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Old 06-09-2010, 09:02 PM
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ok, this is a puzzling issue for me. The truck was running/cooling just fine until I had an upper radiator hose pop, then when I flushed the system after putting a new hose, radiator cap, water outlet, and thermostat in it, it started where it will run/cool fine for about 20 mins of driving, then it begins to heat up. It has yet to actually get hot, but it starts running around 240ish and stays up there. This is running around without the AC on and the windows open. I am not sure what the problem is, but maybe someone here does? One person locally told me I might have flushed some "junk" down into the system but not got it out so it is hanging in the thermostat and keeping it open after 20 mins, but its odd that it always happens after about 20 mins of driving.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:23 PM
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based on reading some posts in other areas of the main forum, here is some more info:

-It runs/cools great when just idling, even for 40 mins!
-there is a slight clicking sound that seems to be coming from the idler pulley, maybe its really coming from the fan clutch and that's my problem?
-no coolant leaking from anywhere that I can find
-if I turn off the truck for about 10-15 mins and start it right back up it cools just fine from about 220 back down to just below 200, then doesn't have a problem until about 20 mins of driving again
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You have all the classic symptoms of a radiator that's partially stopped up.
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what's the best way to fix that? I've flushed the system 3 times and it still does it, would a professional shop be able to flush it better? have always had new cars so never had this problem before lol
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Replacement is the best fix. You can call a radiator shop and see what they have to say though.
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that's just awesome! lol was kinda thinking it might be the suggestion I got, but I will see what I can do, got laid off last week and still trying to find another job, maybe it will be good until then so I don't have to spend the money at the moment...thanks for your help!
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As long as you keep an eye on the temp gauge and don't let it overheat, you can nurse it along for a bit.
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that's what i've been doing with it....do you think maybe flushing the radiator a couple more times with a flush kit might help it some? I used the prestone total flush kit before and that's when it started all this, was told by one guy the other day it probably knocked some junk off and down into the system, which would be similar to what you are saying with the radiator, so maybe flushing it multiple more times can help and I don't think it would really make it worse lol just wanting advice before I do it so I don't make it worse or spend money that won't fix anything lol
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You may need to "burp" your radiator line.

With the truck off and cool so you don't burn yourself lol just loosen the cap so it'll bleed out the air and let it run for like 10-15 then tighten the cap up and go for a drive to see if that worked.
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I agree on the rad, but...

what temp rating was the thermostat?

And, the way you can tell if your fan clutch is bad is by grabbing a hold of the fan (engine off...lol) and wiggling it back and forth. If there is much play, the clutch is bad.

And, if the clutch is bad, DO NOT get an autozone/advance unit. Get one for Dodge. Your gas mileage and ears will thank you.
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