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Old 10-03-2013, 09:23 PM
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I am about to purchase a 2001 with manual transmission. Once I get the truck, I'm going to service the transmission fluid and radiator. I have heard that these trucks have a tendency to blow head gaskets. Any input on what I should look for would be helpful
 
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:34 AM
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What engine does yours have?
 
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:44 PM
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Take off the radiator cap and make sure it's full. If it's not full, could be a bad sign.
 
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What motor? How many miles?

While you're at it, I would change the rear diff fluid and the transfer case & front diff if yours is 4wd. There's a good chance it has never been done.

If it's a 4.7, I haven't heard of many people blowing head gaskets on them. In fact, the motor is probably one of the most reliable pieces on the truck. Mine still runs like a top w/ 160k miles on it.
 
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I know of like 2 or 3 guys that blew a head gasket on the 4.7. I know former dakota owner thunder did.
 
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It's not as notorious as the 22re or the 4.0 I6 is but there have been a few
 
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Take off the radiator cap and make sure it's full. If it's not full, could be a bad sign.
Nope it's good
 
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being a manual tranny I doubt you will have to do much with tranny fluid...
 
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I've had a 2001 Dakota for 3 years now and have never had a head gasket problem but my truck only has 181000 actual km on it and was very well taken care of with previous owner who bought it new
 

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