DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > 2ND Generation Dodge Ram 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram Trucks > Powertrain > 5.9L V8 Specific Topics


Notices


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
United Radio
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-29-2012, 11:20 AM
Jon89 Jon89 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 25
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 5.9 V8 1500 Series
Trim Level: Laramie SLT
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
Jon89 is on a distinguished road
Default Mysterious Coolant Loss....

1999 Ram 1500-series 5.9 V8 short-bed with 64,000 miles....


For the past month or so I have noticed a faint whiff of coolant at engine start-up with the windows down. No evidence of leaks on the ground underneath the truck, no coolant mixed in with the oil or ATF. no unusual smoke coming from the exhaust, no wet hoses or joints in the engine bay. Temperature gauge continues to register in the normal range. I've had to add a small amount of coolant to the expansion tank a couple of times during that period, just a half-inch or so....

I last drained and flushed my coolant system in February 2010 just because it had been quite a few years since doing so. No coolant issues before or since....

Where could such a small amount of coolant be going?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 09-29-2012, 07:12 PM
moparornocar72's Avatar
moparornocar72 moparornocar72 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Auburn, AL
Age: 26
Posts: 3,668
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2010 Dodge Ram
Trim Level: Big Horn
Color: Mineral Grey
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 7
Rep:630
moparornocar72 is a name known to allmoparornocar72 is a name known to allmoparornocar72 is a name known to allmoparornocar72 is a name known to allmoparornocar72 is a name known to allmoparornocar72 is a name known to all
Default

a/c compressor maybe??? I would add some dye into it and keep running it
__________________
14.268 @ 95 MPH Full Trim

Proudly Sponsored by Bully's Performance
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-29-2012, 10:01 PM
Gen1dak Gen1dak is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: MS Gulf Coast
Posts: 1,598
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1990 RamCharger
Color: Red
Engine: 1988-1991 318ci (5.2L) LA V8 140hp
Rep Power: 4
Rep:85
Gen1dak will become famous soon enough
Default

My '90 had a cheap part plastic replacement radiator that turned out to have a penchant for cracking. It took a while for it to be bad enough to start leaving a puddle, thought my water pump was fading. Had all the symptoms you speak of. Not sure what yours is made of, but it could be a pin-holed hose somewhere. Best time to look for a leak of any kind is right after shutdown as heat and pressure actually rise. What you're smelling is probably pooled coolant from the previous shutdown. At startup the engine fan is blowing it to the sir, then you smell it. Look especially for evidence of pooling on the intake manifold around coolant lines and the thermostat housing.

Last edited by Gen1dak; 09-30-2012 at 03:34 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-29-2012, 10:15 PM
GTyankee's Avatar
GTyankee GTyankee is online now
Dodge Ram Forum Member

 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego East County, Ca
Posts: 19,101
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 2X4
Trim Level: quad cab SLT
Color: sunburst orange pearl
Rep Power: 20
Rep:2615
GTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond reputeGTyankee has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It could possibly be your Plenum Gasket, but that is mostly oil loss, but could also cause coolant loss

__________________
Ram 1500 SLT Quad cab, 5.7 HEMI(R) MDS VCT, 5 speed auto 545RFE, 3.55 differential gears, 18" Magnaflow muffler, EGR bug deflector, Bushwacker fender flares, customized Nfab nerf bars, CB radio, Autonet wi-fi router, custom soft tonneau cover, Line_X bedliner, DEBO Step, build date 10/15/08 a Wednesday built vehicle
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-29-2012, 11:08 PM
ramfam's Avatar
ramfam ramfam is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,020
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 1500/1982 D150
Trim Level: Base
Color: White
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:21
ramfam is on a distinguished road
Default

Mine leakes arround water pump intake for heater hosr right under compressor so its hard to see most of the time its just a matter of replace spring clamp with a standerd clamp. But don't be surprised if the leak moves elsewhere. Mine moves from one to the next weakest. Mine started at lowe hose at water pump to radiator now its at water pump.
__________________
drag racers prayer, "As I lay rubber down the street. I pray for traction I can keep. But if I spin and start to slide. Please dear god protect my sweet ride". Family truck'ster
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-29-2012, 11:25 PM
Okiespaniels's Avatar
Okiespaniels Okiespaniels is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Age: 58
Posts: 775
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge 1500 QC 4x4
Trim Level: Fleet
Color: White
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:47
Okiespaniels is on a distinguished road
Default

I 've a terrible time getting my system to seal...radiator side seal, stat gasket, freeze plug, heater core and last (and hardest one to catch) but not least, a missing clamp on the coolant recovery tank hose at the radiator. The stat gasket stunk something awful but I didn't find it until I did my plenum.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-30-2012, 12:59 PM
Jon89 Jon89 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 25
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 5.9 V8 1500 Series
Trim Level: Laramie SLT
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
Jon89 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the various suggestions. I'll take a closer look at the various coolant hose connections as well as the radiator. Maybe I can spot something I missed before....
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-30-2012, 01:27 PM
BeefcakeTheGirl's Avatar
BeefcakeTheGirl BeefcakeTheGirl is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Spring, TX
Age: 25
Posts: 8
Gender: Female
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L
Trim Level: Sport
Color: Black Crystal
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
BeefcakeTheGirl is on a distinguished road
Default

i would check your freeze plugs def, i had 2 leakin an ever-so-slight amount of coolant over long periods of time. the ones that were leakin on my 5.9 were the ones on the driver side, right by the starter and a motor mount. check those and also the ones on the front and passenger side. i'd recommend changing them to the brass ones so they last longer n stronger, also, buy a few extras: freeze plugs like to be a pain in the ass and may misshape themselves if u dont have the right tools. if you go to oreillys, the part number for dorman is for the 6cyl so u gotta call dealer and cross their part number with oreillys. hope that helps ya out. ~beefcake the girl
__________________
~All I need is my truck and my dog~
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-30-2012, 03:36 PM
Gen1dak Gen1dak is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: MS Gulf Coast
Posts: 1,598
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1990 RamCharger
Color: Red
Engine: 1988-1991 318ci (5.2L) LA V8 140hp
Rep Power: 4
Rep:85
Gen1dak will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTyankee View Post
It could possibly be your Plenum Gasket, but that is mostly oil loss, but could also cause coolant loss
There are no coolant passages associated with the intake plenum gasket.

Last edited by Gen1dak; 09-30-2012 at 03:43 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-08-2012, 06:47 PM
kccode1
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

+1 for the freeze plug. That is how mine started. Just low in the tank. no drips etc. Now I get a small puddle when I fill it but not after it leaks down. Most likely the rear upper plug. Getting ready to do all of mine.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:38 PM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum