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#109 of 168 Re: 2003 Durango overheating [lisajawea]
Jun 22, 2011 (11:35 am)
Upper radiator hose assembly corrected my problem - assembly meaning including the radiator cap housing ($38 at the Dodge dealer). It can look normal but the housing is plastic and the hose connectors crack. When the vehicle is hot enough to blow steam it can appear as thought he steam is coming out of the cap (it's tough to stick your face into scalding steam to get a close look). But the steam is coming out of the housing.
#110 of 168 Re: more [lisajawea]
Jul 01, 2011 (8:52 am)
for some of you dodge owners let me tell you this vehicle is nuts i have a 2002 dodge durango that has pissed me off since the day i bought it. It overheats when it sees fit i had a flush hoses checked waterpump replaced , and a part no one even a dodge dealership never new existed called the auxillary pump many people have had success with replacing that I did for awhile it ran without overheatin but has started doing it again. took it to a dealership had the thermostat replaced 3 times. Fan works and kicks on used to spew antifreze but doesnt anymore i swear these vehicles are haunted or something one day they work perfect the next they overheat two block down the road wth????
#111 of 168 Overheating Durango
Jul 16, 2011 (12:02 pm)
This problem with overheating Durangos surely would carry enough weight for Dodge to issue a recall and fix this obvious design flaw in these trucks. I've got an 04' with the 4.7 and until recently hasnt given me much trouble. I've only went thru 3 water pumps, 3 thermostats, 2 fan cluthes and countless times of riding with the heater on full blast just to make it down the road. With summer only half over I figure either i'm looking at up to $500-$1000 total cooling system replacement or the nearest carlot willing to trade. Any advice anyone???? Oh yeah the secondary or auxillary water pump, I've removed it and just connected the two lines together with a metal coupling. Does this pump really make that much difference?? I've found a replacement online for $76 thru Bosch. My truck does NOT have rear heat/air.
#112 of 168 Re: Overheating Durango [nezz]
Jul 16, 2011 (12:13 pm)
Have you had the system fluhed? If so, did they replace the fluid with the same from Dodge? If not, it will overheat.....weird I know, but it happened with my '04. I love my Durango, but the cooling issue should carry the weight to have them recalled and repaired.
#113 of 168 2004 Durango 4.7 overheating
Aug 04, 2011 (5:11 pm)
Does anyone have any idea just where this auxiliary pump is located, somewhere under the battery maybe? What all has to be taken off to get to this pump, do you get to it from under the engine? Very frustrating trying to figure out how to stop this overheating. I've replaced my water pump which did go bad and leak antifreeze, changed the thermostat, fan seems to run fine, the auxiliary pump is the next thing to try to replace if I can locate it.
#114 of 168 Re: 2004 Durango 4.7 overheating [qltr_36]
Aug 04, 2011 (10:19 pm)
My hubby showed me where t is, it is the box that is right on the rad..top left corner
#115 of 168 Re: Overheating and stumped!! Please help! [burdawg]
Aug 10, 2011 (1:55 pm)
OK, so my husband wants me to clarify that it is leaking out the overflow slowly, even when the temp is reading normal. We've tried heavier radiator caps, and it still makes it's way to the overflow. We even replaced the upper hose assembly where the cap goes.
#116 of 168 Re: Overheating and stumped!! Please help! [hmorton]
Aug 11, 2011 (5:56 am)
"it is leaking out the overflow slowly, even when the temp is reading normal"
If that's the case, then are you sure it's not just overfilled and being forced out when the coolant expands with temperature?
#117 of 168 Re: Overheating and stumped!! Please help! [burdawg]
Aug 11, 2011 (6:06 am)
No, its not overfull. I can suck the excess that is in the overflow, fill the radiator, start my trip, drive 200 miles on the highway and the car will get hot (from loss of coolant), and take nearly 2 gallons of coolant to get going again. That is starting with a full radiator and an overflow at a good level. It just continually sends coolant to the overflow, never sucking it back into the radiator. Isn't it supposed to send coolant to the overflow ONLY when the car is hot? I filled my radiator Monday, drove around town for 2 days, and had to put a quarter of a gallon back in the radiator on Wednesday> Aaaackkk!!! Need help on what to change next!!!
#118 of 168 Re: Overheating and stumped!! Please help! [hmorton]
Aug 12, 2011 (8:13 pm)
I just had the same problem with my 2000 Durango over heating. I replaced the clutch fan drove from York Pa to Atlanta Ga. I made it 4 miles from the Ga border and broke down. I rebuilt my motor. The head gaskets where blown out and my heads where badly damaged. I bought new heads, new water pump, new hoses, thermostat, I had my engine block vated and magnafluxed to check for damage which that did come back fine. So basically I have a brand new motor now and 2500 dollars later. Just took it for a test drive today.... It runs warm but not hot. I think I might be putting a 3 wall radiator in next. I would like to find a thermostat that was like 180 or lower but according to all places I have tried they only make a 195 stat for this truck. This is want I have done so far. Not sure if it helps you but I think these trucks run to hot from factory!