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Old 11-12-2012, 12:02 PM
paduv9 paduv9 is offline
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Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4/5.9
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Default Overheating at times

My 2002 Ram 1500, 4x4, Quad, 5.9, (90k miles) overheats when I put any type of substantial load on it, like a trailer or a boat. However, otherwise, when the weather is cool (below 75 degrees) it does fine as a daily driver. Here are some related issues:

  • I lose about a gallon of antifreeze every two weeks or so, but I can't find any leaks, but I can often smell antifreeze.....and this is when the engine is running at normal temperatures.
  • I can't find any anti freeze mixed with the engine oil.
  • Thermostat is new and water pump and radiator seem to be operating normally.
Can anyone tell my what the problem might be? I was thinking I might have warped one of my heads, but again, I am not seeing a anti freeze mixed with the oil.

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