybe she can go a mile at a time than has to stop for like 25-30 min. how far can she go without it causeing damage to the headers or to the the engine etc? Or best to just get it towed?

  • whitetigersv May 16, 2009

    How far would you recomend her driveing at a time without cause serious damage?

  • whitetigersv May 16, 2009

    Is the thermostat the same thing as the radiator cap? or is the thermostat located on the engine block somewhere? cause my wifes say's she thinks I'm thinking of a different thermostat than her? I wasn't aware a vechicle had more than 1 thermostat? Do you know what the location of it is on a 05 durango? sorry for the questions I think I should become more mechanically inclined lol

  • whitetigersv May 16, 2009

    I just read up on it yeah I was thinking the same as you my wife had me confused lol The engine light came on yesterday so I checked all fluid levels all were good but the reseivor was low so we filled it. I hope that was a good thing considering this happend today. It didn't get hot yesterday so it must have got completely stuck today. She made it to the club her parents go to and is sitting there now letting it cool down really good. Hopefully someone there cvan help her. Thank you for all your great info

  • Jeffrey Blair Jul 25, 2012

    the radiator cap and thermostat are NOT the same thing.

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Hi, there isnt really a way to unstick it. The thermostat has a wax pellet that expands when it is operating causing the spring inside to open the thermostat letting the coolant flow properly. All you can really do just replace the thermostat, its a simple job as well

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  • j_mlad May 16, 2009

    your best bet is the drive, let it cool, drive let it cool etc. Unless its worth it to you to just get it towed.
    If she decides to do the stop and go, tell her to keep the hood open to let the engine cool faster.
    If she drives with it overheating the coolant will boil and can damage the cylinder head and more. hope this helps


  • j_mlad May 16, 2009

    She can drive it once it cools down until the temp gauge on the dash is before the overheating mark.

  • j_mlad May 16, 2009

    its okay, no the rad cap isnt the same as the thermostat. As far as i know on a 2004
    Dodge Durango has its thermostat located on the bottom radiator hose. A
    close inspection of the bottom hose where it connects to the engine
    will show you the thermostat housing. However this may differ for a 2005 + up models. There is sufficient amount of coolant in the resevoir?

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