Jeep Grand Cherokee Overheating


Asked by Nov 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM about the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it
over heats when I drive, but not at idle. I
have notice when it's overheating that the
top hose is extremely pressurized.  But the
weird thing is that I don't have a
thermostat in. Further information, I have
replace the water pump, radiator, radiator
cap. Also, when I bleed the truck, I bleed it
on a hill, the truck is blowing both cold and
hot air. I can idle and rev the truck as much
as I want without overheating, but as soon
as I drive about 2 miles it's goes very hot,
on the verge of overheating.
Is there any thought of the issue and

15 Answers


Are the cooling fans pulling and not pushing air through the radiators?

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Well, on these jeeps, there are electric fans. And I forgot to mention that the fan does work.

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They will work both directions, so make sure they are pulling air through the radiator, not pushing air out.

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That seems logical, I'll check in the morning. If that's the problem, how do I resolute that? Also, what is your theorie on the high pressures top hose?


To change the fans direction just reverse polarity at the connector. High pressure can be a couple of things, 1 the coolant flow is too fast for proper heat exchange, a thermostat would slow down the flow, 2 air and coolant flow restricted, but you stated that you have already replaced both the radiator and water pump, so I think we can rule that one out, 3 a blown head gasket, compression gasses building up in the cooling system while running.

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Alright, I'll look into the fan. If I had a blown head gasket, wouldn't the oil be milky? The oil is not milky at all.


In the very early stages the oil would still look good, but you might notice some coolant consumption.

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This problem has actually been percostant for about 3-4 months. And I have not changed the oil since.


Ok if it has been that long chance are good that you don't have a blown headgasket, but if it keep getting hot like that it will.

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Yeah, I am surprised it hasn't yet haha. But I'll get back to you when I check it. Thank you Shoe


Great and good luck.

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Sometimes on these jeeps you can have a blown head gasket and not have a milky oil or oily antifreeze. Have a smoke test performed, it could be a hairline crack between cylinders

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Yeah I saw that, but the problem is fixed. It was the fan, it was pushing the opposite direction and now it's. It overheating.. thank you so much TennisShoe. I would have never thought of the fan. I might have tore the whole head off before I looked into the fan.


Change out the radiator cap for a lower pressure one.

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Great glad I could help.

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