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Smell of hot antifreeze.

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Leebo, May 27, 2017.

  1. Leebo

    Leebo Junior Member

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    I have a 2013 ram 3500 crew cab 4X4 diesel Dually. I sometimes get a smell of antifreeze after driving. I have crawled all over and under to and can't spot a leak.
    Anybody else have this problem, or is it a problem?
    Leebo
     
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    If your not loosing anti-freeze then it's probably not a problem.
    If you are losing anti-freeze and you can't see any crusty remains of dried coolant, you might want to have the EGR cooler checked.
     
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    Coolant

    Thanks Crash
     
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    Seems to be a common problem with these RAMs...Mine does it...It's wonderful sitting at a stoplight on a beautiful day with the windows down, and smelling hot antifreeze coming from your new truck...Just another issue on the biggest P.O.S. truck ive ever owned.....:puke:
     
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    FYI. Almost all radiators develop very small leaks on the upper plastic housing where coolant doesn't fill, but pressure increases. You would only smell it after driving to operating temperatures. We didn't start seeing the leak till the crap developed into a bigger one where bubbles could be seen.

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    Check the upper radiator hose at the plastic y, it may be cracked. Mine did. New hose about $150.
     
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    Mine didnt have the smell, till they performed the water pump recall on my 3500 last year. After that I too, get that momentary wiff of hot antifreeze.

    Had the same thing on my 18 dodge caravan recently, found it had a small pin hole on the radiator. Just big enough to cause staining on the fins. w/o the stains, I would have never seen it.
     

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