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Old 09-13-2013, 03:17 PM
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Heating up 97 7.3l

I just bought this new truck 97 powerstroke with 144,000 miles on it. It needed a new solenoid pack in the tranny's so we replaced that and that fixed a lot of its problems. But the engine is heating up more than my old truck ever did when I was towing of 15,000 pound trailer. It goes all the way up to M in "normal" Just by driving it for five minutes. The radiator doesn't have a cap directly on it, but has an additional overflow box that you put the water in. So I can't tell if the water is circulating or not. Is my right radiator bad? Is there anyway I can test it?
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:30 PM
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Try a new thermostat. It may have one in it that's meant to get warmer (northern truck).
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:38 PM
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So you think the thermostat went bad in it or?.. Is it easy to get to?
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Does it go any higher than "M"? That's higher than mine, but you could have a hotter thermostat. Mine gets to the "O" and stays. Even hauling 4 horses in a stock trailer (not a light trailer either). I have the 205*. Most people use the 203* stat.


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Old 09-13-2013, 04:53 PM
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How would I tell if its a high temp thermostat? It was at M and then after running a little bit went to O.
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