pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
113,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace radiator T & flush system (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Dakota cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 102010

Dakota SLT 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Between main radiator top hoses between block and radiator is a plastic T with Radiator cap.This T is made of plastic,truck runs hot in summer months only,real hot on very hot days within 16 miles.T had broken engine coolant was spraying from T area .The T had around an eight of an inch left on both sides that hoses connect to! The new T has around an inch and one half for hoses to connect two.So plastic parts from T are trapped in Radiator/chunks,had radiator flushed looked like creek water.Could see small parts of T floating in water,when removed T found big chunks of plastic in main radiator hose inner wall when replaced T.

So now I will replace the Radiator I am 100% sure plastic chunks are still in radiator,the thermostat was replaced the year before but I will replace it once again while I have the radiator replaced cause a plastic part could be trapped in it as well not allowing it to open and close as it is suppose to.The reason it does not run hot in winter months is because most people run their heaters and the thermostat is full open and the engine does not work as hard in cooler months as it does in the summer months.Now if you take on this task on top of the engine block on the driver side where the radiator hose connects to the block and the other end of the hose to the plastic T .There is a square block with an Allan head screw that will have to be removed,once the radiator is drained this will remove any trapped air when filling radiator which could cause vapor lock,run engine until air passes out then install Allan head screw.This square block with Allen head top dead center is forward of main radiator hose,then aft end hooks up to the end of T.

All this work due to a plastic T,Who ever came up with the Plastic T idea is stupid and a looser.Ram tough? really. Plastic does not hold it's shape in hot and cold extreme changes.Over a short length of time it becomes weak,brittle,warped,and (breaks).This is the same reason engine blocks are not made from plastic or water pumps,So any part that deals with an engine cooling system does not need (Plastic) in the process!!!!

Thanks Dodge for my up an coming work.The T should be made of cast iron or aluminum,or better yet do away with it have the main radiator hose run from the block to the radiator with the radiator cap mounted on top of the radiator,Just like the good old days,some things do not require change and should be left alone! Hope this solves the issue,electric fan still works,replaced fan clutch& thermostat (Plastic)-T,radiator cap,radiator hoses,flushed radiator and block.Radiator is only thing left like I said 100% sure plastic parts are blocking core areas in radiator good size chunks still remain in radiator I think.If not this is the last dodge I will ever own!!!!!!

- , N Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Apr 242009

Dakota Q/C 4x4 Sport 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

during the summer my dodge runs hot, almost overheating. i have replaced the fan clutch numerous time, flushed the radiator, change the cap, no sure what to do next possible change the radiator and water pump, electric fan is working correctly.normally smell anti freeze around vehicle but can never tell where its coming from (doesn't appear to be leaking) vehicle runs great during the winter months, the summer comes the vehicle runs hot and kills my a/c. dealer thinks it the radiator but what do they know.

- , Chicago, IL, US

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