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Old 04-20-2010, 02:09 PM
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Hello all, I am new here. Just got an 04, 1500, Quad cab, 4.7l with about 54K on it and like it so far. I have a concern though...when driving around town under normal conditions my temp gauge seems normal, always under the middle line.
NOW when I hooked up my boat (around 3500lbs) and tow around the same town, the gauge goes up over the center line...the longer I tow, the higher it goes, BUT it has never gone into the red.

I'm guessing this is not normal...some increase would be, sure, but not as much and as fast as I'm seeing, right? What should I check first? (I'm obviously trying to avoid the stealership if possible.)

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No, it's not normal and since you just purchased the truck I'm going to assume that regular maintainence has not been done on it. You could try flushing the cooling system but my first educated guess tells me you have a radiator that has some blocked passages that flushing won't remedy. I've seen this happen on several Rams in the past, regardless of what engine is in them. If you have a non-contact infared thermometer you can verify blocked passages fairly easily.
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Welcome to the site. Looks like Randy has a good starting point for you.
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Thanks Randy! SO basically I need to take it to a shop, since I am not equipped with anything more than a socket set, lol.

Could I just be low on fluid (either tranny or Coolant)?
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Welcome aboard, 04RamRod. You've found the right guy with the right info. Thank you, Randy.
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Welcome to the Z! If you were low on fluid, you'd see it in the overflow cistern next to the washer fluid reservoir and the temp would climb during normal driving as well.
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