Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

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Re: Help with overheating on my truck

Post by narnwv » Thu May 16, 2013 9:55 pm

Juice wrote:The 4.7, throw it out n the garbage. 4bt or 5.7 should fix it
Tom, let me know if you toss the 4.7

I'd take the 4.7 (especially the H.O) over 16 spark plugs any day.
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Re: Help with overheating on my truck

Post by tupton » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:54 pm

UPDATE

Well, after battling the overheating problem for a few months I think I can give a little insight to what I think was the problem.

Main issue was this engine was losing coolant. Couldn't really tell how bad, but I needed to top off the radiator about every 50 miles or so. Wasn't too worried because I just drive back and forth to work.

All that changed with a trip to Sutton Lake pulling my new camper! By the time I got to Amma the engine had redlined and I could see the tell-tale white smoke of coolant being burned when I gave it the gas. Those last few miles really made me nervous! I was sure hoping I didn't drop a rod on the interstate with the family and a camper at dusk! I got to the Servia rest area and the engine puked up coolant. I let it cool and then added a bottle of coolant. It stayed mostly cool until we got to the campground, but the engine now had a nice loud piston slap, no doubt from overheating. Nothing I could do until after the trip.

After pondering the situation, my best guess is the engine had a crack in the block when I bought the truck, probably from getting hot and then getting a cool bath of creek water from one of the previous owners. I couldn't have know when I bought it.

Needlees to say, the dodge made it home (with a top off in Elkview) but its days were numbered. About a week after the Sutton trip I traded it in (for $2500) towards my 2006 Chevy Silverado. The Dodge now resides in the scrap heap.
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Re: Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

Post by chris25320 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:24 pm

sorry to hear that Tom. How do you like the silverado?
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Re: Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

Post by tupton » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:35 pm

Love love love the Silverado!

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Re: Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

Post by RAMaJEEP » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:33 pm

what motor did you get in the cheby. Not that it really matters any chevy motor is better than the dodge 4.7
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Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

Post by smccollamjr » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:16 pm

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Re: Help with overheating on my truck-UPDATE

Post by tupton » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:57 pm

Thanks Steve. Yes, I got one with the 5.3L tow package, all the bells and whistles.

No comparison between the little Dakota and the Silverado
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