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Old 07-31-2010, 07:16 PM
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Alright so today i went and test drove a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. It was driving fine. Their was just a little vibration under the passengers floor board. Kinda felt like one of those pop out top mint cans. Thats not the problem though. When we were driving we noticed that the water temp was fluctuating between 200-215 degrees. I know its common for Dodge Rams and Jeeps to run at some what higher water temps but what im worried about is how the water temp went up and down so often. What could the problem be? Is the radiator clogged? Also, the fluid in the engine coolant overflow thing (which was practically empty) the fluid was rust red? I think it might need a new radiator and heater core.
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clogged rad water pump tstat issues

id get a tstat and a flush n go from there
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clogged rad water pump tstat issues

id get a tstat and a flush n go from there
Sounds like the same thing Ive had twice on me and its always the waterpump/thermostate combo.
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this is why Im no fan of dodge
Ive done many head gasket jobs caue one took out the other
2 were on my trucks one on a borrowed truck my mom had

definatly something to get checked
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Check the water level cold and hot in the overflow can. Service accordingly if needed. When the engine is cold remove the radiator cap look into the radiator and see if you have good flow from the top return hose on the radiator with the truck running at idle. Check to see if the oil looks milky or if the antifreeze has oil in it. Either are signs of a blown head gasket.

1. Change to a new 16 lbs radiator cap.
2. Service with water.
3. Listen for bearing sounds or grinding from the waterpump.
4. The serpentene belt could be slipping.
5. Tap the thermstat housing with a hammer lightly to dislodge thermostat if it is hung up.
6. Could be the water temp sending unit going bad.
7. Loose ground on the factory gauge.
8. Bad water pump.
9. Radiator blockage
10. Head gasket issues.
11. Check oil level and oil for metal. It could have bearing issues and temp really goes up if you work it hard.
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Another problem could be plugged cooling fins. I live ina rural area and do a lot of gravel road driving. Bugs are a real problem. People around here put window screen behind the grill in front of the radiator. My truck didn't have a screen and was over heating. I blew out the bugs with high pressure water nozzle.(being careful to hit the radiator straight on so it doesn't fold the fins over) and put a screen on it. I also flushed the system. No more overheating problems.
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I would suspect either the T-stat or the temp sender, also check the owners manuel for the type of coolant used, there is a red type out there and that maybe whats in the rad now.
As mention above, make sure the rad is not clogged with bugs and dirt and a coolant change might be in order.
You can purchase a small coolant checker that tells you if the coolant is any good or mixed properly for about five dollars.
Also grap ahold of one of the fan blades (engine off) and wiggle it back and fourth, if there's any play in the water pump you will feel it this way.
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Having a low coolant level will also cause your symptoms, while I dont know your finacial siuation, if it were me this is what I would do,

Being the truck is a 96
-Replace the radiator cap with a 16lb new one
-Replace the thermostat, its cheap and easy
-wiggle the water pump pulley ANY SIGNS OF PLAY REPLACE IT
-Flush your coolant out, and replace with new
-Replace the serpitine belt

All this will cost around 130-200 dollars, stay away from autozone parts, Napa and Carquest seem to have the best factory replacment parts unless you buy factory mopar stuff that you pay way too much for.

The whole job will run you around 4 hours or so (if you do everything listed) and you can have piece of mind knowing your basically have a brand new cooling system.

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I know the best fix for the problem...Get a FORD!
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ANd then use the trade in value from the ford and get a chevy LMAO sorry had to
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