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Jul 29, 2009 (9:33 am)
Ok, I'm at a loss. My truck started overheating about a month ago... I have replaced the thermostat, heat temp sensor and bad hoses but it is still overheating. I checked the water pump (did not take it off) and it looked fine. There was no wiggle and nothing coming out of the weep holes plus with the top radiator hose off i started the truck and fluid gushed out everywhere. Then I took out the thermostat to see how it ran without one, no change... So not a bad thermostat, temp sensor or water pump. When I took the thermostat out there was no fluid in the block and my radiator was full.............. Please help WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY TRUCK. AND WHY IS IT OVERHEATING I am usually very good at finding the problem and fixing it but this I can't figure out.
#51 of 94 Re: 95 Dakota Overheating [engineer_andy]
Jul 29, 2009 (5:15 pm)
I had the same thing happen to me on my 97 dakota. I replaced EVERYTHING in the cooling system except the radiator. Guess what it was... the radiator. Same thing you described... radiator seemed to work fine. I even tried flushing it first. Guess it just had a bad core. Put a new one in and temp was perfect and no problems since. Hope this helps.
Aug 14, 2009 (10:49 am)
Help this Truck has Me Stuck ..
today i learned a trick on the odometer code and how to get the code
first last yr there was fluid in my passenger floor board , then no heating or cooling followed that , when i checked my radiator it was almost empty , i filled it up and i have heating and cooling again , so I Had a new radiator put on and it is still loosing flood but not in my floor and not on the road or in my oil , so i had it preassure check and couldnt find any fluid coming out anywhere , my engine light is on and the odometer code is P0045, I call a Dodge dealer mechanic and he says there is no code like that for my truck . imagine that !
Also Adv.Auto did there dianostic and it says emmission leak , i have had the gas cap to cause the engine light to come on but now it is not that , also when i try to pump gas in my truck it fills up to the nozzle and the pump kicks off.
Please advise me , Im stuck about this truck .
#53 of 94 Re: 2000 Dodge Dakota [bridledspirit]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Aug 15, 2009 (9:28 am)
When the tank fills to the point where it kicks the pump out instead of stopping normally, that's usually a tank ventilation problem - in this case, the vent is continuing to release air and thus the tank doesn't think it's full. This is considered an emissions problem.
The loss of radiator coolant sounds like a heater core or water pump problem where it's primarily leaking while you're actually moving at speed. You probably need to have your truck on a dyno or on a lift where someone can simulate driving while another tech checks for leaks while the engine is well above idle.
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#54 of 94 Water pump issues 06 dakota quad cab
Aug 13, 2009 (8:18 am)
#55 of 94 Water pump issues 06 dakota quad cab
Aug 12, 2009 (8:24 am)
Help...I have a 06 dodge dakota quad cab it has the 4.7 v-8 magnum.My problem is that it is going through water pumps.I have replaced the water pump twice and this morning I go out and it's leaking again.The pumps are lasting about 3000 miles then they go out.I had everything checked to make sure nothing was warped on the last installation and mechanic said everything checked out ok.If anyone has an Idea of why my truck is eating water pumps please let me know.I'm installing pump 3 this week.Thanks
#56 of 94 Re: Water pump issues 06 dakota quad cab [cuttdog]
Aug 13, 2009 (8:18 am)
My '05 QC, same engine as yours needed new head gaskets last month, at 18,000 miles! When the dealer was looking at it, he mentioned that there was coolant leaking leaking from the water pump, so it was replaced as part of the head gasket job. I had not noticed any leaking up to that point.
Where is the leak? From the weep hole at the bottom of the pump, or someplace else?
If it's leaking from the weep hole, it probably means the bearings and/or seal is gone. The question is why? What coolant are you running? Is your drive belt for the water pump on correctly and not skewed?
#57 of 94 help my son's dakota is leaking
Nov 11, 2009 (9:06 am)
help my sons Dodge Dakota is leaking cant figure out from where he said he notices water by passengers side : ; : 1999 Dakota
#58 of 94 2001 Dodge Dakota Cooling Problems
Nov 20, 2009 (2:10 pm)
I recently change out the top hoses because there was a crack in middle section that has the radiator cap . Now I am going through a lot of anti freeze and am not seeing it leaking out any where . I thought maybe the problem was that I did not bleed the air out of the hose but am not sure if it will fix the problem . I have to re fill the resevior everytime I travel over 60 miles. Help?
#59 of 94 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota Cooling Problems [tonie234]
Nov 21, 2009 (3:13 am)
Even if you have some air in the system, that would not explain the loss of coolant.
Though, if when you filled it back up there was lots of air in the system, it could take a while for all the air to percolate to the highest point in the system, which would make it look as if the coolant level was dropping.
How much coolant have you had to add after replacing the hose?