Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Rocklin, CA
Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Dakota R/T
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Yes I had the system 'burped' when we replaced the water pump. Had plenty of fluid in radiator and overflow bottle.
NOW!!! I have another problem. Similar issue, but different, maybe.
I have been consistently smelling coolant once again. I came to a stop a couple days ago and noticed that there was steam once again coming from under the hood. Once I made it to my destination, I opened the hood & saw steam coming from the radiator cap. Also the hose now is white from the coolant & steam pouring out. Thinking it may be a defective cap, I replaced that. No change.
Truck is still overheating again. I added a gallon and a half of coolant into the radiator via the cap (which we all know is located on that top radiator hose). Next day, it did it again. I have since added another gallon. Also there is a bearing noise again. Not sure if it's the water pump (again) or a different pulley. Very difficult to tell.
The reservoir also has not dropped @ all! When I removed the radiator cap & put the coolant in, and ran the truck, it did bubble, etc like it's supposed to if the water pump & thermostat are working. When I rev the motor, the coolant level in the upper radiator hose drops, until I put it back into idle. Seems odd to me but I don't know.
SO...what is my new problem? Please help, this is getting very frustrating!!!