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I have a 2001 Durango SLT it overheated put gasket fix and it seemed to help but now no power when driving and dies if u let off the gas?? Replaced timing chains 2yrs ago

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Gasket fix rarely will work and you need to do a head gasket repair and check the heads for cracks at local machine shop, it's a typical problem with those engines.

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  • Julie Nov 23, 2014

    Was told if no water in oil heads are fine..
    I'm a girl but have done my own mechanicing for yrs. What I'm experiencing is like a blockage or air in the fuel line, jump replaced fuel pump? Had great power before the overheating incident

  • Shawn Scroggin Nov 23, 2014

    Well that's good, also I had a Durango and now a Ram they share same engines etc, sounds like your TPS (Throttle Positioning Sensor) it's an easy fix about a $40-$50 part and 10 min to change out. It sits on the Left side of the Throttle body disconnect Neg battery cable. As far as your air in the coolant system, run the truck for 20 min or till it reaches operating temp, watch that it does not overheat, let cool and top off coolant, be sure to turn heater on inside car.

  • Julie Nov 23, 2014

    Sweet.. Thanks that's an easy fix, crossing my fingers!!


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