The Engine may Overheat Due to Debris in the Cylinder Head Coolant Port on Dodge Journey

An engine overheating condition may develop due to a coolant flow issue. Our technicians tell us that debris may block the cylinder head coolant port at the primary thermostat housing. Removing the debris should correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 82,243 (27,400–209,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, FWD, 3.5L V6, 3.6L V6
5 model years affected: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, more2013
41 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V641,000
noticed that the car was losing power at times. This past weekend it started running hot. checked thermostat, water-pump and fans. all are work and the car is still running hot
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V629,000
Similar problem, however the coolant level is correct. I let the car sit and cool, turned around and headed home. I am not sure what else i can personally check, but i want to try to avoid a hefty bill for a repair from the dealership (if it makes it there!) Look forward to hearing anyone's solutions or what the dealer told them.
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V680,000
Overheating add antifreeze will run for 2 to 3 mins then will start flowing back into the resovior
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V679,000
We had no warning no issues. The car began to overheat and the light came on. We stopped immediately and saw fluid flowing from the bottom of the car. We also saw steam spewing out the top of the car. The shop says the Cylinder head gaskets have to be replaced and it was from faulty hoses of DODGE! When I called their customer service they were rude and completely unhelpful. The lady claimed there was a recall but not on the 2009. Well maybe this issue goes back further than they think.
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V632,000
Car temperature light came. Pulled off the road looked under the hood to discover that the coolant was low and engine was steaming. Waited for car engine to cool and then drove to the nearest gas station to purchase coolant. Added coolant to the car and drove about 5 miles when the temperature gage light came on again and an alarm sounded so I stopped the car on the side of the road. Called for road service and had car towed to the dealership. Was told it was a leak in the head gasket and that the dealership service department had not seen that happen before with this make and model. Driving over 78 miles a day has cause this vehicle to accrue 32,000 miles in a short time so they may see more of this occurring in the near future with this particular vehicle as time goes by. Car was repaired under the manufacturers warranty!
2012 Dodge Journey- 3.6L V643,000
Im not sure but I have a whine now when engine running I want to know what else might be the problem since ive gotten this car nothing but issues
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V640,000
I have not taken it in yet. I am out of waranty. Maybe ill try a new thermostat and a radiator flush.
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6
same year, same milage, same story for me!
2009 Dodge Journey- 2.4L 4 Cylinder77,000
My car is over heating
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6125,788
Same exact problems. Replaced thermostat three times. Car runs fine without the soon as it is replaced...overheats. Front brakes problem with this car too. Such a lemon. Dodge should be ashamed!
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V685,000
Replaced water pump, timing belt, thermostat, and overheats, hoses good, rad. Good, a small leak at base of head, only when overheating, why dose it boil over
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6209,000
Car lost power in the process of me driving. Tried to restart it but it completely was out. Later got it checked and it was told the timing belt pulley and the timing belt needed to be replaced. Did that. Then later was told the cylinder head needed to be replaced. I've had this car for over 3yrs and it's been nothing but problems from it constantly running hot, front and rear suspension always gives me problems and beyond.
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6121,198
Overheating water running back into reservor
2010 Dodge Journey- 2.4L 4 Cylinder105,090
Driving vehicle and temperature creeps up over time. After stops and starts the temperature goes higher and then the indicator goes on. was low on coolant and coolant had overflowed out of the overflow reservoir. Let engine cool and next morning ran fine until got into town and after some stopping and starting it began to heat up again. Taking it in and worried what it might be.
2009 Dodge Journey- 2.4L 4 Cylinder52,000
over hated on me.Had to get towed to repair shop.
2013 Dodge Journey- 2.4L 4 Cylinder62,000
Vehicle stalls at intersection, after 20 mins vehicle started up with message "engine oil too hot, might affect speed", vehicle was pulled over to side of road. Vehicle never overheated or any indication vehicle was running hot. Vehicle towed to dealership where purchased, found coolant in cylinder, was advised due to warranty vehicle had to be towed to a Dodge dealership that morning. One week later was contacted and told that coolant was found in all 4 cylinder and would need all maintenance records on vehicle which was provided by the end of business day. Six days later was contacted by dealership informed that sludge was found in the engine and warranty was denied, new engine was needed at the cost of $5933.00
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6125,000
An engine overheating condition may develop due to a coolant flow issue. Our technicians tell us that debris may block the cylinder head coolant port at the primary thermostat housing.
2009 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V676,898
Same problem with over heating
2010 Dodge Journey- 3.5L V6146,524
Bought car used and was just wondering what would cause this problem.
Debris in cylinder head coolant port. Cleaned out port. Replaced water pump and loaded new antifreeze.
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