Overheated and died while driving on the highway

Asked by May 15, 2017 at 10:19 PM about the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Had the truck towed.  Trying to crank sounded like starter was turning and engine would not turn.  Next day, tried and the engine would crank.  No water in the oil, was able to file the radiator again, no leaks anywhere.  Removed a plug and piston is moving and chamber was dry.  The RPM while cranking only indicates 100 RPM.  No indication of firing or spark.  Have not tested for a spark yet or head pressure.

5 Answers

24,535

Do a compression test on all cylinders before continuing.

1 people found this helpful.

As I was about to do a compression test, notice coolant leaking from the muffler and not the tail pipe. Appears that a compression test will not repair this. Do you think still worthwhile to perform as it appears to be a head gasket issue? Hopefully not more. Any additional guidance before locating a mechanic to repair.

24,535

I would still do the test. It will not repair it it just test for compression leak. It can help you know for sure which or between which cylinders the leak is and you can be more able to locate other issues like a crack if one in that area or surface scars ect, it may not be the gasket, it could be cracks. I would want to know where its leaking or not and if that coming out muffler is for sure coolant and not condensation as all can produce.

I am certain fluid that is leaking from muffler is coolant. Bright green. Attempted a compression test on 1,3,5. Pressure for these three was 40, 0, 0. As I was doing this also noticed large oil leak under the engine. Is this an additional indication that the block is cracked. Looked at the oil not milky. However, noticed that it is way above the fill line. Thinking coolant is leaking into there as well.

24,535

Sure sounds like a new engine. I will say that the oil passageways also run threw the head gaskets but if you getting a large puddle of oil from somewhere other than a gasket, may just be a crack. The oil level higher than normal, the two fluids resist mixing and would take some engine running time or a whole lot of coolant and some run time to turn milky, its likely coolant in bottom of oil pan.

Your Answer:

Ram 1500

Looking for a Used Ram 1500 in your area?

CarGurus has 523 nationwide Ram 1500 listings starting at $4,300.

Postal Code:

Dodge Ram 1500 Experts

  • #1
    Dan Connell
    Reputation
    7,190
  • #2
    pudgybear
    Reputation
    6,950
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    6,510
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
129 Great Deals out of 11,395 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
106 Great Deals out of 11,112 listings starting at $4,950
Used Dodge Ram 2500
77 listings starting at $2,975
Used GMC Sierra 1500
87 Great Deals out of 10,384 listings starting at $4,995
Used Toyota Tundra
29 Great Deals out of 1,517 listings starting at $4,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
15 Great Deals out of 1,757 listings starting at $6,413
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
21 Great Deals out of 794 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
41 Great Deals out of 1,238 listings starting at $3,995
Used Dodge Dakota
5 Great Deals out of 131 listings starting at $4,795

Used Cars For Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.