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Dodge Durango 2004 is overheating even though I took out the thermostate, prior to that it would go hot and then back down to normal?

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  • philipalves6 Aug 29, 2010

    The temp gage goes up but then will go down to a normal setting. I don't know if the clutch fan is working or not. What is the best way to test the fan? I apologize for the way that I placed my question.

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Your new thermostat may be defective but more than likely your water pump may be worn out or slipping due to a worn serpentine belt. Check the condition of the belt & replace if necessary. Also with engine cool remove the rad cap & start the engine. AS the thermostat opens the coolant should be visibly moving in the rad & if it is not you may have to change the water pump. Hope this helps you & good luck!

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Removing the thermostat will make it overheat faster since the coolant is not stopping in the radiator to cool off, if it was overheating with the thermostat in and with it out and you have made sure the fan is working, then you have a crack/warped head or a blown head gasket.

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    Randy Hough Aug 29, 2010

    You can just look at the fan and see if it is turning at the engine speed and if it speeds up with the engine, Does the gauge ever go into the red area?

  • philipalves6 Aug 29, 2010

    yes it has gone into the red and then goes into normal area. When I have stopped to check out the problem there is no over heating from the point of boiling over no steam or anything.

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