Question about 2000 Dodge Durango
When the car is completely cool,check the electric fan(s) for smooth rotation.
Clean/check/change the thermo sensor,contact and wire.
Excavate air pocket in coolant system / check for head gasket leak
This test will kill two birds with one stone.
MAKE SURE THE COOLANT SYSTEM and ENGINE IS COLD!
RAN THIS TEST IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA ONLY!
You will spill some coolant during this air pocket purge test.......BE KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT and ANIMAL please clean up after the test!
Put the front end on a pair of ramp or park your car on a VERY STEEP HILL (radiator facing top of the hill) .
Top of the coolant reserve tank
Let it ran for 10-15 minutes.
Monitor for air pockets escaping from coolant reserve tank.
Small amount of bubbles is OK at 1-5 minute mark
After the thermostat open up (after 195 F warm up) at
5-12 minute mark or after high idle you should see less bubbles.
If you do not see any in rush of bubbles then your thermostat may be partially stuck or rusted badly inside the thermostat hosing.
Give the thermostat host few gentle taps.
If you see larger bubbles surfacing after 15 minutes then should do a hydrocarbon (HC) dye test to test for potential head gasket leak.
Let engine cold down and top off coolant reserve tank.
Start monitor for coolant lost
A coolant flush is require every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
I recommend the thermostat that has a relief pop-let to reduce the change of burst radiator and coolant hoses.
Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.
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Posted on Dec 05, 2009
Check all hoses and also check to see if the water pump is leaking underneath which is a sign its bad
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check power steering rack. on the camarys its alittle more common than most cars. poke a hole in the boot and watch for a leak. Nothggn should come out of there. If you have fluid coming from the boots then your internal seals are leaking on the rack. a small hole will not hurt the rack if nothing comes out.
Also check your power steering pump shaft. sometimes the seal will leak
I think your over heating problem may be a different problem all together.
Hopefull that helps.
Posted on Apr 29, 2009
Hook up a cooling system pressure tester. If you have a pin point leak, the pressure from the tester will shoot coolant out of the leaking area.
Posted on May 17, 2009
Check your thermostat. It may be sticking and keeping the coolant from flowing, hence the overheating. Where above the water pump is it leaking? Hopefully you didn't blow a head gasket.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
Go to the autozone website at autozone,com and register your vehicle. It's free and will give you access to an online repair manual for your vehicle. The steps for replacing the water pump on your car should be found there. Sure hope this helped and best wishes.
Posted on Aug 01, 2009
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