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OVERHEATING DODGE RAM 1500

PUT ON NEW WATER PUMP AND THERMOSTAT.NOT THE PROBLEM.MY MECHANIC SAYS IT MAY BE TIMING CHAIN COVER,OR INTAKE MANIFOLD.COULD THIS BE TRUE.COULD I DRIVE A SHORT DISTANCE TO ANOTHER MECHANIC WITHOUT DAMAGING VEHICLE,A LONG AS THERE IS WATER IN THE RADIATOR.TEMP ON TRUCK BARELY REACHES 220.WAS TOLD TO USE BARS LEAK.PLEASE GIVE ADVICE.IF IT IS INTAKE MANIFOLD COVER,OR TIMING CHAIN COVER WHAT KIND OF MONEY AM I LOOKING AT TO FIX THIS.

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  • OKIE9er May 21, 2009

    TO THE GUYS WHO HELPED ME WITH THE 99 DODGE 1500 OVERHEATING.THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADVICE.I RAN FROM THE MECHANIC.TURNS OUT.IT WAS A BYPASS HOSE,AND THE THERMOSTAT GASKET.NOW YOU KNOW WHY I AM NOT A MECHANIC.THANKS AGAIN..

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Which engine?
Are you looking for a leak or does the engine just get hot?
It's been my experience that unless you have the timing too advanced (not probable on computerized engines), or there is a spun bearing (which would make noise), then an overheating problem is most likely (after the thermostat) the radiator being plugged up. It could have been partially defective to start with (no, 'flushing' doesn't usually help).
Bars leak will only make the problem worse.

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Definitely take this truck to a certified mechanic who can diagnose the problem,run from who ever is giving this advise.if the truck only reaches 220 then drive to another shop. pressure testing the cooling system should locate the problem. if you need more help get back to me and we'll go from there please rate my fix as i strive to be the best

Posted on May 20, 2009

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