Coolant Loss and Engine Overheating on Dodge Ram 1500

Engine overheating can result from coolant leaks which are commonly found at the thermostat housing gasket, water pump, heater return tube O-ring at the water pump, intake manifold gasket, and timing cover gasket. Our technicians recommend a complete inspection of the cooling system after any repairs are made to be sure there are no other leaks.

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Average mileage: 133,879 (47,700–236,000)
Engines affected: 3.7L V6, 3.9L V6, 4.7L V8, 5.2L V8, 5.7L V8 HEMI, 5.9L V8, 8.3L V10
14 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
82 people reported this problem
32 people shared problem details
2003 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.7L V8 HEMI108,000
Antifreeze gone without any signs of leaking. Smells heavily of antifreeze in the coolant bay. 2nd time this has happened withing the year.
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2001 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8
leaking coolant arround timing cover, seal replaced
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V8169,000
Coolant "disappears". No evident show of leakage except after about 300 mi., have to add coolant. This also happens with engine oil. Told head bolts stretch on this model with no recourse but have all replaced and head(s) repaired.
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1998 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8157,000
Leaking antifreeze out back of motor can not find were it is coming from yet took starter off to get a better veiw of were it is coming from.
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2004 Dodge Ram 1500- 3.7L V655,701
My 3.7 liter engine in my Ram 1500 is running hot. I replaced the coolant, flushed the radiator and replaced the thermostat. It still runs hot whether it is stop and go or highway driving. The water pump is pushing water and I verified the heater core was not clogged during my system flush. I am hesistant to replace the radiator or the water pump.
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1999 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8171,029
Water pump been replaced twice. Thermostat been replaced. Timing cover gasket replaced. Intake manifold gasket replaced. All failed one right after the other.
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1998 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8172,068
The intake manifold is corroded so badly where the thermostat sits that I cannot get it to seal up properly. Looks like I will need to replace the intake manifold to stop leak. Seems excessive to have to replace the entire intake manifold to stop a leak. I think dodge needs to rethink & redesign and offer a recall to get this issue fixed.
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1996 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8179,000
my friend decided to do one hell of a burnout in my truck and blew my intake gasket
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2000 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V8101,600
my anti freeze started coming out of all gaskets.
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V8101,000
replace intake gasket
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500220,000
How does a dodge 4.7 run with warped heads
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2004 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V8128,000
Overheating not yet fixed
2008 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V8236,000
Check gages light came on temp have showed hot. I pulled over opened hood pulled off cold radiator cap had fluid in radiator, and in reservoir started it back up lights were all normal. Went 3 miles it stopped dealer says engine is blown. Won't stand behind their warranty or the water pump that they installed in March of this year.
2003 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V892,000
Water pump gasket leak. Replaced waterpump, hoses, plastic return on block and gasket.
2005 Dodge Ram 1500- 3.7L V6130,000
Water leaks
2002 Dodge Ram 1500- 3.7L V691,000
I am having problems with overheating also. I thought the water pump was bad so me and another friend changed and put a new water pump on. We figured the thermostat was still working, so I am still driving, now it only starts to overheat on long distance trips. I did discover a pin hole under the radiator cap. Still trying to figure out what the issue is....
2005 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.7L V8 HEMI139,673
I'm leaking antifreeze from behind water pump
2007 Dodge Ram 1500- 4.7L V8121,473
Timing Cover leaking.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500- 5.9L V896,000
Engine overheating quickly. Appears that the thermostat is not opening. The radiator is cool to the touch after overheating as are the upper and lower coolant hoses.
Just had a tune up replaced plugs and wires, new water pump, new fuel pump etc... but the engine light stays on and check gauge light keep coming on and going off as thermostat gauge continues to rise and fall
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