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Overheating with Plow

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by turk182jbj, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. turk182jbj

    turk182jbj Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    1988 GMC 3500 110,000 miles Western Plow/Snowdog Spreader

    Truck overheats with the plow on. I have run with the blade low and see no change.
    Changed thermostat 190 degree.
    Fan clutch does not enguage until temp is around 250 (to hot)

    Going to replace the fan clutch. Any suggestions
  2. MPM

    MPM Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    My 04 was doing the exact same thing, I replaced the fan clutch and never did it again!
  3. BuffaloJoe

    BuffaloJoe Member
    Messages: 51

    Yep HD fan clutch should do it.
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Autozone heavy duty fan clutch. Should be about $75 or so and ought to solve that issue.
  5. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    As mentioned, sounds like the fan clutch.
  6. turk182jbj

    turk182jbj Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Replace the fan clutch today. Now temp running about 200 210 much better the 250. Now to get the OEM auxiliary fan running should be good. Thanks for the input Any ideas where the relay is for the aux fan ? I getting ready to wire to a toggle switch
  7. pavwa

    pavwa Member
    Messages: 33

    I replaced my fan clutch last winter and it helped a little, went out this morn for the first time this season with the plow on and it heated up to about 230 235 degrees, I have tried all the blade angles, heat blasting. It all helps a little but not enough to cool it to 210 or close....Is this a common temp even with a hd fan clutch? I havnt got any hotter than 235ish ( yet).... But hate to have to stare at the gauge worried all the time. Any help would be appreciated......and sorry to interrupt this thread but didnt see a reason to start a complete new one..
  8. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    what fan clutch did you use? What year truck? Have you flushed the system or changed the thermostat? when it heats up does dropping the plow let it cool down? If dropping the plow allows it to cool down its probably the fan clutch.
  9. pavwa

    pavwa Member
    Messages: 33

    its a 2004 2500 chevy, I know its a common prob that the fan clutch needs to be upgraded so I used napas severe duty clutch, it helps but dosnt completely solve the warm up... I parked the truck to getout and I heard the fan kick on and the temp dropped to 210, but while driving ( once and a while) it'll heat up to about 230ish.....
  10. pavwa

    pavwa Member
    Messages: 33

    I have not flushed the coolant or changed the thermostat yet, I hate throwing parts at a prob unless 100% needed....When I drop the blade it didnt seem to help to much today, last season it seems like I found the sweet spot with the blade and it wouldnd heat up that often...$85 clutch better not be going out already. only 1yr old
  11. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    how many miles are on it. mine just hit 100k and the water pump went bad. from what i have read on the 6.0 the water pumps are known to start giving trouble around that mileage. i put a new fan clutch on mine last year but i spent the extra and used an oem with a lower setting for it to come on earlier.i have had mine on in 40 degree weather and it runs the same temperature. its really sounding like it could be more than just one thing but it sounds so much like a fan clutch.
  12. pavwa

    pavwa Member
    Messages: 33

    its got 99,000 on it.....maybe ill try replacing the thermostat if it keeps heating up, then if that doesn't work maybe do the water pump.....hate to think its the fan clutch again but ill test it as soon as i can...Thanks.
  13. plowin207

    plowin207 Member
    Messages: 89

    not trying to hijack the thread but my 03 1500hd is overheating too just wondering if this is the heavy duty fan clutch I nedd
    Torqflo/Fan Clutch
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    Notes: Reverse rotationSevere duty thermal. Thread on type. Loosen fan clutch counter-clockwise for removal. Requires 36 mm wrench (or adjustable crescent wrench).
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    Item Grade: OEM Standard Part
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  14. pavwa

    pavwa Member
    Messages: 33

    Thats pretty much the same as what I used but just got mine from napa....
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    i would say water pump, and t-stat WITH a cooling flush even with removing the degas bottle and cleaning the garbage outta it. i have done 3 of ous 6.0s at work, all had crud in them. youd never know that stuff was in the system at all. pull the lower hose and flushed it for 1/2 hour.
    when was the last time you blew out the rad??? they get packed with crap fast!!!
  16. ProGradeSnw&Ice

    ProGradeSnw&Ice Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I had the same problem before on my '05 GMC 2500HD and went to O'reilly's and picked up this:

    Hayden - Fan Clutch

    Part Number: 2986

    Line: HDN
    limited lifetime warranty
    • UPC: 36752029860
    •Severe Duty Thermal
    •Reverse Rotation
    •Includes Heavy Duty Tow Package
    •With Air Conditioning

    At the same time I flushed coolant and replaced both radiator hoses as well as thermostat. Made a huge difference, test drove it the following day when it was 60+ degrees out with plow on. No problem what so ever. Occassionally it will still creep up to the 230 range, especially if I take the highway or turn the truck off and on.

    I have also noticed this only happens now when the transmission is getting close to 200 degree mark. Wondering if that could have anything to do with it. My plan is to install an electric fan on trans cooler and go from there. Ought to have one in my opinion anyway w/ tow package, but especially w/ a plow.

    I had also considered upgrading to a cooler thermostat, but was told by others on that truck to keep it OEM. It's frusterating to say the least, I will say that. :realmad:
  17. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Try installing a deflector on the plow. This way air flow comes into the radiator rather than being pushed over the hood by the plow.
    Sounds silly but I have done this one several trucks that ran hot and it solved the problem everytime
  18. daman

    daman Member
    Messages: 69

    ^^ yes this does work just did this today on mine, tired of 220+ temps now runs around 200-205ish.
  19. Dodge DeBoulet

    Dodge DeBoulet Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Did you install the deflector on the blade itself or on the tower/light assembly? I have a Boss 9.2 Power V and am looking for ideas. Seems like I could attach something to the bottom of the tube that the lights are mounted on; this would route air right into the radiator. I think I'd otherwise need to install 2 deflectors (since I have 2 blades).
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    Yes you would dodge,,,,i wouldn't put anything on the tower,that will deff clog up your rad with snow faster