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Check your coolant level in the radiator itself when your engine is cool, if it is low fill it back up to the top and recheck it weekly for the next couple weeks. You could have a leak and not know it. Turns out mine was leaking from the timing chain cover and you couldn't even tell since the block was almost 100% clean still and there were no drips. You have to get under the truck and check the block behind the waterpump since that is where the timing chain cover is.


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your truck is a 3.0L... FINALLY explains why your so angry! LOL
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I wish the 5.0 swap electrical part was as easy as the physical part. Truck would have one it in already. The 3.0 can burn in engine hell.
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Yep, the common 3.0L coolant leak.

How much of a pain in the *** was that to get at? Mine has a slow leak (going on somewhere around 5 years now). I know it's leaking from there, I just don't want to dig into it. I know it's in the $1200 - $1400 range at a dealership to repair that issue.
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hoped they fixed that problem. the 07 seems fine
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Check your coolant level in the radiator itself when your engine is cool, if it is low fill it back up to the top and recheck it weekly for the next couple weeks. You could have a leak and not know it. Turns out mine was leaking from the timing chain cover and you couldn't even tell since the block was almost 100% clean still and there were no drips. You have to get under the truck and check the block behind the waterpump since that is where the timing chain cover is.
thank you for this info, although my coolant level is fine, it always helps to have some ideas of what to look for. this is one of the main reasons I joined the site when I found it.

I also have to say Im impressed with the amount of people on these forums.
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Yep, the common 3.0L coolant leak.

How much of a pain in the *** was that to get at? Mine has a slow leak (going on somewhere around 5 years now). I know it's leaking from there, I just don't want to dig into it. I know it's in the $1200 - $1400 range at a dealership to repair that issue.
A pretty damn big one lol, not worth spending over a grand but it is a pretty decent sized project.
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just went and topped mine off
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just went and topped mine off
yours is a 3.0 and 2wd? how dare you dress your truck up like mine!lol jk
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yours is a 3.0 and 2wd? how dare you dress your truck up like mine!lol jk
Haven't we discussed this before? Lol and if you didn't know I'm body lifted now... Lol
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hoped they fixed that problem. the 07 seems fine

They fixed it in '09
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They fixed it in '09
Exactly........when they stopped offering the 3.0L. LOL
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Mine had that problem. Tightened up the bolts and fed the radiator "cookies". Solved my problem.
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im a fu*kin idiot. when i topped off my radiator yesterday i must not have put the cap on all the way because now my cap is missing and i get to go buy a new one this morning!
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im a fu*kin idiot. when i topped off my radiator yesterday i must not have put the cap on all the way because now my cap is missing and i get to go buy a new one this morning!
lol fail....

I thought that kind of stuff only happened to me
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