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Old 08-05-2011, 11:25 AM
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Ok so ive replaced all the gaskets, all the hoses, the clutch fan, the water pump, the radiator, and the thermostat and it is STILL overheating, but only when im sitting still like at a red light or when im stop go stop go in traffic. Also I dont know if this has anything to do with it but when I turn my A/C on it does nothing but blow hot air.
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Sure sounds like a fan issue....AC not blowing cold makes sense if it had a fan not working properly as the condenser is not pulling air through to cool it. Are you sure you put the thermostat in the correct way, with the correct orientation? This does matter. Also could be air purged in the coolant. To make sure all the air is out of the system do this: Lift front of vehicle slightly so that radiator cap is elevated. With engine cold, unscrew radiator cap, start engine, turn the temperature knob as hot as it goes, and switch the vent selector to the floor. let the engine get to operating temperature, as the thermostat opens and closes, the coolant will flow through the engine and throught the heater core and should purge all air to the highest point (radiator cap opening). Let it run at operating temp for 5 min then you should have all air out. It's gotta be either the fan, the thermostat, water pump, or air in the system...
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I burped the hose the other day because I have a gurgling noise through the dash when I start the truck but it stops shortly after I drive it for a few mins. When I get the first chance I'll do as you suggested because everything has been replaced and is new trying to solve this problem.
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funny story, i have all the same symptoms in my truck but i dont get gurgling in the dash...ive only replaced the water pump because thats what ive had time for. i do beleive that there is a leak somewhere in my cooling system (ive seen heavy moisture coming from the hose coming out of the top of my water pump) because i carry distilled water in my truck so when it does decide to get above 210 i can just top it off....unfortunately im deploying here in a few days so i dont have time to fix it before i go.... =/
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Just a shot in the dark... Try flushing the heater core. Does the truck have good heat?? Did ac work before this problem started? You spens some bucks changing all of that for nothing to work there has to be something your missing
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Take it to a car wash and blow out radiator, we have to do that with our co. trucks once a y ear. Also I agree on core clean out.
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Have you tried replacing the temperature sensor? They do go bad and I would try a new sensor since you had revamped the cooling system. With the items you replaced, it should run at normal temps.
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having a 1997 Ram, i would suggest going to a good radiator shop, have them run the tests, usually it is FREE, they want your business

a 10 year old radiator has to be partially blocked

If it is, you can pull it yourself & save money, or have them pull it
they will tell you when they do the tests, whether it needs RODDING OUT, or replacing
A new radiator costs about $170 just to give you an idea, it may be less through the radiator shop
Rodding Out should be less
Labor cost is the killer, so if you do it yourself, you would save a bit
have the shop tell you if you need new hoses
also have them flush the heater core
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