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Old 08-24-2010, 07:58 AM
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Default well it seems the issues just keep coming - overheating

My bottom radiator hose has been dripping lately so I decided to take a look. The factory clamp was looking rusted pretty bad, so I decided I would replace it with a regular old screw type clamp and I decided to change the bottom hose out while I was at it. Turns out the bottom hose from Advance Auto is about 2" to short and apparently an '03 is the only year that has the split hose type design with a hose going up to the overflow bottle on top of the radiator.
Anyway, I end up putting the old hose back on and just used new clamps. Everything looks good...until driving back from Lowes yesterday and I hear a ding...check gauges...the temp guage is way above normal.

Now the guage never made it all the way to the top, I was able to turn it off and then drift over to the side of the road and see what had happened. Well it turns out that the heater hose from the water pump had literally blown off because the factory spring clamp had broken. I had a spare clamp, so I got the hose back on and a nice gentleman had stopped and had some jugs of water so I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then started it up and begin to add water. I figured all I needed was enough to get it home, so I added about a gallon and a half of pure water. I did notice that when I started to add the water, I could hear a popping sound coming from what sounded like the passenger side. I am hoping it was just the exhaust shield. The gauge came back down to normal and I drove it home and drained out the water.

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Do you think it got hot enough to crack the block or warp the heads?
I checked the oil and there was no milky look on the dip stick, just oil.
It started right up without any trouble and cranked like nothing was different. I guess I am just paranoid.
I am not sure what the exact temperature on the guage is..I hate 'C' to 'H' gauges without any real numbers.
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Drive and keep an eye on the gauge. Check your water and oil daily before going anywhere to see how they look. If you damaged it, you'll know it.

Sounds like you did everything right.
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Sounds like you have it under control . A guage with numbers wouldn't help ya out any better than a guage with numbers . Those gages aren't the most accurate anyway . As long as it doesn't hit 3/4 or more for a extended period of time , you'll be fine . I would have to say that the motor should be fine . It sounds like this is the first time you've had a overheating issue with it and you handled it well .
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Sounds like it will be ok. Exhaust noises from a cooling system are pretty common. Just make sure you get the proper mixture of water/coolant back in it before those wonderful Appalachian winters set in!
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Thanks for the info guys. I am heading to Napa after work to pick up some Zerex G-05 and going home to refill. I have had overheating issues with other vehicles, but the first time for a hemi. Some motors have no issues, others have huge problems.
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Overheating issues with the Hemi are pretty rare as long as you keep the cooling system maintained.
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I got it filled back up and test drove it and all seems good. Checked the oil and it looks fine. Drove it to work today, about 60 miles and so far, so good.
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