Boiling over, but temp guage not reading hot, radiator cap shot??

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  1. Arya Ebrahimi

    Arya Ebrahimi

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    Ok, after doing some searches and reading through the FSM, I've come to the conclusion that the first thing I should do in trying to solve this problem is change the radiator cap.

    Issue: Ever since my two stucks earlier this week the truck has boiled over 3 times. The temp guage shows slightly warmer than usual, but not anywhere near where it should be for the truck to overheat or boil over. When it has boiled over the truck has been working hard, but not excessively. This lead me to believe that the radiator cap might be worn out or damaged. Does my reasoning sound logical and correct? Thanks

    Ary
     
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    cracked head or blown HG, pumping air into the water jacket which then pressurizes the systems(more than it already is) and dumps the water out.

    maybe?
     
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    I'll stick with a shot radiator cap :flipoff2:
     
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    Replace the cap and have the old one checked by a shop. Cheap money for a cap and may put other questions to rest about the cooling system and HG. Check for bubbles in the overflow tank after the new cap has been in place for a couple of days.
     
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    Arya Ebrahimi

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    I'm currently sitting in the 80 and just noticed that the RPMs are hovering just below 800 with the engine thouroughly warmed and the AC OFF. I wonder if this is at all related. Before these incidents this past week it ALWAYS idled at 600 w/ the AC off after it was warm.

    Hmmm

    Ary
     
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    Tools R Us

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    How much mud is packed in your radiator, a/c condenser, a/t cooler fins? Dried mud is a great insulator, not to mention the air flow reduction.
     
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    I had a similar issue that was due to a bad rad. cap. I say swap out the cap.
     
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    Try the radiator cap first -- it's an inexpensive fix. My guess is that you are assuming that the thermostat and the radiator are working fine, thus the boil over is due to a loss of pressure through the cap.

    I would get the radiator inspected by a radiator shop just to make sure. You could have a dirty radiator that's working at 50% or less.
     
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