1998 Dodge Durango V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 147000 miles
I bought my Durango just over a week ago, and everything was fine initially. A few days ago, I started it up and the heater would not blow even warm air, let alone hot. After I started driving, I noticed that the temperature gauge would gradually move up to the red, causing the " Check Gauges" light to come on. After a minute or two, the needle would drop back down to mid-range (approx. 190 or so), and gradually cycle through the process again. I put a new thermostat and gasket on it, and the problem still persists. I've added plenty of water and anti-freeze, and am gradually losing it. I have found that it is leaking coolant, but that it only drips once every three seconds or so when the engine is running and warmed up. I have a Haynes manual, and I've checked the radiator and hoses--no problems there. The leak seems to be on the low back of the engine block, down near the oil pan. I've heard it could be a freeze plug, a water pump, or something else. Any thoughts?
Thursday, December 27th, 2007 AT 12:10 PM