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2000 durango heats up climbing hills or putting load on the engine for extended periods?

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There are a couple possibilities that come to mind: thermostat could be sticking (inexpensive and a good maintenance item - by a quality one, never a cheap one, and not a fail safe), the cooling system could be partially plugged, the coolant could be poor (both of these items can be cured with a cooling system flush) or these could be something restricting air flow through the radiator. good luck!

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The cruise is designed to be used on flat (or semi-flat) stretches of highway at 55mph or higher so you don't have to hold the fuel pedal the whole time and your foot doesn't get tired. The cruise control system will try it's best to keep your vehicle rolling at the set speed, increasing/decreasing the throttle to compensate for changes in engine load.

If you are driving with cruise on, try lightly putting your foot on the pedal and you might notice that the system will actually move the pedal itself. If you are in cruise, and you come up to a large hill, try putting your foot on the pedal and getting it up the hill on your own w/o cruise then resetting cruise once you are off the hill.

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