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We just removed our catalytic converter on a 1995 Dodge Dakota, cause it was bad... and I know...not suppose to do it, but didn't have a choice at this time. We'll replace it soon as we can, for now... just straight to muffler, but.... the problem is, within 5 miles, the truck ran "completely hot".., blowing steam out from under the throttle body area.., on to the valve cover, etc.., no hoses off, no holes in hoses. Can't find where the water came from?, or why?

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  • Lynn Burris Jun 23, 2009

    Did not touch any hoses! Husband watched while shop cut converter off, and re-welded piece of pipe in place! Didn't touch 02 sensor. (only one way up front of converter).., so did NOT touch any hoses! It was 100 deg's here today tho.., 114 heat index! Thanks

  • Lynn Burris Jun 23, 2009

    thank you! Guess we can ck those.., however; we saw the steam rising from under, around the throttle body - air filter area, and water and antifreeze, ended up ONLY, on top of the engine, the valve cover's, fuel injector parts, etc.. Nothing came out on the ground! Not to say, that these 2 things didn't somehow get disturbed, but just not sure how that coulda happened.., and like I said, it was already running pretty hot before that was done, in the middle day, and 100 deg's! We just hope that changing the backpressure, by removing that, and all the elements caused it to just PLAIN overheat!! Will ck that tho! Thanks

  • Lynn Burris Jun 25, 2009

    Help! okay... got the CatCon figured out, busted a radiator hose, got that replace, now the cooling system is working just great!, BUT!!.. after it's been running just fine, all the sudden AGAIN, went to crank it, and sounded like about 3 cyl's running.., turned off, cranked it.., maybe 4 or 5 cyl's hitting.., ran it a couple mins, and it smoothed right out; however.., pushing on the gas, doesn't seem to have much "power" Again!!!.. like trash in the fuel, or water.., which we put sta-bil in, and other water stuff, and ran more gas thru it..., but it's missing some, and not picking up power like it should! Can you tell me, WHERE a "bleeder valve is" for the fuel?? Dodge Dokata 5.2 ltr 95! Been told that maybe air in the fuel system, to bleed it, but don't know where to do that?!!! Been a combination of problems with this truck, most of which we've resolved, but once again..., it seems to be doing this inconsistent "thing"!!! past posts, done, 02 sensor, catcon,plugs,radiator hoses, vacuum lines.., but either the PCM is messing up, or there's a fuel system problem ???? Thanks

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You reconnected a hose to the wrong port

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  • boss dad Jun 23, 2009

    there is abypass hose that goes to the intake manifold right above the oxy sensor, it is a difficult threaded connection that rusts or corrodes --- it may have gotten disturbed or struck just hard enough to start it leaking. It is a warm up line for the intake manifold. Or, if you have an auto trans, a cooling line from the trans to the radiator may have gotten disturbed. They are in that area also.

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