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Old 06-19-2010, 11:10 PM
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184k on 318 and am losing coolant no milky oil and no real power loss could this be a leaky intake gasket or am i looking at a head gasket. im also haveing an isse with my oil pressure light coming on and oil gauge reads 40 then when you hit the gas it drops to 0. no weird noises no knocking etc what problems am i really looking at and what are commen problems with these yrs i have a 95 thanks for the help i love my truck.
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ide check the sensor for the gauge first. as far as the coolant i had a buddy that had a leaking thermostat housing gasket. you couldn't see the leak till we took the accesory bracket off. It only leaked when it was running too. how much are you losing?
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Welcome to the forum, since I see this is your first post! As for the coolant loss, are you getting any noticeable, i.e. visible leaks? How's the temperature? I'm one that likes to start with the simple, translation - inexpensive, items first and work my way up to the more costly stuff, but with the oil gauge, I would look at the oil pressure sending unit, then the gauge and then the oil pump. Bear in mind, I am not a mechanic and I'm sure others with more experience will chime in on this for you, that's just what comes to my mind from having had similar problems with my Jeep, but good luck and be sure to keep us posted! When you get a chance, stop by and introduce yourself to everyone in the Newbie Checkin and get your official Ram Z welcome!

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thanks for the answers, the truck hasent overheated actually hasent came above 200 and normally stats around the 130ish mark but i noticed the coolant isnt all coolant there is alot of water in the system and im thinking its boiling off and is where the coolant is going. im not haveing any issuses with head gaskets or anything of the such just wanting to know where the coolant was going. truck also has a new water pump
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thanks for the answers, the truck hasent overheated actually hasent came above 200 and normally stats around the 130ish mark but i noticed the coolant isnt all coolant there is alot of water in the system and im thinking its boiling off and is where the coolant is going. im not haveing any issuses with head gaskets or anything of the such just wanting to know where the coolant was going. truck also has a new water pump
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I also would look first at the oil pressure sensor, look for a sloppy electrical connection or it being wet with oil
then i would wash off any dirt & oil off the engine compartment, cover the carburetor if it has one, keep a can of WD-40 handy to spray any electrical wires & spark plugs with IF it doesn't start afterwords. drive the truck as you normally would, & when you park it back at home, lay a LARGE piece of cardboard under the engine & transmission area, it will tell you a lot about your truck, you will see if you have any dripping & by feel, color & location just where & what is leaking
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I would have the cooling system pressure tested and be sure they check the rad cap. Could be it's not holding pressure.
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thanks for the answers, the truck hasent overheated actually hasent came above 200 and normally stats around the 130ish mark but i noticed the coolant isnt all coolant there is alot of water in the system and im thinking its boiling off and is where the coolant is going. im not haveing any issuses with head gaskets or anything of the such just wanting to know where the coolant was going. truck also has a new water pump
was the coolant pre mix? or did you mix it your self?
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pre mixed?? you mean someone pays for a 50/50 mix?? why pay for 50% water???
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pre mixed?? you mean someone pays for a 50/50 mix?? why pay for 50% water???
yah should have been named dumb dumb mix.
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