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#137 of 163 2003 Dodge Durango 4.7 V8
Nov 14, 2011 (1:34 pm)
My Durango is experiencing similar overheating problems. It stared about 3 months ago. The first time it overheated it was on a fairly cool day (I wasn't using the A/C) the temp sensor went off so I pulled to the side of the road. When the car overheated the pressure built so much that it made a pin sized hole in my upper radiator hose so coolant went everywhere. After that I had both the lower and upper hoses and the thermostat replaced. I have also had the coolant purged and replaced. The car ran great for about a month and then it overheated a few more times. Every time it over heated it was on a fairly cold day and I was only traveling for 10-15 minutes. Also one thing I have noticed when it overheats, even though the temp gauge is at 1/2 the car blows cold air.
I have checked the coolant levels, non appears to be leaking. The car has just under 140,000 miles on it.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
#138 of 163 2003 Dodge Durango Sporadic Overheating
Nov 14, 2011 (1:41 pm)
Well the Durango I recently posted about, I have gotten rid of. On a trip to see my parents it began overheating severely out in the middle of nowhere and left me stranded. After waiting 1.5 hours on the side of the road and more time in the service shop, they told me that it had finally blown a head gasket and that was the minimum of my worries on the Durango. So I decided enough was enough and we traded it in. I hated to see such an awesome little truck go, but I am relieved to know I won't be left on side of the road.
#139 of 163 Durangos Over Heating
Nov 16, 2011 (1:19 pm)
Hi Guys ... I had been struggling with my Durango over heating since 2008 ... Finally this summer I saw a post on here from "Mike" ... I did exactly what he said .... And it solved the over heating problems ... I put a new rad in and a $60 trans cooler (from AutoZone) ... Many thanks and blessings to Mike !!!
#140 of 163 Re: Durangos Over Heating [1sassygirl]
Nov 16, 2011 (9:58 pm)
I am so happy that worked out for you. I am still driving mine with no problems. As far as gas milage I would replace the spark plugs. I know your probley say you have done this already but, two reasons why. There only only two types of plugs I would put in my truck and only one place I would get them from. The first plug is an NGK plug. Pretty much anybody carries them. The second plug honest escapes my mind but I wouldn't worry about it to much. Get the plugs from napa. The reason why is napa has a much better plug and yes you tend to pay a dollar much bur you have to break it down like this napa has class a plugs and your other notational chain store have the dollar cheap b plugs. Although they are the same in appearance they don't fire as
Good. I would to air and fuel filter. Aside from that I would go next 2'fill ups and put sea foam in the tank. Napa sells it and I'm sure other do to. Bit expensive but it will get rid of water in the gas.
Try that and let me know how you make out
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#141 of 163 Re: 2003 Dodge Durango 4.7 V8 [jesposito9027]
Nov 21, 2011 (10:16 pm)
I have a 2001 Durango R/T 5.9L 4WD w/towing package.
Fought the problem and replaced the damaged radiator as well. Still smelled antifreeze and kept losing coolant as well. Found a small puddle behind front passenger tire and traced it to a device on the firewall (passenger side). After much research, the problem and solution was to replace this - the auxiliary water pump. The air is cold because this pump isn't working and probably has a leak causing the overheating as well. found one online through ebay for $89, same as OEM but Bosch (better). This overheating also caused my water pump to weep as well and replaced it too.
#142 of 163 Re: Coolig system problem [pmalley]
Dec 01, 2011 (9:40 am)
Hi, I've been having the same problem, replaced thermostat, fan clutch, no leaks, the same thing's happening, 'can't even drive my durango pass 30mi & it starts to heat up, you go uphill & temp easily goes up to 90%. After having the fan clutch replaced, it started to make a noise as if it is a V8 & doesn't shift well as it used to. When I first got it, the radio unit used to heat up so bad you'd be afraid to touch it, I didn't pay much attention then. Is there anything that manufacturers can do about this since so many owners are complaining? Thanks.
#144 of 163 Re: 2003 Dodge Durango Sporadic Overheating [galvestongal]
Dec 05, 2011 (10:17 am)
start by checking your heater core it could be cloged and therefor slowing down the coolant in the engine causing it to over heat good luck
#145 of 163 Re: 2003 Dodge Durango Sporadic Overheating [galvestongal]
Dec 05, 2011 (10:19 am)
oh one more thing does your coolant system need to be bled if there is air in the system that can cause it to over heat as well
#146 of 163 slowly loosing antifreeze
Dec 10, 2011 (1:32 pm)
I brought my car into the dealership due to seeing red fluid under my car (transmission fluid). As I explained the problem to the associate he actually spoke down to me (since I'm apparently just a girl) and tried to tell me it was anitfreeze and that I had red antifreeze. I had to explain that mine was green and this was transmission fluid leaking through the radiator area. As it turns out, I was right and my radiator was replaced (which I told him to fill with green antifreeze); however, he called to say that my anitfreeze was low and they had smelled a burnt smell. He wanted to do a pressure check because he was guessing my head gasket was going which would be 4000 dollars. Of course I didn't trust him by the way he treated me originally, but now my antifreeze is down some in just a month of having the radiator replaced. What could be the cause of this? Is the jerk correct? I have no overheating problems, nor any other kind. Help!