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New fan clutch new thermostat new water pump and my dodge

Customer Question

New fan clutch new thermostat new water pump and my dodge Dakota still overheats
JA: How many miles are on the car? What size is the engine?
Customer: 175 000 3.9 v 6
JA: Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: Overheats
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Maybe
JA: Is there anything else the Dodge Mechanic should be aware of about your Dodge?
Customer: Just overheats with all new parts
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Mike S. replied 11 months ago.

Does the exhaust blow out any white smoke like when it has a blown head gasket?

Are you missing any fan shrouds?

Will the engine still overheat with the thermostat out or haven't you tried that yet?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No white smoke. No missing fan shrouds.. tired with no thermostat still overheats but tried that with out no new fan clutch new water pump
Expert:  Mike S. replied 11 months ago.

How long does it take before it overheats, how hot does it actually get and do you have a temperature gauge?

Is this an automatic transmission with an oil cooler inside the radiator and if so does the transmission run hot, fluid look burnt, smell burnt or is the fluid level low/high?

Any leaves blocking the grille?

If this has ac, does it still overheat with ac off?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Drive 10 miles and it overheats no blocking in the grill
Expert:  Mike S. replied 11 months ago.

What about my other questions?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Driving without AC I can drive longer but still overheats
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It's automatic transmission oil cooler I do not know
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Transmission levels seem fine and do not smell burnt
Expert:  Mike S. replied 11 months ago.

Try without the thermostat. If it stops overheating, replace it again. if it still overheats without it, you might as well leave it out until it's fixed but let me know if it still overheats without it.

Is the ignition timing adjustable and if so, it is ok, cause I know for a fact my engine overheated until I adjusted the ignition timing. I still don't have the thermostat back in mine yet.

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