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Old 03-28-2011, 12:16 PM
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I have had my ram for about a month now and it has the 4.7 V-8 in it. Over the weekend, I finally got to pull a couple trailors. The first was a 20 ft car hauler with an S-10 Blazer on the back and my temperature gauge said the truck was trying to run hot. The second was a 15 ft lawn mower trailor with some furniture. This trailor just moved my temperature gauge a little bit. No where near as far as the big trailor. I had my truck in the tow haul mode. Once I got home and the truck cooled, I checked the radiator and it had plenty of coolant. Is there something else I should check? My 02 Ram with the same engine didnt do that.
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Given the age of the truck, it's possible the radiator is beginning to clog up. I would give the cooling system a good back flush and go from there.
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I took an air gun and blew out the radiator. I had some feathers and dust come out. What do you mean back flush?? Drain the fluid and add new? Im not familiar with that term. Thank you for your help.
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Back flushing requires a machine and will flush the coolant in the opposite direction of normal flow. This helps loosen and remove sediment and buildup.
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It's an 07, what do you mean given the age of the truck?? That thing is brand new.

I have heard some guys with the newer trucks talk about how their temp gauges move while towing or on long distance trips. I have not witnessed this with my Hemi, but it has been discussed. Not sure if it is technically "normal" or not but you might try flushing the radiator and refilling with new Mopar spec anti-freeze and maybe a new thermostat (they are cheap and easy to change). If it still does it, take it into the dealership and let them relieve your stress by telling you it's normal. Make sure you have them note that you brought it in for these symptoms so that if anything happens in the future relating to the cooling system, they will hopefully cover you.
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a 6 year old vehicle could use a proper back flush, no matter what engine is in it
crud builds up within the tubes, even though you may have always used the proper mixture
50% distilled water & 50% anti freeze
regular water has impurities & just draining & refilling may get rid of some of it, but, not all of it
on my last truck i had it rodded out every 4 years, my truck makes me money, i drive more than most people & i can't afford to have it overheat while on a job
so i may be going overboard with radiator maintenance, but, to me its worth it

my '09 thermostat went bad at about 35,000 miles, which surprised me
my hoses & belts will get replaced before this winter
i now have 42,000 miles miles on it
i bought it in February '09
another thing that surprised me was having to replace the U-joints already
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2007 + 6 = 2013... I think it is only 4 years old, if that.
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