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RAM 1500 4.7 Now over heats up hills.I replaced the water pump because it was leaking from the weap hole,then it was over heating up hills i replaced the thermostat it still over heats up hills.How do I check the fan clutch?what else should I check there are no leaks and I am not loosing fluid.

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I think this uses a fluid filled thermally controlled clutch. When the engine is cold, (and OFF), you should be able to move the fan easily by hand. Once the engine has warmed up to normal temp, park it, shut off the engine, and again try to move the fan. It should be very firm compared to when cold. (Don't push too hard on it, you can bend the blades.)

A bad fan clutch usually shows up as overheating during idle and stop-and-go driving, however. At a steady speed of above about 35 MPH, you don't need the fan. So if you are going up the hills at more than 35 MPH, I'd suspect the radiator might be somewhat plugged. You can try having it pressure flushed (that might help) but if not, you might have to replace the radiator. Try to get a higher capacity (more cores) radiator.

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