Dodge Dakota Problem Report

Dodge Dakota Coolant Loss and Engine Overheating

(46 reports)

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.

Engine overheats, noticed coolant leaking around the water pump area, I am fairly sure I need to replace the water pump and gasket, I feel there also may be a problem in the flow of coolant though the engine and associated hoses, as I put in new coolant in the resevoir and it is still a very bright green color and the coolant that is leaking is a dirty brown color, was wondering why this is. -
SMALL COOLANT LEAK BUT TRUCK HAS NEVER OVERHEATED. I HAVE NOT TRACED THE LEAK TO THE POINT OF ORIGIN YET BUT IT SEEMS TO BE AT OR AROUND THE WATER PUMP. HAVE REPLACED THE WP GASKET ONCE, ABOUT 30,000 MILES AGO. -
INTAKE LEAKS IN OF ENGINE. -
Not fixed yet. Overheating badly. Steam vigorously rising from grill after less than 5 miles of town driving. -
Coolant leak for years had it fixed 3 times still leaks -
Vehicle did not run hot or show a check engine light. intermittant scent of antifreeze. No coolant in overflow. Took to a radiator specialist who noted a crack between the overflow tank and the radiator. Had to replace the entire radiator and overflow to correct the problem. Also, was told the entire "guts" of the radiator was "bad." It has been two years and still get occassional scent of antifreeze, no coolant in overflow. Suspect heater coil. -
The dealership replaced the water pump and it has not stop leaking from the top -
overheating only in cool weather. and a coolant leak from radiator front right side which is the same spot four of my friends are leaking from. put three jars of stop leak to no avail. -
Replaced radiator, thermostat, no water leaking but still overheating. Replacing fill neck cap and coolant temprature relay and the thermostat sending unit or ect relay. -
Water pump was bad leaking fluid. -
Heater return hose keeps blowing off -
water pump went on a drive to pa... wierd symptom that I didn't really understand..it was overheating it was just stalling when when I'd brake aggressively or drive too slow.... anyways the water pump made it stop. not related but I also just found a transmission leak. damn... -
coolant leak intake maniford -
Noticed the overflow reservoir was low/empty and added fresh 50/50 RTU antifreeze. Next morning notice brown fluid on ground and reservoir was again low/empty. Used radiator pressure gauge and notice leak around thermostat housing. Also when testing main pressure cap was corroded. Replaced thermostat and pressure cap. Did follow up system testing and now have brown water leaking at fan clutch shaft seal area. Plan is to tear down to water pump level and evaluate seal and water pump housing this weekend. No other leaks have been detected. -
not fixed yet -
truck was overheating and loosing nearly all coolant every other day. found that my rad was clogged causing pressure build up and the coolant was blowing out the overflow. replaced rad it was ok for a day or so and then stared again. found fan cloth and stat bad. had replaced and a view days later engine stared to overheat again. this time i found that since the rad cap had been on and off so many times the seal was bad and as the truck cooled it would blow out there. replaced cap and haven't had issue since. -
Overheating tried radiator, waterpump, thermostat, flushing radiator etc. no luck yet still overheating -
My truck was getting hot and the thermostat was replaced. It ran normal for awhile then started getting hot again. To fix the problem, my mechanic replaced the water pump and the radiator. This was done just this year so I don't know if it will last! -
waterpump and thermostat went out almost simultaneously, truck overheated enough that it split a hose so I replaced all the radiator hoses, replaced therm and pump and thermostat housing gasket in summer 2007. dont like napa parts btw, had to replace both pump and therm after 6mos (just barely still under warranty), got refund and switched to advance auto, no problems with either ever since. radiator is still original. works perfectly but is really rusty inside so its on my list. -
Constant anti freeze smell in the cab. -
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