08 3.7 Headproblems? waterpump?
So I got an 08 ram with 280k miles
Never had too many problems with it waterpump, wheel hubs, fuel pump
ANd the other parts from when it was stolen, hit a cow, deer, pigs, signs, trees and you name it whatever else.
So My truck has been overheating the last few days.
Poped the hood noticed fluid was low but full in rad looked around.
Thermostat house bolt was missing got a new one and changed thermostat.
I put new thermostat in just how the old one came out with the hole up top also.
As far as the waterpump I changed it last summer but Iam not sure if its working Since both the lower and upper rad hoses feel cold, but there are 2 3/8 hoses above the rad hose that goes to the thermostat that are hot to the touch.
When the truck gets to the running temp which takes about 10 mins. The oil light blinks when i take off from a stop and the engine sounds like a diesel when i take off. Iam not sure if its bc I didnt change the oil for 19K miles or what. But I did changed it before this started happening. Ive check it again and its doesnt give a milky apperance or anything.
The exhuast it puts out a mild steam that dissapers after it gets to the back of the truck. Drips enough I could fill up a cup in a few minutes.
(Ive got 2 6 inch tips dumped under the truck right behind the cab)
I cant notice a smell bc of my profession on the oil rigs and iam a heavy smoker.
Nor can I tell if its normal bc I havent had exhuast for 2 years I barley got true duals last week after getting my 7th inspection ticket and threatened to have my truck impounded by a judge!
The heater in my truck also stopped working a about 20 miles ago 30 miles total since it started overheating.
Can any of you nice folks in ram land suggest where I should go from here how to tell if its my waterpump, or something in my engine?
Also Ive probley had 3 different types of collents in my truck in the last 6k miles 2 different oil places universal, green I put in and about 1/3 of a gallon of red, and the yellow I put in it half gallon when i changed the thermostat.
I think I could fix it if its the engine but I dunno if the price of rebuilding the engine would be the same as getting a crate motor or something from craigslist and just using all my parts I got now, for the same price.
IVe never torn into an engine but I am a master plumber and have a high mechanicaly apatitude But I couldent tell you what a cam or a head or valve or any of that otherstuff is.
Again any help is apperciated! And I hope if anyone is above the 200K+ they have enjoyed there truck as much as mine.
Edit I just want to say sorry about my spelling and grammer I grew up in Hicktown texas sO I hope its not annoying for all of you! Please bare with me!
Last edited by 08RecordRam; 12-11-2013 at 11:38 PM.