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5.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$300.00
Average Mileage:
61,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace radiator (1 reports)
  2. used BarsLeak formula to fix (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 052005

Ram 1500 SPORT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Piece of sh*t truck made with piece of sh*t parts. Radiator leaked and I bought a new damn radiator.

- , Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 052007

(reported on)

Ram 1500 5.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

I went into the Army in July of 2005 to get into basic training, and left my vehicle for about a year without use. After returning from the Army to once again use my vehicle, the radiator had a leak. This leak was discovered after having a cooling system flush. I never had the cooling system flushed, this may have been the reason why. Preventive maintenance is VERY important, especially when you are dealing with the COOLING system. My heater core would not work, and the engine would begin to overheat, and flush high pressure, high temp. radiator 50/50 fluid through the system after hitting about 240-290 deg. and would immediately cool the engine down. All I had to do was to keep fluid inside of it, and run the heater to let me know when the fluid was cut off. (there may have been a clog somewhere too.)

So I used some liquid metal BARSLEAK formula, and Prestone Radiator seal, mixed together in the radiator, which completely sealed the leak. The leak was in an unknown location. I have yet to fully repair the cooling system, and it appears to maintain itself well. I will simply just flush the cooling every 10k miles.

- , Aurora, CO, USA

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