1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

2001 3500 diesel overheating

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by tastebeer, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. tastebeer

    tastebeer Member
    Messages: 81

    I have a 2001 3500 diesel, auto tranny that started overheating with the plow up on the last snow. It has NEVER done this in the past and as far as I can tell, nothing has changed. The radiator is full, the tranny is full and both are clean. It does not go much past the upper normal limit but I have plowed the same way for 8yrs with this setup and I have never had the temp go beyond the lower normal limit with the plow up. Any ideas/suggestions as to what I should look for to correct this? My initial thought is the fan clutch that may not locking in when the temp starts to rise. Any info will be helpful.
     
  2. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    I would start with the front of the rad and look for something blocking the air flow. Not sure if your clutch is mechanicial or electricly driven clutch. If electric check the fuses and wiring, perhaps it wiggled loose. Mechanicial ones will have a resistance when spining them by hand. No resistance then the clutch is wiped out.
     
  3. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    75% of the time it's a bad fan clutch.
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    When was the last time you did a thorough cleaning on the radiator itself.



    ..........
     
  5. tastebeer

    tastebeer Member
    Messages: 81

    the radiator was cleaned 2yrs ago, there is no external blockage on the radiator or tranny cooler.
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    You don't think there is a possibility that it could be clogged again?

    And when you say no external blockage, are you looking at the AC condenser or the radiator?


    .............
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Degrease and pressure wash the radiator.
     
  8. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Don't pressure wash a rad. Car wash,ok. Garden hose, ok.
     
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Any self serve car wash "pressure wash" will be fine, thats what I meant sorry. Don't go using an 8000PSI commercial pressure washer and don't keep the nozzle 2"s away.
     
  10. tastebeer

    tastebeer Member
    Messages: 81

    I changed the fan clutch, the bearings were worn, not sure if this was the problem, I drove it today (outside temp around 38deg) and the temp ran mid normal. This was with the plow in the raised position. I will see when I load the spreader (8ft with 6in extender sides) if I have any more overheating issues.