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I have a Dodge Dakota 6 cyl 2004. When ever I put the (new)

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I have a Dodge Dakota 6 cyl 2004. When ever I put the (new) thermostat in it overheats in about 15 min. It runs fine without thermostat except heater won't work and engine light stays on. No leaks and and radiator cap is new. I do the work myself, and aim the spring in thermostat toward the engine as book suggests. How can I get the heater to work?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

Hi Im David, was the reason you replaced the t stat because of overheating?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
but I thought that I had taken care of that since it stopped overheating.
Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

ok, is it overheating or not? you're confusing me here.

Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

did you put it in like this

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It does not overheat unless I put the thermostat back in, I am confused too. any suggestion might be helpful for now. I can't work on the vehicle right now but I might call you when I am able too.
Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

are both radiator hoses getting equally hot when the engine is up to operating temp?

Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

ill be back on in a hour. gotta get out of this shop and home.

Expert:  david craig replied 5 months ago.

just checking in to see how its going