Thinking of buying a 2004 Ram 1500 Qd. cab. However before I arrived the seller had warmed up & said he cleaned off & topped off radiator. two months prior the H2o pump, radiater, fan & shroud was RR,

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Asked by Jul 05, 2015 at 02:07 AM about the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab LB 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Thinking of buying a 2004 Ram 1500 Qd. cab. However before I arrived the seller had warmed up & said he cleaned off & topped off radiator. two months prior the H2o pump, radiater, fan & shroud was RR. It only has 69,000 miles and when I test drove for nearly an hour I had not smelled antifreeze, did not overheat & was not blowing white smoke/steam out tail pipe w hand test to exauhst & no soot in pipe & did not overheat. Should I look further for something? Or any other ideas... Oh yeah! had to replace above items after water pump shaft sheared & shot into radiator etc..

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It's a 4.7 L Magnum motor

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Sounds like the seller is hiding a cold start/cold running problem that goes away once the truck is warmed up. That's an old trick. If you are really interested in the truck, do this. Make a second appointment with the seller to see the truck but show up about 30 minutes early. If the truck is once again warmed up prior to your early arrival walk away from it. There is something that the seller is trying to hide. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks. That's what I was kinda thinking. I'm guessing that means the head gasket is about ready to go?...worse yet a warped head. However If I had a certified mechanic with more knowledge than I, could they determine something at fault. Even though it was warmed up already. I tried showing up early as you say, but apparently it wasn't early enough. Thank you

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Whenever I look at a used vehicle I ask the seller not to start it prior to my visit. I like to listen to a cold engine startup as it can be very revealing sometimes.

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and if your really serious, tell the seller you want your mechanic to inspect it before purchase. If he balks at it, then walk, as others have mentioned.

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