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dodge ram heating up!!

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by vmj, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    i have a 2000 3500 ram that heats up to over 190 when plowing or driving up hills, every once in awhile check engine light comes on so i have to stop truck and sit a bit....Wondering if anyone has had the same and what can be done???? Thanks
     
  2. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Diesel, gas?

    when did you change the coolant last?

    If it is a diesel and you dont clean the crank case vent canister at your oil changes the oil will get blown around the back of the radiator causing it to clog and heat up. The vent canister is mounted on the front of the motor behind the fan. It is plastic and has a couple holes it in with a hose going to the black canister mounted on the pump cover.

    Here is the back of my 01's radiator before I cleaned it:
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    Ian
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  3. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    yes it is a diesel
     
  4. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    coolant was change two winters ago..
     
  5. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    try cranking the heat in a pinch
     
  6. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Yeah. I bet you need to clean the radiator. I had to do that to mine. It was covered. Cleaned it and changed the coolant. Runs cool as a cucumber now.

    kevlars
     
  7. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    thanks for the advice!!!! I will be looking at that tomarrow!
     
  8. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    You can get rid of the canister and just add a hose to drip down twords the axle. That is if you can stand a few drops of oil in your driveway. :mechanic:
     
  9. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    Check the clutch on the cooling fan....
     
  10. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    i changed that last year to a better one. (SO I WAS TOLD) never locked at radiator though.....
     
  11. bh115577

    bh115577 Senior Member
    Messages: 106

  12. R.J.S. SNOWPLOW

    R.J.S. SNOWPLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    I had this same problem I change the radiator fluid and flush changed the thermostat 3 times and still would heat up and had to pull over for if to cool down
    Make a long story short I blew my trams had it rebuilt since having the trans rebuilt it stopped over heating
     
  13. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    checked radiator and it is clean.....
     
  14. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    GREAT!!!! Had tranny rebuilt quite a few years ago....
     
  15. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Did you check the front side of the radiator? That is where the oil builds up.

    kevlars
     
  16. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    looked at side fan is on. I think iys the ac cooler infont of it on other side... so i cant see..
     
  17. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Yeah. You need to look on the front of it. That is where mine was about 90% covered in oil and dirt. You can't really see it until you take it out. It is real simple to do. When I took mine out, and I saw it, I couldn't believe all the crap on it. I sprayed it down with degreaser and hosed it off real good and that took care of it. No problems now.

    kevlars
     
  18. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    Thanks... i guess im going to learn how to drain and remove a radiator this weekend...
     
  19. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 752

    So your saying your blockage was on the front of rad not on fan side where canister is? Right?
     
  20. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    from Ontario
    Messages: 3,589

    water pump is also a common problem!