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I just replaced the thermostat and my Dodge 1500 Ram V6

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I just replaced the...

I just replaced the thermostat and my Dodge 1500 Ram V6 keeps overheating and overflowing into fill tank? Water pump and fan clutch are only about four months old. No leaks.

Mechanic's Assistant: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?

The transmission?

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your Ram?

2001 with a V6 magnum

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram yourself? What have you tried so far?

Ok before all of this overheating started I installed new plugs and wires and also a throttle control sensor. Then while driving Dodge for less than 10 miles it started to overheat? I had changed my water pump and fan clutch about four months ago during summer. I bought the thermostat then also, but did not change it till it overheated the first time. Two days ago

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Why is the fluid being pumped into the fill tank instead of being sucked into cooling system? Puzzled

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Sounds like you may have a blown head gasket, have you done the test for that yet?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
There is no water in the oil.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

you dont have to have that to have a blown head gasket

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Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

they have the kit you can get at the loaner tool program at the local auto parts store

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
What else do I check
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

it sounds like you have all your bases covered, you could try doing a system bleed on it with the coolant funnel tool, and pull the thermostat and test it to make sure its opening

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I was afraid of that it is in a very tight spot. But ok. Would a possibly clogged heater core make the fluid back up also into the fill tank and make it overflow?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Because I can also feel pressure of the fluid coming through hose going into radiator
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

that would be just a aux flow part of the system and not cause a back up of the main operating coolant flow,

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The Dodge had overheated before I replaced the Thermostat. Now it wont stop overheating?
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

I see quite a few brand new thermostats go bad out of the box, you could just have a bad part, I always check mine before the install and also make sure it has a bleed port in the top

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Should I also pull the water pump to check if it still pumps?
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

every once in a while I see a water pump bad, I would just do the thermostat first and see what happens, go back with water to test the system so you dont waste your coolant and see how it does, if it still acts up check water pump and if thats ok I would do the head gasket check

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
ok I will try that
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

hows it coming?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It’s not overheating anymore. It Max’s out at about 170 and stays steady. It is not back flowing either into overflow/fill tank. Just keeping a close eye on all fluid/oil levels and appearance.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

oh thats good what did you find that was bad?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Everything seems to be working. Except the heater core heating. But the heat is starting to be lukewarm.
Dodge Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 5 months ago

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