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Sever overheating issues with 2001 Dodge Dakota 4.5l extended cab pick up after 15 min of driving.

I have replaced hoses, clamps, radiator cap, clutch fan,radiator, thermostat and waterpump. It still over heat within 15 min of normal driving.

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The only things you have left is to check the heater and make sure it is not plugged or else the temp. sw. is giving you a false reading. I am assuming you replaced the rad. and heater hoses.

Posted on May 21, 2017

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    Yes I did replace the radiator. But the funny this is that the heater does not work in the truck. Blows cold are period. We where going to replace the water pump with an upgraded one?"



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Still overheating...suggestions?

What type fan is your car running, is it electrical or fan belt driven.

If you have a problem with the Radiator being clogged, you can tell by checking for cold spots on the rad, also the top hose will be hotter than the bottom, both should be same temp. If electrical fans both should be on when the AC is on. If fan driven Viscous filled clutch type, with the engine at operating temperature, engines stopped; the fan blade when spinned by hand should spin but stop rotating very quickly, if it seem to free heel for a longer period you may need a fan clutch.. Just throwing this out there need more info.. Water pump? squeezing the top rad hose you should feel water circulating, a surging effect as the water try to expand the restriction. Thermostat is opening and allowing water to register hot on your instruments. Blown head gasket? test for combustion gasses in the radiator. They sell a test kit. Since your overheating is intermitting and If you have a belt driven fan I would change out the fan clutch..

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2004 dodge dakota p/u is overheating after a 10 mile ride. new water pump, new upper radiator hose with 13 psi cap. radiator removed and checked at shop. said it has good flew. will replace lower...

Have you checked the thermostat?

Once the engine is up to operating temp both the upper and lower hoses should feel about the same temp and the radiator should be hot all the way across. If the hoses are two different temps and the radiator never gets hot than there is a flow issue. Most likely the thermostat is stuck or partially stuck closed.

The other possibility is you have not burped all the air out of the system after you made the repairs. It is important to let the vehicle warm at at idle with the radiator cap removed to help remove the air in the system. Once the engine is up to operating temp raise the RPM a little and continue to add coolant as necessary. Once the coolant level remains steady replace the radiator cap and test drive.

Hope that helps. If you have any more questions I'll be happy to answer them.

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Truck blew upper radiator hose changed that and thermostat still over heating think its air bound any way to bleed 2001 dodge dakota

remove the radiator cap, leave it in park, start up and let it idle. turn on the heater so the air gets out of the heater core. give it 15 or 20 min. after it reaches operating temperature. if needed, do it again. also remember your thermostat may be bad

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