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How common is a stuck thermostat or overheating.

How common is a stuck thermostat on an overheating 2000 Dakota and what are the signs of a bad water pump?

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A stuck thermostat is fairly common (especially if it's original on your truck). If the thermostat is stuck, its common for antifreeze to back up into the reservoir tank. I

A bad water pump will normally overheat at lower speeds. If you notice the engine temp comes down when you turn on the heater, it's most likely the water pump.
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Stuck thermostats are common.. if it is stuck closed it will overheat,(very Bad), if stuck open - (this is no way as big of a deal) you car will not heat up as fast when cold. bad water pups will leak from aronnd the housing or make noise (or both)
remove the belt and if you can turn the pully by hand and it turns smothly and without noise chances are the pump is probally good.

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