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Old 12-18-2011, 05:06 PM
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I have an 02 third gen. with a cooling issue. I replaced the radiator for the third time on this truck and since this last time the temp starts going up after i drive it for a bit when at an idle. I since then have replaced the water pump, thermostat, cap, fan clutch, and now the radiator again! Still same issue. There is alot of pressure in the system. It does leak past the cap out the lil hose so I figured I would run for a bit with the cap loose to let it bleed itself. Well when i got home the darn thing pushed a gallon of the coolant out! I dont know what else to do! I'm thinking of a coolant test to see if i have a bad head gasket but its not blowing water just oil.(185,000 beaten miles)Can anyone help???
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:23 PM
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That is a True sign of a Bad Head gasket. Do the Test any way to confirm. Remove the Spark plugs and inspect each cylinder. Be very careful now that you have that issue don't drive it or let it over heat you might cause damage to the head , valve seat and even the block.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:00 PM
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Thats what I thought! I just didnt wanna believe it. No milky oil or water out the tail pipes. Damn this truck! Cant complain to much.. This thing has more than paid for itself. Thx. I'll repost after holidays when complete.
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good luck let me know if you need any info or directions.
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Good luck bro. My first guess is blowed HG as well. You have combustion gas pressuring up your cooling system.
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Have to agree with everyone else on this. If head gasket is blown into the cylinder you burn the water/anti-freeze mixture and get the white smoke. It sounds like yours is blown in one of the cooling jackets in the head that circulates the water/anti-freeze therefore pressurizing the cooling system. You should also have gurgeling in your coolant cannister if this is the case.
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Well test shows blown head gasket or bad head or all of above. Black liquid turned green!!! This damn truck is expensive!! I hope its worth it!!! Will post back when done. Thx ram peps!!!!
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wow sorry to hear that well now is the time to build and upgrade. It might be expensive but worth every penny. go to http://www.airram.com/parts.php?categoryid=311 and check out the parts to rebuild and even Upgrade. Good Luck
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OK .. Getting ready to put the heads back on but I cant remember which way the new head gaskets go. The bevel (high side on the gasket) up or down????
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Ah crap. I just started getting the sweet smell anti freeze makes when burned in the combustion process. The radiator will pressurize after 2 minutes of running. And to top it all off, I'm starting to use some coolant and getting an intermittant miss when first starting the vehicle.

My qustion to those who have repalced the cylinder heads, who much for the parts and how much for labor. Also a good time to replace the timing chains and tensioners with 170k on the clock.

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