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96 dodge ram runs hot.....replaced everything...help!

I have a '96 Dodge ram 5.9 ltr. it runs around 210 deg. in the winter and in the summer it runs 220 or more. I am afraid of blowing the head gasket, what can I do? I've flushed the cooling system, that didn't work, I replaced the thermostat, didn't work, replaced radiator, that didn't work, water pump, did nothing, radiator cap, nothing, what's left? Oh, it seams to run cooler at lower speeds around town as long I'm not stopped more than a minute or so, but runs hotter at higher speeds. Anyone know what's wrong? I want to fix this before something major goes wrong. Everything else on truck good, no signs of blown head yet. Does go through oil but I've been told plenum gasket in intake is bad. Would this also cause it to run warm?

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I think it really depends on the truck it's self. I replaced my water pump and it now ideals and runs at 180-200F all the time even in 110F weather and it passed Cali's emissions with flying colors. The only thing I can say is run 75% water and 25% coolant. It might help cool it due to coolant retaining so much heat

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That's the temp they run at.

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Gosh...in this day and age that is not that hot.which is hard to believe. are you experiencing temp gauges in the red or overheating? Im seeing some vehicles blazing at 250- 260 F and still rambling on ...I like the old 180 degree days from the past personally but due to USA emmission laws,some of these engines need to run this hot to pass rigid emmission standards

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