Dodge Radiators

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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On most occasions, you'll have the time and money to have your Dodge radiator professionally repaired, which is always the preferred option. There are instances, however, in which you'll have to summon your inner mechanic to make the fixes you need to get you to a repair shop. If you're driving your Dodge Ram or pickup through the desert or mountains, for example, finding a pro may be impossible. It's then time to break out your crescent wrench and get to work.

What are the problems that most commonly befall Dodge trucks and other 4x4 vehicles? A lot of off-roading and four-wheel-drive vehicles are pushed to the max by outdoors types who love to see how challenging the terrain can be. This can lead to unreasonable demands on your truck's cooling system as your engine must work overtime to supply sufficient power to the axles and wheels.

What Goes Wrong with Dodge Radiators

The easiest problem to fix is that of the depleted tank. How can a radiator drain without your noticing? Well, if you have a slow, steady leak, you may never notice coolant dripping from your truck. Then, one day, you're "mysteriously" out of fluid. The good news is, if this happens, good old tap water can bail you out of a fix and give you enough heat-dissipation to get you to a few more exits down the highway.

Another common problem that befalls radiators is the broken hose. In cases where the rubber or resin is merely split, you can frequently find "band-aids" to patch things up. Heavy-duty tape is one safe bet, though there are more everyday solutions that you can apply as well. If your hose is broken as opposed to cracked, you'll have to find a temporary replacement part of roughly similar size and weight such as a plastic tube or can. Of course, it helps to find something that's heat-resistant as well.

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