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2004 doge dakota 3.7 V6 I just replaced the water pump and the thermostat and it is still getting hot. I looked for a bleed valve and can not find one. any ideals

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There's a bleed valve near the upper rad. hose housing

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YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK THESE FIRST
make sure your radiator is clear and not blocked in any of the fins and openings and make sure your fan is working

u may need to flush the cooling system-could be blockage somewhere
bleed valve should be on bottom of radiator on right side looking at front of truck
if u still can't find it just remove the bottom hose on radiator-make sure engine is not hot before doing this
u can buy flush kit at any auto store
after flushing-put water if-not antifreeze
run for 15 to 25 minutes and see if it gets hot
if not-drain and put antifreeze in
if it still gets hot you may have gasket problems allowing fluids to leak out or hot gases from exhaust to get into you're cooling system
check tail pipe for steam

good luck

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