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2001 4.7 Dakota 4x4 upper radiator hose seems to be very low

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2001 4.7 Dakota 4x4 upper radiator hose seems to be very low of coolant when i open it. the engine does not seem to get hot at all and the over flow has coolant in it. Dose this hose empty and fill when needed? I have filled it with the bleeder open and hot so know it is full and no air at that time. Not sure if this is a problem or normal?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Mechanic01 replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Mechanic01 replied 2 months ago.

Are you talking about it collapsing when its hot?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
no, the hose is ok, no issues with the hose, but once and awhile i open the cap on the upper hose and the hose is almost empty, very little water in it. is this a normal condition? the overflow tank is full and the temp never goes past midway. so not sure if i should be concerned about the hose not having water in it.
Expert:  Mechanic01 replied 2 months ago.

I have seen that with those models, I would recomend for that to do what I call a cold bleed on the system and I use a coolant funnel made for the coolant system and let it drain into the system overnight that way you get 100% filled coolant system ,but as a tech I have been seeing these trucks come in for years with that indication level with no worries but if it was my vehicle I would do the cold fill