Having problems with your 2004 Dodge Dakota ?
Just bought a 2004 Dakota 3.7 upper radiator hose did not have a clamp on the motor side AND IT OVERHEATED. I replaced the missing clamp and now the engine over heats. There is no water in the oil so hopefully I did not blow a head gasket. What could be my problem. Where is the thermostat on this truck. I am not much of a mechanic!!
Are you losing coolant? If not, check for a stuck thermostat. Start the car and allow it to run to temperature. The upper and lower hoses should be hot and firm. If the bottom one is not hot or firm there isn't any coolant flowing through it meaning the coolant is not leaving the motor. The thermostat is under the housing where the top hose goes into the engine. To change it remove the hose and remove the housing where the hose connects. The thermostat pops right out. Install a new one and reconnect everything. If that doesn't solve the problem you'll need to look for other signs of coolant loss including the head gasket, side tanks on radiator, and hose connections.
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