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Very little heat

Heat isntvery hot .I putnew water pumpand thermostat in it but the heat isn't very hot; the radiator isntcuralating the coolant.thr temp gauge barley moves and I even put a newtemp sending unit in

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You probably have a clog somewhere in the cooling system. Remove the hoses and flush the cooling system really well. Be sure to remove the hoses at the back of the engine as well and flush the heater core too. I bet that will solve your problem.

Posted on Jan 03, 2014

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SOURCE: 98 dodge dakota slt 318. no heat, low operating temp

First thing first, turn off the engine wait for 15 - 20 mints, open the radiator cap and fill it up to the top then start the engine and see if it needs more water adn add as needed, then wait till you ca see the water circulating in the radiator now instead of corculating if it starts boiling out shut the engine replace the thermostat and do the whole thing again.

unless there is water in the engine the gauge will not be able to show the actual temp of the engine, so always malke sure you have water / antifreeze

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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There's a myriad of things to cause this.You need a wiring diagram, a hayne's manual,a test light, & good electrcal knowledge to find the problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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SOURCE: NEW RADIATOR,1 YEAR WATER PUMP, NEW THERMOSTAT,

Dont tear it apart just yet.

Is it boiling over?

I have had a similar problem with my dodge. I dont think that your engine is getting as hot as you think, unless it is boiling over. It is probably your gauge. typical dodge. Dont get me wrong I love my dodge. If its not that then maybe the sending unit. One more thing, take it down to your local muffler shop and have the catalitic converter tested. If it is pluged it will cause it to over heat in just a few minutes.

Good luck

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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Did you run the vehicle with rad cap off, and heater on (not defrost) while you were refilling cooling system? You really need to bleed the air out for a while, after, and that's why you need to allow thermostat to open and circulate coolant through the rad 2 or 3 times before putting cap back on, and add coolant as needed while doing it. If your 100% sure thermostat was installed correctly, then maybe you knocked wire off coolant switch or sensor while doing the job?

Posted on Dec 03, 2009

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get a Haynes manual and see if the water hose has a bleeder screw on a line that is up higher than most.
Usually a small line that runs over the top of the motor. I had this happen on a chevy Malibu and I just had to open the screw while running (but not hot) to bleed the air out of the line.

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