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  2005 dodge ram 4x4 running hot - Posted: 05-13-2011, 10:27 AM
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i need some help guys i am new to this site so if this is already on here i'm sorry in advance i have a 2005 ram with the 4.7 and i can't get it to stop running hot on me i have changed the water pump, theromostat, fan clutch, new fluid i am stuck any suggestions the truck usually only gets hot running down the road or in stop and go traffic sitting still it does fine
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 10:35 AM
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i had the same problem at one point, actually ended up being a plugged radiator that wouldn't unplug doing flush after flush. Changed the radiator and all was good with the universe.
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 11:09 AM
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since you have fixed it where does the gauge usually stay at i have only had this truck about a month now and it hasent been right since i bought it and i dont really know what normal is for this truck mine right now runs about 3 to four tick marks past half way sometimes lower and what kind of cost did you run into with the new radiator
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 11:21 AM
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since you have fixed it where does the gauge usually stay at i have only had this truck about a month now and it hasent been right since i bought it and i dont really know what normal is for this truck mine right now runs about 3 to four tick marks past half way sometimes lower and what kind of cost did you run into with the new radiator
i work at a carquest parts store in colorado. a new radiator for you truck is $183.99 from us for a brand spankin' new spectra brand. hope that will get you in the ball park
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 12:17 PM
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4.7's have a bad habit of warping and cracking heads or bad head gaskets after running hot.
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 12:19 PM
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mine sits below halfway by a few clicks and i am running a stock t-stat right now. my guage stays there no matter how hard i romp on it.
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 12:28 PM
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mine has never gotten to the last big mark before red i seem to catch it before it gets to hot no dummy lights have ever come on i have checked the oil no signs of coolant in the oil or anything like that i am going to try a new radiator cap today if no luck i guess i will change the rad. out if this doesnt fix it i guess to the shop it goes i purged the air out of the system would it be wise to maybe try that one more time
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 12:49 PM
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also so i just wanted to mention i live in north centeral alabama and we are already having about 85 to 90 degree temps. outside i dont know how much this would effect this just wanted to throw it out there and the t-stat is a 195
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 12:51 PM
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I think the CHECK GAUGE does not come on until the coolant temp is 252F. Got that on mine the day after putting in my e-fan. Turned out to be a air pocket.
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4.7's have a bad habit of warping and cracking heads or bad head gaskets after running hot.
I ran mine like this for quite awhile before i got it figured out and i have no warped heads or blown gaskets.
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 Posted: 05-13-2011, 11:03 PM
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My last 3 Dodge trucks all ran about a tick below the halfway mark. It's an 05, replace the radiator. It's cheap insurance. Redline Water Wetter also works, but not on a plugged radiator. It helps the fluid absorb & dissapate heat faster by reducing the surface tension of the water.
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i had this probelm last week and found out it that my radiator was pluged and replace it along with a new fan clutch and thermostat and now it stays in the middle or below.
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 Posted: 05-16-2011, 03:14 PM
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well i replaced the radiator cap saturday as a last ditch effort just to see if it would work and so far so good it hasnt got above half way but temps have been a bit cooler outside so i guess i will have to wait and see when it warms up outside what it is going to do but thanks for all the help on this guys i have found this web site really helpful
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