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2004 2500HD 8.1 running hot

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by secret_weapon, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    When I bought the truck 3 years ago I put a 180 deg. t-stat in it and would hold that temp. 180-185 no matter what, now just cruising around town 25-40mph empty and even on 60 deg days the temp will go up to 210-220 then the fan clutch locks up and coolant temp will slowly drop, but not to 180, only drops to 195ish. Having the heater on full does help a little. Temps are at normal when cruising on highway. Trans temps are higher too because of this.

    I've recently replaced the thermostat with another 180 deg. but no change. New heavy duty fan clutch, no change. Truck has 112k miles on it, so I replaced the water pump too. Still no change. Old coolant that was drained was still very clean looking.

    I have blown out the fins of the radiator also.
    My last thought is that the radiator has somehow become partially clogged. This being pretty pricey I was holding off, but now I am thinking this may be my cooling problem.

    Has anyone else had an issue like this or is this something common?
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    Have you back flushed the system? Take the hoses off the rad and just run water through it? And the same with the heater core?
     
  3. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    Haven't tried back flushing yet. Think I will do that after I run some cooling system flush through it. Unless someone advises not to use the flush.
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    I see no need for the flush. Just garden hose in the radiator, heater core and block
     
  5. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    take the radiator to a radiator shop and have it flow checked to see if it is blocked
     
  6. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,432

    run your finger over the fins, may be soft and not cooling correctly
     
  7. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    When I get a chance this week, I'll pull the radiator out and take it to a radiator shop and have flow tested/cleaned. If they can clean it, Awesome! If not, radiator is already out and ready for new one.
     
  8. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    Went to local radiator shop and they recommended replacing/upgrading my radiator instead of trying to clean out. Apparently mine was too small and not efficient with only a 1 row core,. Leaves me wondering why GM put in single row radiator on such a large engine that normally runs hotter. So for $240, I bought a 2 row. The original radiator has 1 1/4" thick core, the new one is 2" thick.
    New radiator installed, almost 4 gallons of fresh coolant, top up engine and trans fluids, run up to temp... Perfect!
    Now I'm ready for snow!

    Radiator2.JPG
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    That's a big upgrade. Glad you decided to go that route.....happy plowing
     
  10. plowflowmaster

    plowflowmaster Sponsor
    Messages: 8

    We have been helping people solve this problem for over a decade . www.plowflowmaster.com When you havetime, check it out.
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    . . Then why haven't we heard about this before? And what happens when you go right into a pile, is it going to bend, break, or twist? If it brings air into the radiator, won't it also bring snow? And if that's the case won't it actually plug the grill counter act it's purpose?
     
  12. plowflowmaster

    plowflowmaster Sponsor
    Messages: 8

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    Hope that answers your questions!
     
  13. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    That's kinda of neat, but getting air to the radiator wasn't my problem. Getting coolant to flow through the radiator was my issue.
    Thanks for advertising.
     
  14. plowflowmaster

    plowflowmaster Sponsor
    Messages: 8

    Thanks! Glad to hear your back up and running!
     
  15. bootstrap

    bootstrap Member
    Messages: 41

    Hey secret, I see your dyno numbers in your signature. Is that at the wheels? Because the 8.1 had more power than that stock. I assume that's at the wheels.
     
  16. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    Yes, my numbers are at the wheels. Stock ratings are at the crank.