Q: Replaced the water pump and timing but but the engine is still overheating in a very short amount of time.

asked by on

I have just replaced the water pump, fan clutch, and timing belt on my 1999 dodge Dakota. The original problem was only with the water pump bearing going out, and I replaced the other parts because they were showing wear. After putting everything back together the engine has started to overheat in very short periods of time, even though it never overheated when the bearing went out. Not sure if it's just too much coolant, I've l t some of it out but it still continues to overheat. My car has an automatic transmission

You may have an air pocket in the cylinder head or the thermostat is not opening up. You should make sure upper and lower coolant hoses are hot. If upper hose is not as hot as the lower hose then you have a stuck thermostat and need to replace it. Then use proper fill procedure to make sure air is purged from system so thermostat can open and system flow is cooling engine.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Replaced the water pump and timing but but the engine is still overheating in a very short amount of time.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Coolant leak in a 2002 Cadillac Escalade

The most common coolant leak other owners have had is the water pump leaking. The typical repair is water pump and thermostat replacement. I recommend having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your coolant leak, which may involve...

Q: I have an engine code on a 2009 Lincoln Town Car that indicates a bad thermostat sensor or thermostat. Is this time critical to ge

If the engine does not get to operating temperature in a certain amount of time the computer will set a code after two complete drive cycles doing the same thing. This is an indication that the thermostat is stuck partly...

Q: what does it mean when your car looses it pwer when your driving

Hello, thank you for writing in. Overheating the engine does major damage, and at a point will ruin the engine. Be careful to not overheat the engine and get this resolved ASAP. The vehicle is likely suffering from issues with...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.