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Old 11-17-2010, 11:35 AM
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Ok, so my buddy has a 2001 Dodge Ram diesel. for the last 2 weeks the temp gauge won't ever budge. won't even come close to getting up to operating temp. I don't think it's the gauge, because even after 20 mins on the freeway the heater doesn't really warm up anymore. My first thought is that the thermostat isn't closing. I was hoping to get anyone else's thoughts first before i told him to tear it apart.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:37 AM
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oh and btw I have very little experience with diesels.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:45 AM
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Check coolant level. If that's ok, replace the thermostat.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:51 AM
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Check coolant level. If that's ok, replace the thermostat.
Yep, but my money is on the thermostat being failed open (which is what they should do).
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:10 PM
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better than failing open though
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:33 PM
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oh, and just out of curiosity, (I haven't even popped the hood on his truck yet) where am i looking for the thermostat on this model (01 diesel ram).
is it pretty simple to get to?
I drive a 1970 chevy pickup myself and am always surprised by the difficulty in getting to things on newer models. I like old simple stuff.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:39 PM
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Just follow the upper radiator hose to the engine. Under the fitting it attaches to, you will find the thermostat.
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thanks again ^^
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Leave a breadcrumb trail so you can find your way back out again.
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Leave a breadcrumb trail so you can find your way back out again.
Don't use breadcrumbs, Aims4squirells will eat them, and then where will you be?
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